Give the Gift of Ammo: Handgun Edition

As the holiday season bears down on us, many friends and family begin asking what’s the best gift to give my gun owner? Aside from pricey guns and gear, there’s one gift that always pleases 2A supporters and that, of course, is ammo. We can’t get enough!

To help you navigate the best options for the handgun owner in your life, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite pistol rounds for concealed carry and plinking.

1. Federal HST

Handgun Ammo

Federal’s HST is available in several calibers and is designed for self-defense and concealed carry.


Federal’s HST is well known in the concealed carry community and is a popular load for those packing heat. Featuring a hollow point bullet, HST expands through a bevy of barriers while maintaining desired penetration without over-penetrating. The 9mm flavor brings a muzzle velocity of 1,150 feet-per-second out of a 4-inch test barrel.

A great gift for the concealed carry enthusiasts in your life, Federal’s HST is priced around $30 for a 20-round box and comes in multiple, popular handgun calibers.

2. Hornady Critical Defense

Handgun Ammo

Hornady Critical Defense makes an excellent gift for the personal defense enthusiast.


Hornady also offers a concealed carry option perfect for the Sheepdogs among us. Critical Defense brings its patented FTX technology with Flex-Tip. This design creates reliable expansion while also preventing the round from catching on clothing. Using low-flash propellant, the rounds excel in low light shooting preventing disruption of night vision while firing.

Available in several calibers, Hornady’s Critical Defense comes in 25 or 50 round boxes, depending on caliber, and retails around $25.

3. Speer Gold Dot

Handgun Ammo

Speer brings a name instantly recognizable for its reliability and consistency.


A preferred load for many law enforcement professionals, Speer Gold has a reputation built on reliable feeding and consistent expansion regardless of caliber. Offering a muzzle velocity of 1,150-feet-per-second in 124-grain 9mm loads, Gold Dot is perfect for the concealed carrier or home defense aficionado.

Speer Gold Dot ships in 20-round boxes with prices starting around $25.

4. CCI Blazer Brass

Handgun Ammo

Blazer Brass by CCI is affordable and also brings along brass that can be reloaded.


Training ammo makes an excellent stocking stuffer or gift for gun owners hitting the range regularly. CCI’s Blazer Brass brings an affordable option for those watching their wallets this holiday season. Available in common handgun calibers like .380 ACP, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. Even better, Blazer Brass can be reloaded.

The full metal jacket rounds come in 100 round boxes with an MSRP starting around $25.

5. Winchester White Box

Handgun Ammo

Winchester White Box is a budget-friendly brand perfect for plinking.


Affectionately known in the gun community as Winchester White Box, Winchester’s USA brand brings a legacy of budget-friendly bullets to the table. A great plinking option, the White Box rounds come in a range of caliber options so you’re sure to find whatever caliber you’re loved one prefers.

Winchester White Box starts around $10 for a box of 50 and $25 for a box of 100.

Make sure to check out’s full array of ammo to make that gun owner in your life smile this season.

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