Our Silver Bear 9mm Makarov is sold by the box, each of which contains 50 rounds. The cartridges are manufactured in Russia at the Barnaul Cartridge Plant, a manufacturer specializing in sporting, hunting and military ammunition. Each cartridge features a hollow point bullet that weighs in at 94 gr. Though technically inferior to the 9x19mm Parabellum in terms of ballistics, these hollow point bullets carry plenty of stopping power. Additionally, they also utilize a non-corrosive Berdan primer, which provides for a lengthy shelf life and practically ensures ignition.
I know what you’re wondering. “What is the difference between Brown Bear ammunition and Silver Bear ammunition? Why is the Silver Bear more expensive?” First off, the Silver Bear is less than one dollar more than the Brown Bear. Surely that single dollar can be spared when considering a self-defense round. The major difference, however, exists in the bullet casing. The Brown Bear ammunition is cased in lacquered steel whereas the Silver Bear ammunition is cased in zinc-plated steel. The Silver Bear is thought to be more reliable as the zinc-plated steel allows for more smooth feeds. We figured that an identical price would make it easier for you to make that decision.
Consider this cartridge for use with your favorite Eastern Bloc pistol, including the Makarov, CZ 82, FEG PA-63, P-64 and many others.
Hollow Points and Self-Defense
A hollow point is a bullet with a hollowed out tip that is designed to expand upon impact in order to maximize tissue damage and control penetration. Because of these traits, they are a common choice for police and civilians looking to decrease the chance of bystanders being harmed. Hollow points have a much higher stopping power than full metal jacket bullets, making them an excellent choice for self-defense.
When a hollow point enters its target, the pressure created in the hollowed out tip forces it to expand, which leads to increased tissue damage and a greater likelihood that an attacker will be subdued. Additionally, the controlled penetration prevents collateral damage, making hollow points better suited for use in the home or in public.