New From Redball: Hi-Point 9mm Carbine 20-Round Magazine

Red ball 20-round magazine for Hi-Point 9mm carbine

Press Release:

Dayton OH – ( – Hi-Point 9mm (Model 995) carbines are known for their robust construction, accuracy, reliability, and affordability. The only “problem”: the 9mm Hi-Point OEM magazines hold 10 rounds. For engineering reasons and due to the huge volume of sales of the 9mm carbine with the 10-round magazine, there were no plans by Hi-Point to make a higher capacity magazine. The solution . . .

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Gear Review: HPR Ammunition

45 auto HPR Ammunition in the Ruger Redhawk revolver shot well.

By Bob Shell (seriously) [via]

With the demand for ammunition, many new companies have sprung up to meet the needs of the marketplace. One of the newer companies: HPR Ammunition located in Payson, AZ. They advertise that everything is made in the US. That is a refreshing change. They offer the most popular handgun rounds plus the 223, 300 AC Blackout and the 308 all in various loadings. HPR needs to provide a reason to buy their brand such as an attractive price, high quality, or a good selection of bullets . . .

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New From Daniel Defense: 300 BLK Ammunition

Daniel Defense - First Choice 300 AAC Blackout Ammunition

There was a time when the gunblogsphere dismissed 300 AAC Blackout. Developed by AAC and Remington under the auspices of Kevin Brittingham, the 7.62×35mm ammo was seen as yet another boutique cartridge destined for obscurity. Shooters soon discovered that 300 BLK offered more-than-merely adequate terminal ballistics and improved flash and sound suppression for their AR-style rifles, requiring only a barrel change. The only significant downside: the bullet starts heading for the dirt at 460 meters (480 yards). And so, here we are, with Daniel Defense offering both gun and now ammo for 300 BLK enthusiasts. Press release after the jump . . .

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Blitzer Rail Gun Ready for Sea Trials

“Just when you thought we’d nailed the art of firing chunks of metal at each other at immense speeds,” snarks, “a US weapons firm has shown it can do it faster. An electromagnetic railgun has been tested firing bullets at Mach 6 – six times the speed of sound. Designed by San Diego-based General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS), the Blitzer railgun uses electromagnets to send its projectiles hurtling off at thousands of miles per hour.” That would be six times the speed of sound. The main advantages over traditional explosives are stated as improved safety – due to less explosives on board – and could drastically reduce the costs.” Reduced costs. Sure.


The .41 Magnum Cartridge: Underrated and Unappreciated

.41 Magnum (courtesy Gilmer writes [via] 

The .41 Magnum ammunition is the most underrated, and unappreciated of all magnum handgun cartridges. While still maintaining a healthy following, it is widely overlooked. This is unfortunate, it is a widely capable handgun cartridge. It is a far better big game cartridge then the .357 Magnum and a better defensive cartridge then the .44 Magnum. With the right loads, there is not much the 41 Magnum ammo cannot do . . .

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New From Lehigh Defense: .45 ACP Xtreme Defense Bullets in Underwood Ammunition


Our readers loved Lehigh Defense’s Xtreme Defense ammo. So much so that they voted it Reader’s Choice Best New Ammunition of 2015. TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia apparently aren’t the round’s only fans. Lehigh has just announced (press release below) that they’re teaming up with Underwood Ammo to offer their superior performing .45 caliber personal defense projectiles in Underwood’s cartridges . . .

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DeSantis Gunhide Question of the Day: Who’s Making All the Money on .22 Ammo?


Reader Steve writes:

With the price of .22LR being what it is I decided to do some research and compare costs between 1998 and 2016. The above chart lists my costs if I were buying in commercially available small quantities, i.e. pounds vs. tons. Pricing for quantities that manufacturers would buy would of course be significantly lower. Sources for the indicated costs came from sellers on the .net using Google terms like “cost of brass (lead) from 1990 thru present (2016). While it is to be expected that, like everything else, prices of metals go up over the years, this shows that the increase in cost of basic materials isn’t consistent with price of the final product . . .

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About GLOCK Magazines – And A Lot You Didn’t

If you live in Massachusetts, this video is more than mere esoterica. Thanks to Bay State legislature’s infinite wisdom, residents can own and carry standard capacity GLOCK magazines only if they were manufactured “pre-ban” (September 1994). Otherwise, it’s ten rounds for you, boyo. How do they know? They know. How do you know? You watch this video. On a personal note, I’d like to have a quarter of the firearms knowledge residing in the noggins of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia. I don’t. Thank you for sharing it with us in the comments section, helping keep this site true to its name.


Question of the Day: Got .22?

The .22 ammo drought continues. Or does it? What’s the supply like in your neck of the woods? Anecdotally, I recently sold my SIG SAUER 1911-22 to a Coast Guard vet who was looking for some cheap plinking. And sales of the venerable Ruger 10/22 remain strong. Are you shooting .22 again? Did you ever stop?


Setback: Why It’s Important to Cycle Your Concealed Carry Rounds


By James England via

Not too long ago, we did an article discussing rotating the rounds that go into your everyday carry gun’s chamber. What we didn’t expect was how prevalent a concern this was in the concealed carry gun community. In this article, we’re going to talk in a little more detail on what happens to the round that gets chambered in your concealed carry gun — and a little more on how you might go about rotating it . . .

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The Truth About Big Bore Bullets

TTAG commentator jlp uploaded this underneath our post Carry Gun: A Bear Necessity?

In 1945 the U.S. Military tested the .45 acp with military 225 grain bullets V/S the 9×19 with the 125 grain bullet. The anemic .45 acp bounced off a helmet at a scant 35 yards while the 9mm penetrated the helmet at an astonishing 125 yards and may have been able to do it even farther but the accuracy of the gun and the skill of the shooter was beyond its capability to make any hits at any farther ranges . . .

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