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Rio Ammunition Launches New eStore & Brand Apparel

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

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Irving, Tx. (November 1, 2017) – Rio Ammunition is proud to announce the launch of its new eStore and premium line of lifestyle products. This e-commerce site is designed to provide a streamlined, self-service purchasing process for consumers within the United States anytime, day or night. Rio’s newest brand apparel, outerwear, accessories and decals will be featured and updated regularly so that customers may celebrate their Rio experience year-round, regardless of activity.

“We are thrilled to offer Rio branded products to our proud customer base,” said Darrell Morrow, Director of Sales. “These products embody the culture of Rio Ammunition users and will allow our customers to show their affection for Rio on the range and out in the field.”

To view the new eStore and purchase Rio Ammunition lifestyle products, visit: www.rioammo.us.

Trom Introduces New .300 Cartridge With 900M Max Effective Range

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

During last week’s National Association Of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo in San Antonio, Trom introduced a new 300 BLK cartridge with an amazing maximum effective range of 900m. You read that right. They claim that their new 300 BLK round has an MER of 900m.

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It gets better. Maximum Effective Range is determined by shooting 10 rounds into an E class silhouette target. The distance at which 50% of those rounds hit the target is the MER. When Trom Flight tested their .300 round, all 10 rounds hit the target. What’s more, they assert that the projectile will maintain enough energy to have an effect on the target at that range.

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This PowerPoint briefing offers the highlights of the cartride.

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You can get your Trom Flight Supersonic 300 BLK rounds by visiting https://trom.tech/flight/supersonic/. We’re looking forward to reports from readers who have purchased this ammunition to provide feedback on how it worked for you.

Discreet Ballistics Announces 300 AAC Blackout Selous Subsonic Expander, Available for Preorder

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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Discreet Ballistics is pleased to announce its 300 AAC Blackout Selous Subsonic Expander is available for preorder (late fall 2017 delivery).

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Specifications:
Brass: Lapua 300BLK
Bullet: Selous Machined Expander™ 188gr expanding solid copper projectile
Ballistic Coefficient: .404G1
Average Muzzle Velocity: 925-1000FPS
Minimum expansion velocity: 750FPS

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The Discreet Ballistics 300 AAC Blackout 188gr Selous Subsonic Hunting/Self Defense load is designed to be the most effective expanding subsonic 300BLK cartridge available. Before initiating the development process for the Selous Machined Expander™ three areas were identified as crucial factors for a successful subsonic expanding projectile: weight retention, accuracy, and expansion. There is currently no other expanding subsonic projectile option with proficiency in all three of these categories. The Selous Machined Expander™ projectile was designed using state-of-the-art ballistics modeling software to maximize stability at subsonic velocities. As part of the development cycle extensive gel testing was performed and the appropriate design modifications were made to maximize terminal performance.

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Ballistics gel test results firing a Selous Machined Expander™ from a Honey Badger 1:5 twist 6.75” barrel at 950fps

The Discreet Ballistics Selous Machined Expander™ is loaded with new Lapua® 300BLK brass and the finest commercially available powder and primers. Discreet Ballistics offers a more economical 190gr target load (pictured below) that is ballistically matched to the 188gr expanding load.

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For more information on Discreet Ballistics visit www.discreetballistics.com or @discreet.ballistics on Instagram

DSEI – NAMMO Introduces Programmable Ammunition

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Keeping soldiers safe from drones – how Nammo can help


Though originally designed for counter-defilade, the accuracy of Nammo’s programmable ammunition allows it to act as an effective anti-drone system as well.

Winter 2017 – coalition forces, aid groups and reporters in Iraq are harassed by commercial drones used by ISIS to spread fear. Lacking effective countermeasures against what was potentially flying IEDs, they are forced to flee from the simple and cheap commercial drones, causing widespread disruption. However, in part thanks to a new technology from Nammo, that threat may become a thing of the past.

Known as ‘programmable ammunition’, this new technology makes it possible for any larger gun to fire shells that can be programmed to explode with pinpoint accuracy, either before, above or inside a target. Adaptable to several weapon platforms, including 40 mm grenade launchers, 30 mm guns, 120 mm tank ammunition and M-72 rockets, this makes the technology ideal for dealing with a number of different threats, including drones. With the first versions already combat proven and in production, the technology offers three distinct benefits – low collateral damage, flexibility and ease of installation – together delivering a significant and reliable advantage to its users.


The 40 mm version of Nammo’s programmable ammunition has already been proven in combat.

