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Federal’s New Punch Personal Defense Ammo Delivers a Knockout

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 16, 2020 – Federal Ammunition has been a leading producer of law enforcement ammunition for more than thirty years. Drawing on that knowledge, the company recently set out to design a new self-defense load that would provide excellent overall performance from popular carry guns. The result of this effort is one of the most exciting new line of defensive loads to hit the market in years—Federal’s new Punch ammo.

This new line of ammunition will be on display in Booth No. 14551 at the 2020 SHOT Show, January 21-24 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. New Federal Premium Punch is scheduled to ship at the end of January 2020.

Punch provides a great option for common self-defense scenario use—where performance through more complex duty barriers, like those in the FBI protocol test, are less likely to be a factor.

“Many personal defenders think, ‘If it works for law enforcement then it’s good for me.’ That is a great guideline and still our ultimate recommendation,” said Laack. “But that may add features not required for everyday carry for everyone.”

Federal saw a need for a reliable, accurate, terminally effective option that doesn’t have to be the top scoring product in duty ammunition test procedures.

 “Concealed-carry permit holders, especially new shooters, need an uncomplicated answer to the question ‘What ammo do I need for self-defense’,” said Federal Handgun Ammunition Product Manager Chris Laack. “Things to consider such as function, reliable ignition, barrier performance, terminal performance, ballistics and other considerations are a lot to digest for most people. What some consumers really need to know is it will function in their gun, every time, and that it will be effective stopping a threat as quickly as possible. Punch is our easy answer for them.”

Most concealed carry permit holders are less concerned with factors such as barrier penetration through steel, plywood and auto glass and more concerned about choosing a bullet that is engineered from the ground-up to stop an attacker and work effectively in their chosen firearm. And, as the data shows, Punch bullets perform well in the tests that matter most to the average shooter—penetration and expansion through bare gel and heavy clothing. Federal has made Punch ammunition a natural choice for concealed carry.

What’s more, Punch ammunition features Federal’s smooth-feeding nickel-plated cases, advanced powders, and the sealed reliability of high-quality, sensitive primers. With Punch, self-defenders can be assured its components will do its job when it matters most.

The five new Punch options include a .380 Auto 85-grain offering with a muzzle velocity of 1,000 feet per second, a .38 Special +P 120-grain load at 1,070 fps, a 9mm 147-grain load at 1,150 fps, a .40 S&W 16-grain load at 1,130 fps, and a .45 Auto 230-grain load at 890 fps. What’s more, all these loads will be available immediately, and with MSRPs from $15.95 to $20.95 per box of 20.

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

Federal Introduces Hydra-Shok Deep in 380 Auto that Delivers the Industry’s Best Penetration Depths

Friday, January 17th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 14, 2020 – The newest addition to Federal’s Hydra-Shok Deep lineup is the industry’s first expanding 380 Auto to consistently meet FBI protocol recommendations for penetration (12 inches minimum) through bare gel and through heavy clothing.

This new product will be on display in Booth No. 14551 at the 2020 SHOT Show, January 21-24 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. New Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep 380 Auto is scheduled to ship in the Spring of 2020.

In the past three years, Federal Premium’s new Hydra-Shok Deep ammunition product line has been greatly recognized by its customers—and the industry—for its improved penetration and superior reliability. This has been most recently proven by it winning a 2019 NRA Golden Bullseye Award for “Ammo of the Year” by Shooting Illustrated magazine.

In response to the growing popularity of ultra-compact handguns by citizens of all ages, genders and demographics—particularly among shooters looking for a downsized yet effective defender— Federal Premium has expanded its award-wining Hydra-Shok Deep lineup with a new 99-grain 380 Auto load. This new offering is tailor-made for arming compact, concealed-carry “pocket pistols” or “micro guns” with an expanding, yet deepest-penetrating round. The new Hydra-Shok Deep 380 Auto even exceeds the FBI protocol performance measures of 12 inches minimum through both the bare gel and heavy clothing tests. These are achievements the industry has never seen before in the 380 Auto cartridge.

“FBI protocol incudes a series of rigorous scenarios. Bullets are shot through materials such as 10-percent ordinance gelatin, laminated automotive safety glass, plywood, wallboard and heavy clothing specified by the FBI,” said Federal Handgun Ammunition Product Manager Chris Laack. “While our larger caliber ammunition is designed to meet and exceed these requirements, the smaller 380 Auto is designed to offer the best possible blend of performance in a compact handgun platform.”

