If you own a 9mm pistol, there are several casing materials available. The most popular material is brass. Although there are reasons to choose other metals, this is the preferred choice for most gun owners. The following are a few things you should know about 9mm brass casings.
Brass casings are reusable
If you are a target shooter, you likely use a lot of ammunition. At some point, you will start thinking about loading your casings. This can save you a lot of money on ammunition. You will need special equipment, but once you have made the investment and understand the process, it will become second nature to you. There are standard procedures for cleaning the casings and loading them with a bullet, gunpowder, and primer. Aluminum casings are fine for the occasional use at the range, but you can only use them once.
Brass casings are readily available
Because of its popularity, you can buy 9mm brass casings in bulk, or buy the ammo ready to use. You can also buy once-used brass casings. This can further reduce the cost of your hobby when loading your casings.
Brass is a soft metal
There are several advantages to this. The first is that it's not going to scratch or harm your gun like other metals. Your gun is the most expensive aspect of your hobby, so you need to protect it. In addition, if there's an issue with the casing before you load it into the clip, such as a dent, you are likely to notice it. This will prevent a misfire that can also damage your pistol.
Nickel-plated brass for occasional use
You may come across nickel-plated brass casings. Often they are simply referred to as nickel-plated. The benefit of nickel-plated brass casings is that they offer resistance to corrosion. This can happen when your gun is in a leather holster for an extended period. It is usually professionals like police officers and security guards that use nickel-plated casings. The leather holster will induce corrosive decay in the casings. They're also popular for self-defense at home when your gun sits in a holster for a long time. This way, when you go to use your weapon when you need it, the bullet will be ready to fire.
Brass casings are the preferred material for many reasons. Brass is soft, so there will be less wear and tear on your 9mm pistol. Brass is reusable, so you can refill the casings and save money on ammo. And since It is the most popular material, you can buy the casings in large quantities — including sometimes used casings.