The 10mm was initially developed by firearms genius Jeff Cooper and ammo manufacturers Norma. The idea was to design a fast, and powerful round for police and military use. The 10 mm would be between a 9mm and a 45 ACP, but be harder hitting, and superior when it comes to barrier penetration. All in all it would be a gunfighters round. After a short adoption by the FBI and some police agencies the 10mm rounds was declared too powerful to control and the 40 Smith and Wesson(Short and Weak,) Was born.
What does the 10mm offer Preppers?
Well for one a near magnum level cartridge for use in auto loaders. The 10mm is superior to the 357 Magnum when loaded hot, and unlike a 357 you can get up to 15 rounds versus 6 from a revolver. The 10 mm is also an incredibly versatile cartridge, the round can be loaded for soft recoiling light rounds for Target shootings, a proper high power hollow point for use on people, or a solid hard cast lead round for hunting.
The 10mm is an excellent self defense round and when loaded with an appropriate load the 10mm is a man stopper. A good Winchester Silver 175 grain silvertip is perfect for self defense. Buffalo Bore makes a 220 grain hard cast 10mm round that is good bear medicine, or perfect for hunting hogs, or deer. The versatility of the 10mm is what makes it an excellent choice for preppers. One could carry a mag with self defense ammo, and another for hunting and instantly swap mags to fulfill a different purpose.
To keep the versatility wheel going I suggest buying a Glock 20 if you are going the 10mm route. If you do, with only a barrel change you can fire 40 S&W, and 357 SIG, using the same 10mm magazines. This makes scavenging for ammo much easier when your weapon can fire 3 different rounds. The 10mm is just an awesome round, and while it’s a bit expensive, it’s usefulness is well worth the cost of admission.
I would love to hear your opinion on this also, what gun do you like most?