BROWSING THE AMMUNITION DEPARTMENT at the local store that everyone loves to hate, I surveyed the prices of training ammunition. The best deal I could find for FMJ .223 was $7.99 for a box of 20. Round it up to eight bucks and the quick division comes out to forty cents a shot. Moving over to the handgun section I found Federal’s 9mm FMJ in the maroon box for $9.49 per box of 50. Referring back to our calculator, that’s approximately 19 cents a shot for the 9mm.
If you like to shoot, to actually press the trigger versus standing around talking, any time you can save money on ammunition is a good time. Question: Why are we talking about .223 and 9mm ammunition in the same paragraph? Answer: They are both cartridges chambered in modern Stoner-based carbines.
There have been AR-carbines chambering the 9mm cartridge for better than 20 years now. I can recall the great fervor that surrounded the Colt CAR-15 in 9mm when it was first released. I was only 19 years old when my local gun shop received a 9mm CAR-15 and hung it up on the wall. If memory serves, the price tag on that gun was around $450, nearly a month’s pay for me at the time and far out of my price range.