Testing done by Federal ammunition engineers in their Anoka, Minnesota facilities showed typical results of 13 to 13 ½ inches of penetration in bare gel and 13 ¼ to 14 inches through heavy clothing. Test gun barrel lengths were from common, compact handguns ranging from 2 ¾ to 3 ½ inches. The bullet and load are also fine-tuned to ensure delivery of consistent performance across all handgun platforms, including ones with longer barrels, to stay within that 13- to 14-inch goal range.

Hydra-Shok Deep has quickly become a favorite of those who rely on ammunition to protect themselves and their families. The product lineup now consists of four loads with the new 380 Auto 99-grain being the latest. Also available are 9mm Luger 135-grain, 40 S&W 165-grain and 45 Auto 210-grain. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices range from $25.95 to $33.95 from 20-count boxes.

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

USSOCOM Completes Safety Certification and Purchase of SIG SAUER MG 338 Machine Guns, Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Big news from SIG. For the first time in over a century, the US military has safety certified bot a new weapon as well as ammunition at the same time.

They also certified a suppressor at the same time, a first.

These weapons are undergoing a combat evaluation by MARSOC on behalf of USSOCOM and the US Marine Corps.

I recently had an opportunity to fire the SIG SAUER MG 338 machine gun. It is extremely controllable and weighs less than an M240.

Here is their press release.

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 13, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the United States Special Operation Command (USSOCOM), working closely with SIG SAUER, has completed a safety certification of the new SIG SAUER MG 338 Machine Gun, SIG SAUER 338 Norma Mag Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors.  Following this historic official safety certification, SIG SAUER has completed deliveries of multiple systems, comprised of the MG 338 Machine Guns, 338 Norma Mag Ammunition, and Next Generation Suppressors – all researched, designed, engineered, and manufactured by SIG SAUER in the U.S.A.

“The safety certification of the complete SIG SAUER MG 338 system, and delivery of the system to USSOCOM is historically very significant.  For the first time in decades the U.S. Military certified a new machine gun, ammunition, and suppressor at the same time, bringing new innovation, portability, and increased lethality to our ground forces, with all components coming from one company,” began Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “This certification was achieved following the outstanding performance of the complete MG 338 system through the rigors of the extensive function, durability, and safety tests set forth by USSOCOM.”

The SIG MG 338 bridges the gap between the current machine guns currently in use with the U.S. Military.  In comparison to the current M240 (7.62x51cal) machine gun, which has been in service with the U.S. Military for 60 years, the SIG MG 338, is noticeably lighter, weighing only 20 pounds, and provides significantly more range and lethality.  In comparison to the M2 (.50cal), which has been in service with the U.S. Military for 110 years, the MG 338 is approximately one-quarter the weight, and in a historic first, offers a man-portable solution with similar effective-range.  Making this system even more desirable are the new SIG SAUER Next Generation Suppressors which drastically reduces the impact of harmful toxic fumes and signature, making the operator less vulnerable.  

The SIG SAUER MG 338 machine gun is a belt-fed, lightweight medium machine gun weighing under 20lbs., chambered in 338 Norma Mag.  The MG 338 features a short-stroke gas piston system and a proprietary recoil mitigation system, with a free-floating, quick-change barrel, ambidextrous controls, switchable feed tray, charging handle that can be alternated to either side depending on operator preference, and as a modern, multi-caliber, modular system the new SIG MG 338 is easily convertible to 7.62x51cal.

“We are incredibly proud of this historical accomplishment and honored to have received this safety certification by USSOCOM for the performance of the complete MG 338 system,” concluded Cohen.

www.sigsauer.com

Maxim Defense Industries Announces the Release of Their New MDX and MD:15 Line of Firearms and the Launch of Maxim Defense Ammunition and “SBA” (Short Barrel Ammunition) at SHOT Show 2020

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

Live Fire Demo’s at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range (lane SR-42)

St Cloud, MN – Maxim Defense, the premiere manufacturer in PDW technologies, is unveiling its MDX and MD:15 line of firearms along with Maxim Defense Ammunition “SBA” (Short Barrel Ammunition) at SHOT Show 2020. Maxim Defense is located in Booths #1857 – Downstairs and Booths #30010 – Upstairs.

“We’ve been hard at work this year” said Maxim Defense VP Sales and Marketing, Dave Larson “The success of the PDX released at SHOT Show in 2019 fueled efforts to expand our firearm line and tackle ballistic issues in the short barrel weapon arena. It’s another year of new and groundbreaking product development at Maxim.”

Maxim Defense is a proud sponsor of the annual SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range (lane SR-42) and is offering live-fire demos of the MDX and MD:15 line of firearms and Maxim Defense Ammunition “SBA” (Short Barrel Ammunition) in .300 BLK, 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39.

