Re-Loaders Alert! Maryland Ditches Mandatory Shell Casing Law

Pile of empty brass (courtesy

A gun control law repealed? In Maryland? True story. Here’s NRA-ILA alert (because the world needs more lerts):

Your NRA-ILA is glad to report that Governor Larry Hogan (R) has signed into law Senate Bill 736.  As previously reported, SB 736, sponsored by state Senator Edward Reilly (R-33), will eliminate the unnecessary database and failed ballistic fingerprint system from state law.  This pro-gun bill will . . .

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NJ Dems Introduce “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act”


Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday that would require all ammunition purchases to involve an in-person photo ID check, and also create a registry of people who purchase more than 1,000 rounds in five days that will then be forwarded to law enforcement for “follow-up.” The full text of the bill has yet to post online, but Rep. Coleman (who has had two of her sons previously plead guilty to armed robbery) claims that her aim is to reduce mass shootings by limiting the ammunition available in the United States. However, the title of the bill — Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015 — seems to betray a larger goal for the legislation than simply “reducing gun violence.” From media reports, in her own words . . .

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Segmented Shotgun Slug Showdown: Winchester PDX-1 Segmented vs. DDupleks Hexolit 32


The 12-gauge shotgun is a legendary manstopper and a storied staple of frontier home defense. The reputation behind a load of 00 buckshot is well-deserved. Blasting eight or nine holes .33 caliber holes in a bad guy, each delivering its own wound path, is perhaps the surest bet among all “one-shot stops.” But shotguns also fire slugs and slugs are outrageously devastating too, in their own way. Slugs create one wound path, but boy oh boy, what a wound path it is . . .

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Vet-Owned Capital Armament: Ammo Spikes Set to Continue

CapArms Target + Match ammo (courtesy

Despite the recent influx of once-scarce ammo into the sales pipeline, Clinton Gerner reckons the ammo industry has not yet begun to fight. “It’s not just bad events and anti-2A politics that’s driving demand,” the Marine and Chief Executive of Capital Armament Co. asserts. “There’s been a huge explosion in the shooting sports and serious training for both average shooters and professionals. You’ll see more spikes and lulls in the future, but the general [ammo demand] trend will remain upwards.” CapArms is putting its money where it’s mouth is . . .

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Question of the Day: How Many Rounds Do You Carry?


TTAG commentator Kevin A. read our post on the Garland, Texas terrorist attack (Garland Texas: Attack of the Assault Rifles! Or Is That Assault of the Attack Rifles?) and added “#terroristlivesmatter.” Smart ass. “Seriously though, I’m buying a 1911 in .45ACP now.” To which TTAG commentator/cop Hannibal replied “So when you see an incident that had two attackers with maybe 30-round magazines you decide to go with something that holds 8 rounds?” Yup, here we are again, squaring-off in ye olde caliber vs. capacity battle. My take . . .

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Hartford Police Caught Stealing Ammo

Lewis Crabtree

I want to make something clear right out front: although Hartford Police Range Administrator Officer Louis Crabtree [above] is innocent until proven guilty, the evidence presented by is overwhelming. I reckon Officer Crabtree stole ammo and, most probably, sold it for cash money. Or dispensed “free” ammo for favors. Or both. For perfectly understyandable legal reasons,‘s report on Crabtree’s perfidy dances around the subject like a newbie shooter with hot brass down her shirt. Like this . . .

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US Military EXACTO Promises “Self-steering” Bullets

This just in from the Department of Redundancy Department (Passive Construction Division): “Self-steering bullets that can steer themselves towards a moving target have been tested by the US Department of Defense.” Actually, it’s probably accurate; I’d bet dollars to donuts that the self-steering bullets in question were proceeded by self-steering bullets that couldn’t steer themselves, this being a government program and all. In fact, after Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars Missile Defense System was exposed as an enormous, elaborate, effective hoax, anyone with self-steering logic will be wondering if this new bullet is a bit of a military McGuffin. Anyway, here’s what has to say about the able ammo . . .

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Question of the Day: Could Your Ammo Give Your Problems in Court?



By Brandon via

A reader sent us a photo of his Hornady Z-Max ammo (Zombie ammo, for those nights when the pesky zombies want to get in your home) and posted the following question: “Okay I gotta ask this question. The Hornady Z-Max ammo has a disclaimer on it that says for use on Zombies only and not on humans, plants, animals, or minerals only zombies. My question to you is with our brain dead, political correct, judicial system would this be able to be used as hinderance and prosecuting grounds against a victim (homeowner) in a self defense situation? No joke just a little something to twist your mind tonight.” . . .

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Jamaican Police Seize 9 Guns, 100 Rounds of Ammo


“The police yesterday said their increased operations across the island are yielding fruit, as these operations have resulted in the seizure of nine firearms and 124 assorted rounds of ammunition between Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.” That’s according to, which chronicles the seizures. Looks like the ammo drought has hit Jamaica’s criminals pretty hard. Here are a couple of examples . . .

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10mm Ammo Test: DoubleTap 165gr Bonded JHP

Since converting my GLOCK 21 to 10mm, I’ve tested a few different types of ammo from it, but the requests just keep coming — everyone wants to see DoubleTap ammo tested in 10mm. The reason is simple — most major manufacturers are selling “watered-down” versions of 10mm ammo. A simple example is Federal’s Hydra Shok. The 10mm version is barely, scarcely any more powerful than the .40 S&W version. According to Federal’s own ratings, the .40 S&W Hydra Shok is rated at 1,000 fps. Their 10mm version is just 1,030 fps. That’s barely over 420 ft/lbs of energy — paltry for what the 10mm is capable of. “Full-power” 10mm loads should be delivering more on the order of about 650 ft/lbs or more . . .

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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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