When we sat down with Advanced Armament’s Kevin Brittingham last year, we learned that while Bill Wilson was involved in some of the early stages of the 300 BLK ammunition design process, he eventually opted for the Eric Cartman approach: screw you guys, I’m going home. Wilson Combat later came out with their 7.62×40 WT cartridge, which has gone absolutely nowhere. Now it seems that they’re finally hopping on the 300 Blackout express and making complete upper receivers as well as ammunition in the new caliber . . .
I know, its probably only really interesting to someone who’s been following the industry since the .30 cal ammo war began. But the fact that Wilson Combat is now making stuff for their competitor’s cartridge might be an indication that they’re about to drop their own caliber and admit defeat. It’s hard competing with a giant like Remington who can crank out millions of rounds of ammo without breaking a sweat and the widespread adoption of 300 BLK instead of 7.62×40 WT doesn’t bode well for the caliber’s future.
Just like VHS did to Beta, one of the two competing formats that do the exact same thing seems to be winning. But is that enough to sustain 300 BLK for the future? Will it become just another interesting footnote in ammunition history? Only time will tell, but I’m betting “no.”