MDX Weapon System

The MDX Weapon System was developed to fulfill the broad spectrum of needs by today’s military and law enforcement operations. The family consists of the PDX/MDX:505 (5.5″ barrel), the MDX:508 (8.5″ barrel), and the MDX:510 (10.3″ barrel).

The entire MDX Weapon System line in 5.56 NATO is part of Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) in 2020, sponsored by The Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCOE) at Ft. Benning. Maxim Defense has attended the live fire evaluation in November 2019 and is attending Force-on-Force experiments with the U.S. Army, U.K. Army, and the Australian Army January through March 2020.

PDX (MDX:505)

Born from the SOCOM PDW solicitation, the PDX is now shipping in .300BLK. Designed to handle the fierce demands of the SOF community and dominate in close quarter encounters the PDX is the ultimate choice for when concealment and personal defense are non-negotiable. The PDX in .300BLK is shipping with an MSRP of $2,295.00

Upper Receivers and Upper Kits are also available and shipping.

Calibers: Now in 300BLK (also available in 5.56 NATO & 7.62×39)
Barrel Length: 5.5”
Colors: Black or Arid
Overall Length: 18.75”
Muzzle Device: Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE™ Muzzle Booster
Stock: Maxim Defense SCW™ stock system
Trigger: ALG Combat Trigger (ACT)
Configuration: SCW Pistol Brace, SCW Stock

MDX:508

With the same heart and soul of the PDX, the MDX:508 features an 8.5″ barrel, ideal for when maximum concealment and compactness are essential, but not as critical. Every MDX:508 includes Maxim’s HATEBRAKE muzzle booster, 7-sided M-Slot compatible handguard, armorer level adjustable gas block and can be configured with a Maxim Gen6 CQB brace, Gen7 CQB stock, or SCW stock or brace. MSRP of $2,495.00

Individual Upper Receivers are also available.

Calibers: 300BLK, 5.56 NATO & 7.62×39
Barrel Length: 8.5”
Colors: Black or Arid
Overall Length: 21.5” – 23””
Muzzle Device: Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE™ Muzzle Booster
Trigger: ALG Combat Trigger (ACT)
Configuration: SCW Stock, SCW Pistol Brace, CQB Stock or CQB Pistol Brace

MDX:510

Design originating from the PDX, the MDX-510 features a 10.3″ barrel, Maxim’s HATEBRAKE muzzle booster, 7-sided M-Slot compatible handguard, armorer level adjustable gas block and can be configured with a Maxim Gen6 CQB Brace, Gen7 CQB Stock, or SCW Stock or Brace. MSRP of $2,495.00

Individual Upper Receivers are also available.

Calibers: 300BLK, 5.56 NATO & 7.62×39
Barrel Length: 10.3”
Colors: Black or Arid
Overall Length: 23.5” – 25”
Muzzle Device: Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE Muzzle Booster
Stock: Maxim Defense SCW stock system
Trigger: ALG Combat Trigger (ACT)
Configuration: SCW Stock, SCW Pistol Brace, CQB Stock or CQB Pistol Brace

MD:15

The MD:15 is available in 8.5” or 10.3” barrel lengths and was developed for Law Enforcement Patrol Officers who need an affordable AR15 platform weapon but do not want to sacrifice reliability, accuracy, or features. Each MD:15 is equipped with the same internal operating components as the MDX including the Maxim HATEBRAKE muzzle booster, armorer level adjustable gas block and comes with the Maxim Slim-Line five-sided M-Slot handguard, and can be configured with a Maxim PDW Brace, Gen6 CQB Stock, or SCW stock or brace. MSRP of $1,495.00 and $1,695.00

Calibers: 300BLK, 5.56 NATO & 7.62×39
Barrel Lengths: 8.5’ or 10.3”
Colors: Black Only
Overall Length: 23.5” – 25”
Muzzle Device: Maxim Defense HATEBRAKE Muzzle Booster
Trigger: Mil-Spec Trigger
Configuration: SCW Stock, SCW Pistol Brace, or PDW Pistol Brace

Maxim Defense Ammunition – SBA (Short Barrel Ammunition)

Maxim Defense is committed to developing the next-generation tools, equipment, and systems that exceed in the most extreme environments. Today’s short barrel weapons excel in close-quarter encounters but sometimes lack the velocities and terminal ballistics that longer barrels have. To address these concerns, Maxim Defense partnered with Fort Scott Munitions to optimize ammunition loads specifically for short barrel weapons.

