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PRIME Ammunition Wants Your Input

Friday, December 29th, 2017

PRIME wants your input on what ammunition they should add in 2018.

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Department of Homeland Security Awards Speer Gold Dot with Contract for up to 120 Million Rounds

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

LEWISTON, Idaho – December 19, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently awarded Speer a major ammunition contract. Starting delivery in 2018, the contract provides for up to 120 million rounds of 124-grain, 9mm Luger Gold Dot Duty ammunition to multiple DHS law enforcement components and other Federal agencies for up to five years.

This contract will provide the organization’s agents and officers with the legendary performance that has made Gold Dot the No. 1 load of law enforcement worldwide.

“Speer Gold Dot has a long history of providing trusted performance time and time again for our nation’s law enforcement and military. We’re very proud to provide Gold Dot to the DHS for their duty ammunition needs,” said Jason Nash, Product Director.

Each Gold Dot hollow-point cavity is tuned by caliber and bullet weight to ensure optimum expansion and penetration. Gold Dot was the first handgun ammunition loaded with true, bonded-core bullets.

Speer’s exclusive Uni-Cor construction process bonds the jacket to the alloyed lead core one atom at a time to virtually eliminate core-jacket separation while guaranteeing uniform jacket thickness for superior accuracy.

Additional Gold Dot features include ultra-reliable CCI primers, plus high-powered, clean-burning propellants and nickel-plated brass cases for smooth function and extreme durability.

Headquartered in Lewiston, Idaho, Speer has a long-standing reputation for making the world’s finest bullets and in 1996 became one of the first U.S. ammunition manufacturers to achieve ISO 9001 certification for quality. The company manufactures a variety of bullets and cartridges for law enforcement, reloading and sporting applications.

Speer is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Speer, go to

USSOCOM Seeks MultiCaliber, Advanced Sniper Rifle

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has released a pre-solicitation for the Advanced Sniper Rifle, a replacment for their currently issued Precision Sniper Rifle. Additionally, SOCOM’s Directorate of Procurement, on behalf of USSOCOM PEO-SW, will be conducting a one-on-one industry day for the ASR on 5-7 December, at NSWC Crane.

The most significant requirement for this bolt action rifle requirment is that the weapon must be capable of firing 7.62 NATO, 300 Norma Mag (seen below) and 338 NM, with calibers swapped by the user.

The government has a Technical Data Package for the two NM cartridges. However, in order to provide a cost efficient option that is more conducive to industry development, the 338NM cartridge will be available with a surrogate OTM (non-AP) projectile by Black Hills Ammunition. While different than the USG’s selected projectile in construction and geometry, this surrogate configuration has been shown to closely replicate the interior and exterior ballistic performance of the USG AP 338NM configuration with the exception of barrel life. The anti-materiel configuration with the actual AP projectile will also be available to eligible parties albeit at significantly longer lead-times and costs.

Another important aspect is that the solicitation is 100% set aside for small business, as ASR has been determined to be a Commercial Off The Shelf item. Interestingly, the government reserves the right to issue more than ome award.

Interested parties should visit for additional details.

Rio Ammunition Launches New eStore & Brand Apparel

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017


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:

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.


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.


This PowerPoint briefing offers the highlights of the cartride.


You can get your Trom Flight Supersonic 300 BLK rounds by visiting 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


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


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


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.

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.


For more information on Discreet Ballistics visit 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.


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.

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.


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