Ammo Quest: Polycase ARX Inceptor in .380 ACP and 9mm

Plastic bullets? No — they’re not plastic, but apparently that’s what more than a few people seem to think. Polycase Ammo has introduced some very different new bullets to the market, and suffice it to say my inbox blew up when these were announced. Partly, I assume, because there are some lofty claims made by the manufacturer, but moreso (I think) because I recently published a test of the Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator bullet. For those who are familiar with that particular Philips-head-screwdriver-resembling projectile, these PolyCase ARX bullets bear enough resemblance that people wanted them tested now . . .

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New from Winchester: Long Beard XR Magnum Turkey Shotshells

Long Beard XR Magnum

“Forty yards has long been the standard by which all turkey loads were measured,” Winchester’s press release proclaims (after the jump). “No more. Winchester® Ammunition pushed the limit without trepidation introducing the most innovative turkey load in its history, Long Beard XR Magnum.” And what, pray tell, gives this anti-avian ammo extra reach? “A heavier shot payload for increased on-target pellet counts. Shot-Lok Technology offers the tightest patterns and longest shot capability of any lead turkey load in history – with more than twice the pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards compared to traditional lead loads.” Winchester’s sending our man Jon Wayne Taylor some shells to shoot. Watch this space . . .

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New From Liberty Ammunition: .45 Long Colt Hollow Points


On light days, when RF totes his 460XVR around Austin with no reasonable expectation of ursine assault, there’s probably no need to bust out the heavy artillery. Why schlep around big, expensive .460 S&W magnum rounds all day when you can probably get by with some easier-shooting .45 Colt? The good news is that now, thanks to Liberty Ammunition, he has a new choice in personal defense rounds with their Civil Defense .45 Colt personal defense ammo. Make the jump for their press release . . .

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ShootingTheBull410: Mech Tech Carbine 10mm Ballistics Test

I keep exploring the Mech Tech Carbine Conversion Unit that Jeremy S. previously reviewed here. It’s a cleverly-designed “upper” that you snap your GLOCK pistol “lower” into, converting your wundergun into a 16″-barrel carbine rifle. This particular unit converts the GLOCK into a 10mm rifle. I previously evaluated the Mech Tech with some hollowpoint ammunition for its suitability and performance as a self-defense weapon. It was impressive, sure, but I couldn’t help but think that that was the wrong path to go trundling down. Sure, it could be used for that purpose, but the bullets were overdriven so fast that they were ripped apart when the hit the gel. And that got me thinking — what would this unit be like, using some big heavy solid hardcast bullets? . . .

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Memo to Police Facing ‘Green Tip’ Ammo: Use Polyethylene Armor with Lightweight Silicon Carbide Ceramic On The Strike Face

Baker Ballistics MRAPS-IV (courtesy

The brouhaha over “green tip” M855 ammo would be funny if it wasn’t. Despite the ATF’s strategic withdrawal on their plans to ban the popular rifle ammo – in the face of enormous pro-ballistic blowback, the Fraternal Order of Police’s assertion that M855’s no biggie and simple common sense – the civilian disarmament complex hasn’t given up. They’ve introduced a bill to ban the rounds anyway. You know, ’cause they can defeat cops’ “bullet proof vests.” As can any reasonable rifle round. Anyway, if the po-po want to stop rifle rounds, that’s doable. They just have to carry a shield. (Hey they used to have to roll them around.) Here’s the 411 on Baker Ballistics MRAPS-IV . . .

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New from Lehigh Defense: Close Quarters (CQ) Ammo

I’m not sure if G2’s RIP ammo is still ripping off the public, but the hoopla has certainly died down. In the meantime, the good folks at Lehigh Defense (one of our 2013 Readers Choice Award winners) ripped a page from RIP’s book and created a reverse RIP round. In other words, instead of bullet designed to shed pathetic petals (a.k.a., trocars) like Biggest Loser winners shedding pounds, Lehigh’s CQ round has petals that penetrate like, well, you know. Make the jump for a press release ammo nerdgasm. Video demo or not, we can’t get some samples to TTAG ammo tester ShootingTheBull410 fast enough. Watch this space . . .

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Gear Review: Mr. Bulletfeeder


While I have been shooting for more decades than I would like to recall, I am a relative newcomer to reloading. I load both .45ACP and .38 Specials. My primary carry gun is .45, but I shoot a lot of .38s through my revolvers to smooth my trigger pull. At the behest of my local gun shop which specializes in reloading, I purchased a Dillon RL 550B. I learned the craft and churned out a few thousand rounds. But it didn’t take me long to tire of the chore of loading cases into the press and placing bullets on the powdered cases. I longed for a case feeder and bullet feeder to speed the process . . .

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The Variable Sounds of Silence: Subsonic vs. Supersonic Ammo

For those of you lucky enough to be able to browse TTAG at work and watch a YouTube video like the one above, I hope the audible difference between supersonic and subsonic ammo when shooting through a suppressor comes through. The only difference being, of course, the actual sonic boom of the bullet — the “CRACK” of it breaking the sound barrier on its flight downrange. It’s a lot louder than one might expect, and is actually much louder than I can capture on video, as. . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: The Washington Post Thinks This is M855 Ammo

Not M855 ammo (courtesy

Posted above the Washington Post story, The NRA, even more ridiculous than usualIt seems incredible that a mainstream media outlet that’s as virulently anti-gun as the WaPo wouldn’t have one person on their news staff who knows thing one about firearms, cartridges, magazines, armed self-defense, ballistics, law enforcement and related subjects. But then as we know here at The Truth About Guns, the truth about guns does not support the anti-gun position. So, willful ignorance? Probably more to do with the corporate culture. The odds of the Post hiring a gun rights advocate – Eugene Volkh excepted – are lower than the chances of Barnes banning bullets.


White House on M855 Ban: It Wazzunt Me. ATF: We’re Reviewing, The Situation

In the video above, the White House spokesmodel Josh Earnest laid the “blame” for the ATF’s climb-down on the M855 “Green Tip” ammo ban on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (And Really Big Fires). What was that about failure being an orphan? Meanwhile, over on Capitol Hill, ATF jefe B. Todd Jones told a congressional committee that the decision to shelve the M855 ban was part of an overall review of the whole “armor piercing” ammo situation, which will continue . . .

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Congressional Dems Make New Push For M855 Ban

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If you’ve followed the fight to preserve Americans’ Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms for any time at all, you know the battle is never truly “won.” Pro-freedom advocates engage in a perpetual game of civilian disarmament whack-a-mole, beating back universal background checks here, recalling anti-gun legislators there, then enacting preemption laws to counter local gun control laws back over here. Earlier this week, the pro-gun side took a small step forward with the news that after a deluge of negative comments and bipartisan congressional push-back, our friends at the ATF had withdrawn their proposal to ban 5.56 M855 “armor piercing” ammunition. But the congressional gun-grabber caucus isn’t taking the news lying down . . .

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