By making these adjustments, as well as including their TUI® (Tumble Upon Impact™) technology, the Maxim Defense Ammunition ballistic wound cavities exceed the standards of both Expanding and Fragmenting projectiles. The TUI® design of the projectiles tumble all the way down to 500 fps. Maxim Defense SBA (Short Barrel Ammunition) is the ultimate choice for when close quarter battle and personal defense are non-negotiable. MSRP $27.94 – $36.95

300BLK
Grain: 115gr and 190gr Subsonic
Bullet: SCS (Solid Copper Spun)
Box Count: 20 cartridges
Case Count: 25 boxes

5.56 NATO
Grain: 55gr, 62gr, 70gr
Bullet: SCS (Solid Copper Spun)
Box Count: 20 cartridges
Case Count: 25 boxes

7.62x39mm
Grain: 119gr
Bullet: SCS (Solid Copper Spun)
Box Count: 20 cartridges
Case Count: 10 boxes

Come and meet Kris “Tanto” Paronto at SHOT Show 2020

Kris Paronto, former US Army Ranger, Benghazi Warrior, Co-Author of “13 Hours” the book used for the motion picture “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”, Author of USA Today Best Seller, “The Ranger Way” and “The Patriot’s Creed: Inspiration and Advice for Living a Heroic Life,” Owner of Battleline Tactical, and Founder of the 14th Hour Foundation will be meeting with visitors and fans with Maxim Defense during SHOT Show 2020.

Starting on Monday, January 20th, Kris will be at Maxim Defense’s dedicated Industry Day at the Range lane, SR-42, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Following the range day, Media and fans will also have the opportunity to meet with Kris between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the Maxim booth #1857 (downstairs).

For more information on Kris, go to www.KrisTantoParonto.com. And visit www.maximdefense.com for all new products launching at SHOT Show 2020.

To learn more about Maxim Defense, please visit us at www.maximdefense.com.

US Army Selects SIG SAUER for 300 Win Mag Sniper Ammunition

Friday, January 10th, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 10, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of SIG SAUER Ammunition by the U.S. Army Contracting Command for a $10 million firm-fixed priced contract to manufacture the MK 248 MOD 1 and MOD 0 .300 Win Mag ammunition for use in U.S. Military sniper platforms.

Ron Cohen, President and CEO, SIG SAUER, Inc. began, “This award by the U.S. Army is validation of our state-of-the-art manufacturing that has resulted in the highest quality, and most precise, ammunition delivering on target accuracy for snipers in the field.”

The U.S. Military sniper.300 Win Mag ammunition will be manufactured at the state-of-the-art SIG SAUER ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

“This is a very exciting development for SIG SAUER, and for the rapidly growing SIG SAUER ammunition division, and we are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Army,” concluded Cohen.  

Speer to Introduce Nine New Products at the 2020 SHOT Show

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

LEWISTON, Idaho – January 7, 2020 – Speer is introducing several new, high-performance products at the 2020 SHOT Show (Booth No. 14551), January 21-24 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees who stop by Speer’s booth will get a first look at the all-new Gold Dot Carry Gun, Gold Dot 5.7x28mm, and Gold Dot Rifle Personal Protection ammunition.

“We are very excited to launch nine outstanding products from Speer in 2020, said Speer Product Director Mike Holm. “Options include the industry’s first 5.7x28mm round designed specifically for self-defense, a Gold Dot handgun product line optimized for compact carry pistols, and new self-defense rifle loads optimized for peak FBI protocol performance though barrels shorter than 16 inches. All this new ammunition is sure to grab the attention and exceed the expectations of all self-defenders seeking options for these types of firearms.”

Speer has broken new ground with an all-new Gold Dot® load—the first 5.7x28mm round specifically designed for self-defense. Like all Gold Dot ammunition, the bullet is built using Speer’s exclusive Uni-Cor method. The jacket is bonded to the core one atom at a time, virtually eliminating core-jacket separation and creating a projectile that’s accurate, tough and consistent through all common barriers. High-quality brass, reliable primers and specially formulated propellant produce optimal feeding and ballistics in 5.7x28mm firearms.

Designed specifically for compact pistols, Speer has built upon the law-enforcement proven Gold Dot G2 bullet, optimizing the design and loading to provide superior feeding, ballistics and terminal performance through compact concealed handguns. Gold Dot Carry Gun features several exclusive bullet design features, the result is extremely uniform expansion, better separation of the petals, and more consistent penetration across barrier types. Available in 9mm Luger 135-grain, 40 S&W 165-grain and 45 Auto +P 200-grain.

