I tried out Winchester Ammunition’s W Train & Defend ammo at the Texas International Firearms Festival (now scheduled for November 14th and 15th 2015). The ammo dudes loaded a mag with four rounds of 9mm Train ammo and one round of 9mm Defend ammo, mixed in behind my back. The challenge: ID which round was the more expensive Defend ammo. Nope. Couldn’t do it. So, as long as you’re OK with the Defend round, the concept is sound: train as you mean to fight. Guns & Ammo thinks so. The dead tree mag’s revived its formerly moribund Ammunition of the Year award to honor T&D. By their own admission [press release after the jump] the selection process was about as independent as you’d imagine . . .
It isn’t often that a new ammunition manufacturer comes onto the market, and even more rare is one that makes claims as big as Eagle Eye. They don’t simply claim to be “match grade” and then leave you gessing as to what that means, they print their guarantee right on the box: 1/2 MoA groups from every box of ammunition. It’s a bold claim, and they sent me home with a couple boxes of ammunition confident that the product will speak for itself. I put it through the standard ammunition testing that we do here, and the results are pretty cool.
“Council Bluffs [Iowa] elementary school student swapped a loaded round of ammunition for playing cards Friday on a school bus, prompting concern among parents and school officials,” omaha.com reports. Parents? Plural? As in OMG! A bullet on a bus! School Officials? Well, yeah, that makes sense (unfortunately).”Titan Hill Intermediate School Principal Kent Stopak said the trade happened on a school bus. The child receiving the round of ammunition told his parents when he got home, and the parents reached out to the school Monday morning. Stopak said he told staff about the incident on Tuesday morning. He said the student who brought the round of ammunition remains enrolled at Titan Hill.” Whew! He missed being expelled by that much. Needless to say, Principal Stopak saw this exchange as a teachable moment . . .
Remember New York’s post-Newtown SAFE Act – passed in the dead of night 20 minutes after introduction and signed by Governor Cuomo inside the statutory three-day waiting period (as an emergency measure)? The act mandated background checks for ammunition purchases. The state’s statists dragged their feet on that bit, claiming they didn’t have the infrastructure for the job. Since when has that stayed the hand of perfidious politicians? Since they were worried about political blowback, that’s when. Now that the Empire State’s civilian disarmament corps have survived the mid-terms, mandatory background checks for ammo purchases are ready to go. Well, after . . .
HPR’s Black Ops ammo, a jacketed frangible bullet is a new entry into the market. In their product announcement you can see how HPR positions this ammo in the marketplace. HPR has kindly supplied some 9mm and .45 ACP ammo for testing. I’m not sure what to make of their describing it as being “one of the most operational personal defense rounds available on the market today.” To me, all defensive ammo better be 100% operational, or else it’s useless. I can say that it’s packaged very slickly, with an apparently plastic box, an attractive hexagonal ammo tray, some nicely polished nickel-plated cases, and an attractive black finish. This is expensive ammo (AmmoSeek lists a box of 9mm for about $1.25 per round, and the .45 ACP is going for about $1.53 each). Where other ammo comes in a cheap paper box, this packaging does lend an initial impression of quality . . .
“An Adams County [Ohio] mother expected candy boxes her son received for Halloween to be loaded with calories,” wlwt.com reports. “She didn’t expect them to be loaded with ammunition.” Oh how they laughed in the newsroom at that one! Loaded! With ammunition, not calories! Oh my God, I can’t breathe! Anyway, “Campbell said her 4-year-old son, Landon, opened a box of Milk Duds and asked, ‘What’s this?’ Campbell said she took the box from him and then started going through the other Milk Dud boxes in the bag. ‘I opened up the second box; more bullets. I opened up the third box; more bullets. I opened up the fourth box; more bullets. I’m like, ‘That’s not a coincidence, that’s not a mistake.’ There were a total of four boxes, each with three rounds inside. All appeared to be . . .
The problem with shooting most 3D printed guns is that they tend to blow up. The extruded plastic components can’t take the strain caused by the expanding gasses of the powder charge, and so the gun delaminates and breaks apart. One enterprising young man from Pennsylvania thinks that he has the problem licked. His solution: specially-designed ammunition . . .
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Ah, the old ammunition consistency test. We’ve been running this series for years, and while it has been on hiatus for a bit we are back with a vengeance. Today for this fourteenth installment we are testing three flavors of 300 AAC Blackout ammunition on offer from Lehigh Defense, a relatively new ammunition manufacturer with some lofty claims and nifty looking projectiles. We will be looking at one projectile from each of their three lines: controlled chaos, controlled fracturing, and maximum expansion.
For those of you who follow TTAG on Facebook and Instagram, you probably saw that I nabbed myself a pretty tasty little buddy this past weekend during the opening day of deer season in Texas. The gun I used for that shot was the same as last year, but there was one difference: the ammunition. I was using Lehigh Defense’s 110gr Controlled Chaos round instead of my traditional Barnes 110gr, and after putting it to the test I think I’m ready to review it. Quick warning: this article contains a somewhat graphic picture of what happens when this round impacts a deer . . .
I’m not sure what would happen if there were no more internet discussions about “stopping power” as applied to handguns. What would we talk about? I am sure that it would be a better world, and there would be lots more available bandwidth. The stopping power of my brakes is easily determined, as is the (absence of) my power to stop eating chips and salsa. But when it comes to handguns, things get a little trickier.
.22LR is a fascinating round (well, to me, anyway). It’s used for everything from plinking, to pest control, to personal defense, even Olympic competitions use the little .22LR. I did a review of the North American Arms mini-revolver, and included a lot of ammo testing from that tiny handgun. Like many of us, I have a variety of .22 firearms, and I thought it’d be interesting to see how a few types of ammo would perform from different types of guns. Sometimes a round can be fantastic from a rifle, and terrible from a handgun (or, the other way around.) Accordingly . . .
There are a lot of ammunition manufacturers out there that make some rather impressive claims about accuracy, but so far very few have been able to back those claims up with solid performance. We have been testing the big names in the ammunition world, and so far those tests seem to put Winchester on the top of the pack. Even then, they don’t make any claims about the accuracy of their ammo. Eagle Eye is a new ammunition manufacturer that not only claims to be the best on the market, but backs it up with a guarantee — 1/2 MoA accuracy from every box, every time. But it gets better . . .