Low collateral damage

One of the challenges faced by modern warfighters is the danger of collateral damage when operating near civilian infrastructure. This makes it difficult to fire regular ammunition at small aerial targets such as drones, because if they miss, the bullet or shell will just continue and eventually hit something else, potentially causing significant unintended damage. This threat is virtually eliminated with Nammo’s programmable ammunition, as it will explode where intended, independent of whether it has hit its target or not. In the case of smaller ammunition types, such as 40 mm grenades, these are designed to maximize their effect within a specific range from the point of detonation, with more limited effects beyond that. This means that as long as they are set to detonate sufficiently high above the ground, the fragments created by the detonation will fall harmlessly to the ground.

Additionally, given the accuracy of the ammunition, it has a good chance of either detonating or disabling any explosives or weapons that the drone may be carrying when they hit, further reducing the danger to infrastructure or personnel below.


Flexibility

Another constant challenge for warfighters is the question of space and weight, which limits the amount of weapons and supplies that personnel and vehicles can carry. The benefit of Nammo’s programmable ammunition is that rather than being a dedicated anti-drone system, that has to be carried in addition to other weapons, it is instead an upgrade to an existing weapon system, allowing it to be effective against a wide range of threats.

In fact, the technology was originally not developed with drones in mind. It’s primary purpose is as a ‘counter defilade’ system, able to defeat enemy forces hiding in trenches or behind cover by exploding just above, or beside them. Alternatively, in the case of larger calibers, it can be set to penetrate a certain distance inside a target, such as a dirt wall, before detonating. The ability to take down drones is therefore mainly a demonstration of the flexibility of the technology, rather than a key design requirement.

Ease of installation

A final challenge is the question of cost and complexity. Use of Nammo’s programmable ammunition does not require any physical changes to the gun itself, nor its ammunition handling system. That means that instead of expensive modifications and upgrades, the system can be easily added to any existing platform.

The system architecture is quite basic – in addition to the ammunition, it consists of a programming unit, and an antenna that is mounted on either the weapon or the vehicle. The distance to the target is entered into the programming unit either manually, or based on input from an automated range finder. Then, in contrast to competing systems, instead of programming the ammunition before it is fired, or inside the barrel, it receives its instructions just as the shell leaves the gun. This eliminates the need for upgrades to the barrel.

Small piece of the puzzle

Anti-drone operations are extremely complex, and place high demands on rules of engagement, sensors, and targeting procedures. Nammo’s ammunition does not alone resolve this issue, but it offers ground forces something they so far have been lacking, which is a cost effective weapon that could be used even in urban areas.

At this year’s DSEi exhibition in London (booth S6-162), Nammo will be displaying both our programmable ammunition in its various forms, and the remains of the drone that was shot down in the attached video.

In Nammo we believe that those doing an important job deserve the right equipment. That is why we exist, and why we work every day to help ensure that our products evolve along with the requirements faced by the end users on the ground.

www.nammo.com

SIG SAUER Introduces 6.5 Creedmoor Match Grade Ammunition

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Newington, NH (September 11, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. extends its Match Grade Elite Performance Ammunition line for rifles with the addition of a 6.5 Creedmoor Open Tip Match (OTM) round. Featuring a 140gr Sierra MatchKing® bullet, this new 6.5 Creedmoor load has a muzzle velocity of 2,625 fps with muzzle energy of 2,142 ft-lbs.

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Designed for superior accuracy, the SIG 6.5 Creedmoor Match Grade load performs exceptionally well in wind, thanks to its high ballistic coefficient, delivering a flat trajectory with minimal recoil.

“The 6.5 Creedmoor is one of today’s most popular cartridges with competition shooters and hunters alike,” said Dan Powers, President of the SIG SAUER Ammunition Division. “It is an impressive, flat-shooting round that delivers precision in challenging, windy conditions.”

Engineered to excel in today’s precision rifles, SIG SAUER Match Grade Elite Performance Ammunition uses a temperature-stable propellant that delivers consistent muzzle velocity in all weather conditions. Premium-quality primers ensure minimum velocity variations, and the shell case metallurgy is optimized in the SIG Match Grade OTM cartridge to yield consistent bullet retention round to round. All SIG SAUER rifle ammunition is precision loaded on state-of-the-art equipment that is 100% electromechanically monitored to ensure geometric conformity and charge weight consistency.

All SIG SAUER Elite Performance Ammunition is manufactured by SIG SAUER at its new ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles. For more information, visit www.sigsauer.com/ammunition.