New Gold Dot Short Barrel rifle is engineered to provide industry-leading performance in FBI protocol testing through barrels less than 16 inches long. Its bullets are built using Speer’s exclusive Uni-Cor® method. The jacket is bonded to the core one atom at a time, virtually eliminating core-jacket separation and creating a projectile that’s accurate, tough and consistent through all common barriers. Available in three options for 223 Rem. plus 308 Win. and 300 BLK.

Speer has been a trusted name in ammunition business for more than 75 years. The iconic manufacturer’s reputation for making the world’s finest component bullets and loaded cartridges goes all the way back to 1943. Speer is proud of its longstanding success and looks forward to a bright future ahead.

New products and much more from Speer can be viewed at booth 14551 during the 2020 SHOT Show. For more information on Speer, go to www.speer-ammo.com

AmmoSquared Inc. Launches Crowdfund to Revolutionize the Ammunition Industry

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

No industry is immune to digital disruption… not even ammunition.

Boise, Idaho (December 2019)  AmmoSquared Inc. is on a mission to change the way 94 million gun owners think about and manage ammunition by combining the physical world of ammunition with the convenience of online digital management.

According to the company, by starting off digital, ammunition becomes more convenient to purchase, store, exchange, manage, and ultimately, own.

CEO of AmmoSquared Inc, Dan Morton, explained, “Our vision of the future is that every gun owner in America will soon have two forms of ammunition: physical, that they store in their house and take to the range, and digital, which is accumulating in the background, easily exchangeable, and deliverable on demand.”

The company’s existing business model, which was launched in 2015, already offers a unique ammunition subscription service designed to help customers stay stocked up on ammo, but according to Morton, that is just phase one of AmmoSquared’s long term vision.

“Currently customers can purchase ammunition in small amounts via a reoccurring subscription,” Morton continued. “It doesn’t matter whether they are buying one box or one round at a time, it all goes into their digital inventory and accumulates until the customer is ready for delivery. This subscription-based model is just the first phase of our vision.”

AmmoSquared is looking at the future of ammunition and has recently begun raising capital to build a next-generation digital ammunition exchange. Chris Corriveau, CTO of AmmoSquared, added, “Our ultimate goal is to build a true ‘Digital Ammunition Exchange’ where individuals can purchase, store, exchange, and sell ammunition with just a few clicks online. This way, every gun owner has a backup supply of ammunition in a ‘digital’ format that is easily exchangeable and available whenever they need it. Ammunition holders will also be able to trade into, or out of, different calibers in order to take advantage of price changes in the ammunition market.”

Morton and Corriveau predict this will create a market-based leveling mechanism to smooth out the sometimes-dramatic price and availability swings in ammunition that increase during the political election cycle.

To raise capital, the company is issuing Series Seed Preferred Shares to accredited and non-accredited investors through equity crowdfunding portal Wefunder.

“We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to join us and invest in the future of ammunition. Most folks are not accredited investors so it was important to choose an equity crowdfunding platform where anyone with as little as $100 could become a shareholder in AmmoSquared. There are also great gun related perks available for those who can invest $500 or more,” Morton said.

While there are a handful of public companies in the firearms industry such as Sturm, Ruger and Company, American Outdoor Brands, and Olin Corp (Winchester), the ability to invest in a disruptive tech startup in this industry is rare to non-existent – especially for the smaller investor.

Investors in AmmoSquared have a unique opportunity to own part of an ammunition company, drive innovation in the industry, and support the 2nd Amendment.

For investment information visit:  wefunder.com/ammosquared

Federal Ammunition Launches “It’s Federal Season” Podcast

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

ANOKA, Minnesota – December 18, 2019 – Federal Ammunition is excited to announce the launching of “It’s Federal Season,” a podcast dedicated to everything ammunition.  Federal is coming up on 100 years and there is a ton of information to share that is both entertaining and informational.  The first episode will drop on December 19, 2019 and can be downloaded from federalpremium.com/podcast.     

“This is an exciting launch and a new marketing tool for our leading ammunition brand,” says Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal. “Our goal is to entertain, inform, and give insight into our new and existing products that you use in your practice, your hunts, and in your self-defense every day.”  

Listeners can expect to learn about new products and promotions but also hear from our many partners in the hunting and shooting industry including conservation leaders, celebrities, competitive shooters, and prominent newsmakers.  These conversations are going to be engaging and informative.  The podcast will feature a TECH TALK segment where Federal’s engineers or product managers will go in-depth on design and performance of our category leading products and the key differentiators that separate us from the competition.

The initial podcast schedule will be dropping new content each month with the primary host being Jason Vanderbrink, President of Federal.  The flexibility of the medium allows Federal to increase frequency when seasons heat up.  Look for more information at www.federalpremium.com or where you find your favorite podcasts.