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Friday, April 16, 2010

Federal 9BP at Cheaper Than Dirt

Standard pressure (NON +P or +P+) 9MM 115 grain hollowpoint

There are rumors that some police departments still issue this old load which is somewhat surprising, it goes all the way back to the beginnings of law enforcement transitioning from revolvers to semi-auto pistols. The 9BP earned a reputation as a decent stopper that would feed in finicky pistols. Every time I think that this particular load is forever gone, I find a batch for sale by one of the major suppliers. Since selling all of my finicky 9MM pistols, I haven’t had a real need for this load so I usually take a pass when I see it available; I am well stocked with its successor, the +P+ 9BPLE. Recently I had a hankering to return a small batch of it to the ammo raft so I scored 500 rounds from Cheaper Than Dirt a couple of days ago. As of this moment, 9BP is still listed in stock but the supply probably won’t last too much longer. Grab yourself some.

Click here for a classic Stephen A. Camp article about the 9BP and the Browning Hi Power.



dmurray said...

I ordered some 9bple from CTD. My quaint Sig P6 did well with it and everything else after I had the ramp polished. I checked CTD for more and 9bple was all gone. Rats! I'd settle for the 9bp, though.

Re "finicky" nines, My P6 was a disappointment until I had the ramp polished as I said (11/81 stamped on the slide). I've had a Smith 469, an HK P7, a Sig 226 all without function problems.

I can't bring myself to snub 9mm anymore.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

CTD offers the 9BPLE more often than they do 9BP. I check CTD almost every day to see what they have; if I see any 9BPLE there I'll blog a notice here or I can email ya if you would like.

dmurray said...

(Hanging head) I appreciate the offer, but I lurk there enough probably for both of us.

Having fallen for so many darn gun fads, my current rube behavior is having bought that P6.

I am currently, however, successful in resisting the urge to buy a piston operated funny caliber AR15.

Keep up the good blog work!

CheaperThanDirt.com said...

Hey guys - we've got a fair amount of the 9BP in stock at the moment, and I'll keep an eye out for the 9BPLE and mention it on Twitter and Facebook when we get the next shipment in.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Heh, I know what you mean; I was sure glad when the supply of P6 pistol dried up in the stores around here. Almost made the purchase several times... fine looking pistols.

Take care, dmurray. I sure appreciate you stopping by.

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

CTD, thanks much for the heads-up. For some reason Blogger did not list your comment for me to approve until just now (about a one day delay).

YankeePacking said...

Right now 9BP is plentiful at my local Wal-Mart. TNOutdoors9 on you tube did an ammo test of it not too long ago. The bullet failed to expand through 4 layers of denim into Sim-Test media. For $15 a box of 50 I might pick one or two up.