Rio Ammunition Expands its Sales Team

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Irving, Tx. (August 15, 2017) – Rio Ammunition, Inc, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, just added three experienced staff to its growing salesforce. With the new state-of-the art manufacturing facility completed in Marshall, Texas, Rio Ammunition has the capacity to produce more than a million shotgun shells per day, therefore sales and service demanded the expansion of the sales and product management team.

Darrell Morrow was recruited to lead the new team as Director of Sales. Darrell brings over 15 years industry experience to the team, and as an avid hunter and shooter, is looking forward to being in the ammo side of the business. Darrell most recently served as the VP of Sales at Vertx successfully growing the tactical apparel and gear line over the past 6 years while building strong relationships in the retail area. Darrell is a graduate of LSU with a degree in Business Administration.

Another industry expert is Tes Salb who will be one of two new Key Account Executives. With 16 years of experience in the industry, Tes has an expansive marketing and communications background having worked for companies like Benelli, Armalite, FN America and the NRA. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Marketing.

Finally, Bill Vitiello joined the team as the other new Key Account Executive. Bill is an Army veteran coming from Knights Armament with both LE/Military and Commercial sales experience.

Earlier this year Rio added Annie Foster (now Wilcox) to the sales team. She brings with her 10 years of in-depth experience in marketing, sales and manufacturing from her time at Colt Competition Rifles, XS Sights and Warne Scope Mounts.

To focus on products specific to the US market, Bryan Bornes has taken over in the newly created position of Product Marketing Manager. Bryan has been at Rio for 2 ½ years, having previously been one of the key people in the growth of Able Ammo and is considered a pioneer in online firearms and ammunition sales. Bryan has been deeply involved in the Skeet and Sporting Clays market and provides great insight to future product lines and improvements.

General Manager, Ken Pfau commented, “I’m very excited about the quality of talent coming on board at Rio. We’ve always had a great product at a good value, now we will be able to focus on our levels of service and bring additional new products for the competitive shooter and hunter. Rio is already one of the top brands in the world and we look forward to being one of the key shotgun shell brands in the US.“

Rio Ammunition, founded in 2002 and headquartered in Marshall (Texas), is MAXAM’s sports shooting and hunting cartridge subsidiary in the United States. Rio Ammunition’s success is based on proprietary technological developments – as a result of ongoing investment in R&D – and a totally integrated production chain ranging from the manufacturing of the main raw materials to the production of all the cartridge components (cases, primers, powder, wads and lead shot).

www.rioammo.com

US Army Facilitates Purchase Of M80A1 Ammo For Interim Service Combat Rifle Hopefuls

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

When the Army held the now suspended Individual Carbine trials a few years back, contractors had trouble acquiring the then new 5.56mm M855A1 Enhanced Performance Rounds for their in-house testing.  The Army assisted those companies in procuring the ammunition which is still not in wide circulation, particularly for the commercial market.

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Now that the Army is looking for an Interim Service Combat Rifle which fires the larger 7.62mm version of the Enhanced Performance Round, M80A1, potential vendors are in a similar situation.  The Army has responded by issuing Attachment 0005, Flow Chart for EPR Commercial Sales to the solicitation on FedBizOpps. According to the program, the recommended path is to first contact the Olin-Winchester point of contact (POC) listed on Attachment 0005.

Of additional note, offerors may submit rifles with Mil Std- 1913 or M-LOK rails, with no length requirement. Additionally, as the solicitation does not specify much of anything aside from caliber and full auto capability, if an offeror submits more than one barrel length, they must submit full rifles.  They cannot just submit additional upper receivers.  

Federal Launches a New Line of Dual-Purpose Train + Protect Versatile HP Ammunition

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 1, 2017 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce its launch of Train + Protect, a new line of handgun loads designed for both practice and personal protection. The competitively priced ammunition features Federal’s versatile hollow-point (VHP) bullet and is available in three popular handgun cartridges and weight options. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to dealers.

The Federal Train + Protect VHP bullet design provides both precise, practical performance at the range, and instant, reliable expansion on impact. The result is the ideal combination for training as well as defending yourself and your loved ones. The new ammunition proudly honors the American birthright to bear arms with patriotic U.S.A. graphics on its packaging.

Features & Benefits
• VHP bullet based on proven Federal hollow point design
• Reloadable Federal brass case
• Extremely reliable primer
• Loaded to produce consistent performance on the range and in defense situations

Part No. / Description / MSRP
TP9VHP1 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 50-count / $30.95
TP40VHP1 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP45VHP1 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP9VHP2 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 100-count / $56.95
TP40VHP2 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95
TP45VHP2 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.