When Kentucky Gun Co sent the Diamondback FS Nine for testing, I also requested to borrow an H&R Handi-Rifle in 300 Blackout (review in the works). Unfortunately, there’s nothing chambered in 300 BLK in my gun safe and I was fresh out of any ammo in the caliber from almost two years ago when I last shot it. A trip to two local gun shops left me empty-handed, but my local shooting range pulled through. They had a few boxes of Gorilla Ammo‘s subsonic 300 BLK on hand and, while there was a slight tingle of recognition in my mind, I wasn’t actually sure if I’d heard of the brand before. They said it was really nice stuff so I bought two boxes . . .
Reviewing the Handi-Rifle would, of course, require more ammo than that so I hit up the intertubes to find some. I also opened up a box of Gorilla’s gun food and liked what I saw. Their website had a lot more information, I liked what I saw there too, and pretty soon there was more 300 BLK and some .223 on the way.
EDIT: Now available with more coupon code! I gave Gorilla Ammo a head’s up that this post was on here, and they were kind enough to extend a discount to TTAG readers. Use coupon code TTAG10 during checkout for 10% off your order (valid to June 6th, 2014).
My first impression was that the plastic clamshell inner packaging is pretty cool. You can either pluck rounds right out the top, shake it upside down to dump them all out, or pop the clamshell open to have easier, yet organized access.
Second impression: this is extremely nice-looking ammo. It should be, too, as Gorilla takes great steps to ensure its aesthetics as well as its dimensional (and powder load) conformity.
Quality is really paramount here, and you can read more on the Gorilla website, specifically, the “About Us” and the “Our Quality Difference” pages. Instead of copying and pasting everything I’ll just refer you to those links, and will put the short version here:
- Top quality, new brass — e.g. Lake City
- Top quality projectiles — e.g. Nosler, Sierra, Hornady
- Ballistics lab for load development. Includes chamber and port pressure measurement, velocity testing, accuracy testing, etc.
- Laser inspection equipment tests each round six times for dimensional conformity. Can measure to 0.0005 of an inch.
- Loaded ammunition is polished after manufacture, and high speed photography equipment inspects each round for flaws.
This isn’t so much a review as it is a sort of “heads up” if you weren’t familiar with the brand or maybe had heard of Gorilla Ammo but hadn’t checked them out. After putting a bunch of rounds through the Handi-Rifle, though, I can absolutely say that you should check them out. The results were excellent and were markedly better than a large manufacturer’s .300 BLK that I eventually found and purchased locally. But you’ll have to read the Handi-Rifle review to see.
Gorilla Ammo is not cheap, but it’s in-line with or even low on the price scale of other match grade ammunition (for instance, .223 with 69 grain Sierra Matchking is $19.99 for a box of 20, or $375 for 500). It’s certainly match grade, top quality stuff so I believe it represents solid value if that’s what you’re shopping for. Plus I really like the packaging.