What gunco is the latest to get into the ammo biz? Jumping into the gun food game along with names like SIG SAUER and Browning, Sturm, Ruger & Co. has announced that they’re partnering with PolyCase Ammunition and will offer a Ruger-branded line of the most popular handgun calibers. The big difference here is PolyCase’s lead-free bullets that result in lighter weight rounds traveling at higher speeds, something that impressed our own ShootingTheBull410 when he put their .380 and 9mm rounds through their paces. Press release after the jump . . .
“RCMP said about half a dozen homes were evacuated around Canoe Road in southwest Airdrie Friday night,” or-politics.com reports. “A new homeowner was moving in, and saw a device that seemed suspicious in the shed in the backyard. Police said it looked like an ‘ammunition box.’ Police, fire crews and ATCO Gas officials are investigating, and had called in weapons experts to determine if the item is dangerous. RCMP and Airdrie officers were blocking sections of roadway at Canoe Road and Canoe Circle at around 5 p.m.” One assumes this “emergency” is over, if not the underlying anti-gun animus and ignorance that caused it.
I was a little surprised to walk into the Athena Gun Club in Houston and find this ammo pyramid. The sign on top of the pile offers Athenians a 5,000 round case of of hecho en Mexico Aguila .22 for $599. That’s .12 a round folks. Which may well account for the pyramid’s continued existence. How’s the .22 supply in your neck of the woods? Still rationed? And what of other calibers? Are you
“A global leader in offering quality and innovative firearms, Browning now introduces a new, full-line of superior performance ammunition for hunting, personal defense and target shooting,” Browning’s presser proclaims. “The development of Browning Ammunition will provide millions of men and women, including new shooters and hunters across the world, with ‘The Best There Is.™'” Ah, but is it The Best A Man Can Get™? We’ll have to wait and see. This much we know . . .
My brother – Duane Weingarten – recounted an interesting incident with gear that had been hanging in a closet for 30 years:
Back in the late 70’s Revolvers and leather duty gear was the norm. When I took my first LEO job it was with a rural department with six road deputies. I brought Bianchi leather duty gear, which I wore until I left that department and moved onward and upwards to a 500 man state LE agency. The state agency supplied all the necessary gear that they thought an officer needed. I went from revolver to a semi auto. In the last few months I have been moving from a house I lived in for 34 plus years to another. I was packing one of closets up when I found my old duty belt . . .
Let’s get this out of the way first. Although the headline at marketwatch.com proclaims Killer Market: Growing Demand for Non-Lethal Ammunition, the correct term is less lethal ammunition. None of the companies selling so-called “blunt impact projectiles” use the N-word, or suggest that firing one (or more) of their rounds at a human is guaranteed to be non-lethal. (Lest we forget, beanbags can kill.) But the less-lethal industry is saying that their ammo is handier than a TASER and less politically messy than firing actual bullets at actual people. Yeah, that political thing. That’s key . . .
“Primetake, a UK manufacturer of specialist munitions, is launching two products within its Omega range of ammunition, including the 7.62mm x 51AP (armour piercing) and the 7.62mm x 51SB (subsonic) rounds,” janes.com reports. “The AP round utilises a REACH-compliant tungsten core to maximise its penetrative capability, successfully engaging 7mm rolled homogenous armour (Miilux protection 380), while also achieving penetration at inclined angles of up to 25°.” So now you know. Janes reports that Primetake – which also turns out a line of bird-scaring pistol and shotgun ammunition – developed the rounds for “elite military, police and special forces units” who use “high-quality bolt action sniper rifles.” So no Omega for American alphas. But here’s something that could make if across the pond and into your local gun store . . .
There’s a bit of hoopla going around at the moment based on some test results that were posted. They sent a sample of the popular FIREClean firearm lubricant off to be tested in a lab, and the results indicate that the much beloved lubricant is actually nothing more than common cooking oil. In the same way that Evian water is still just water, I really couldn’t care less — the stuff works. The FIREClean guys aren’t quite as sanguine about the allegation, and are firing back. But that isn’t the only thing the Vuurwapen Blog dug up . . .
“When an aeronautical engineer who helped design the propulsion system for the F-22 Raptor, dubbed ‘the most advanced fighter jet in the world,’ decides to manufacture ammunition, you can be certain that precision and safety protocols are exemplary by design.” They got me at F-22. And if you want to get some serious trigger time with HPR precision ammunition – “the cleanest and most accurate ammunition on the market” – we invite you to do so at the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival on November 14 and 15 at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill. HPR has taken a big bay and by God they’re going to fill it with some exciting stuff . . .
This is not the first time gun control advocates have targeted ammunition. You may recall that New York’s post-Sandy Hook dead-of-night signed-into-law-as-an-emergency-measure SAFE Act contained a provision mandating ammunition licensing, shelved (but not eliminated) due to the fact that it would be insanely expensive, not to mention completely unworkable. Politicians in various gun control enclaves have also proposed adding tax to ammo. But Ted Schaefer’s letter to St. Louis Post Dispatch breaks new ground in ammo-flavored gun control fervor. Here’s his proposal . . .