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Silencer Central…Proud to Become the Official Silencer of Federal Ammunition

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota – January 24, 2023 – During the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central, met with Jason Vanderbrink, president of Federal Ammunition to announce Silencer Central’s commitment as the Official Silencer of Federal Ammunition. This partnership also names Federal as the Official Ammunition of Silencer Central.

“As America’s largest silencer dealer, we are thrilled to partner with Federal, who leads our industry in ammunition technology,” said Maddox. “We’re both in the business of creating dependable, trustworthy products for hunters and shooters alike. This partnership is sure to be a success on multiple levels from providing great content for our consumers to promotional opportunities, co-branded events, conservation support and more. I’m truly excited for what the future holds.”

In the fall of 2022, Silencer Central and Federal Ammunition began partnering to develop first-class content, a special promotion providing Federal’s e-newsletter subscribers an early glance at Silencer Central’s new Banish Backcountry and teamed up on multiple outdoor media events.

In addition to the recent collaboration of marketing efforts, Silencer Central and Federal Ammunition share a common interest in partnering with and supporting conservation organizations. Together, these two powerhouse companies have donated millions of dollars through the years showing their commitment to conservation, education, and our shooting and hunting heritage, and will continue to do so for decades to come.

“We are excited for the opportunity to work so closely with the entire team at Silencer Central,” said Vanderbrink. “A strong partnership with them just makes sense as new products are developed to better serve the shooter and hunter with innovative products.”

Silencer Central delivers silencers directly to consumers in the 42 states where silencers are legal. The shipping process has revolutionized the way suppressors are sold and allows for consumers to streamline their purchasing experience by cutting out unnecessary hurdles to silencer ownership.

For more information visit SilencerCentral.com, or call 888-781-8778.

SHOT Show 23 – True Velocity to Add Additional Calibers

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

Concentrating on additional military calibers, True Velocity announced during SHOT Show that they are expanding their line of polymer cased ammunition to include 5.56, 338 NM, and .50 BMG.

Capacity Building for Ammunition Production: Foundation Stone Laid at New Rheinmetall Ammunition Factory in Várpalota, Hungary

Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

The foundation stone has been laid for the new Rheinmetall plant in Várpalota, Hungary, where ammunition for various systems will be produced by the joint venture Rheinmetall Hungary Munitions in cooperation with the Hungarian state. Production of 33mm-medium-calibre ammunition for the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle now being manufactured at the Rheinmetall plant in Zalaegerszeg is scheduled to start in 2024.

In a second phase, production capacity will be expanded and the product range widened to include other ammunition types.

A longstanding strategic partner of Hungary, Rhein¬metall AG will then be able to produce ammunition for the Leopard 2 tank and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer at the Várpalota plant. Both of these systems are used by the Hungarian Army. Part of the production is earmarked for the Hungarian armed forces, with some products destined for export.

Full production capacity will be reached in 2025. In addition, Rheinmetall also plans to conduct R&D in Várpalota.

The Group is thus systematically expanding its ammunition production capacity. It recently announced the acquisition of Spanish ammunition maker Expal, which will double its manufacturing capacity in this domain.

Rheinmetall also produces ammunition in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa, and Australia.

Rheinmetall is an important partner of Hungary, helping the country to achieve its strategic goals and develop its national defence industry. With this plant, Rheinmetall will be able to meet Hungary’s future ammunition needs as well as the growing demand for ammunition from Germany’s other partner countries. In addition to capital expenditure in Várpalota, Rheinmetall has been investing in extra production capacity and a development centre in Zalaegerszeg, where vehicle systems like the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle are being developed and produced, as well as in Szeged.

Furthermore, Rheinmetall announced in May 2022 that it would set up a joint venture with the 4iG Plc and the Hungarian state-owned company HM Electronics, Logistics and Property Management Plc (HM EI Zrt.) to drive forward the digitalisation of the Hungarian armed forces and selected NATO member states. Rheinmetall thus continues to expand its position in Hungary as a capable partner of the Hungarian armed forces. The core objective of the cooperation is to promote digitalisation of the Hungarian armed forces and other NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe and to develop and supply the necessary digital equipment.

When it is complete, the factory in Várpalota will employ about 200 people. More workers will be needed as the plant grows.

“We need employees in our team with experience in production, quality assurance, purchasing, warehousing and logistics, plant maintenance and administration. We are also specifically looking for professionals who are trained and experienced in handling explosives and ammunition”, declares plant CEO Michael Krebs.

 

Browning Ammunition Introduces SUB22 Subsonic Rimfire

Tuesday, January 17th, 2023

ARNOLD, Mo., (January 16, 2023) – Browning Ammunition is now offering a subsonic 22LR ammunition purpose built for use in semi-auto pistols equipped with a suppressor.

The Browning brand continues to expand its ammunition lineup with a brand-new product that is ideal for target shooters and small game hunters using a suppressed pistol. By utilizing SUB22 ammunition, shooters will get more reliable functioning of their semi-auto pistols while also being able to achieve maximum noise suppression. The SUB22 ammunition uses a 45-grain lead round nose projectile traveling at 1060 feet-per-second and is available in a 100-round pack size.

SUB22 ammunition will be available soon at an outdoor retailer or dealer near you. Learn more about the full line of Browning Ammunition at www.browningammo.com

FN America (FNA) Previews the Lightweight Intermediate Caliber Cartridge (LICC) Individual Weapon System (IWS) Developed for the Irregular Warfare Technology Support Directorate (IWTSD)

Monday, January 16th, 2023

FN America (FNA) is previewing an entirely new weapon system unlike anything you have seen at the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, called the Lightweight Intermediate Caliber Cartridge (LICC) Individual Weapon System (IWS), it has four purpose-built components:

• Lightweight ammunition family
• Improved Performance Carbine
• 25-round purpose-built, polymer magazine
• Signature Suppressor

All of these components were designed and purpose built specifically for this program, including the rifle, which was developed entirely from the ground up by FNA in Columbia, South Carolina. So far, FNA has not assigned the weapon a moniker aside from its program name. Additionally, the program added a belt-fed Assault Machine Gun.

IWS is chambered in the LICC, a .264 (6.5 x 43mm) round which was initially developed by the US Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), Fort Benning, GA and optimized by FNA’s team.

Here’s an interesting aside regarding the naming of the cartridge. While under development by the AMU, the cartridge was referred to as .264 USA. As the ammunition underwent development, the working name was altered to .264 International in honor of the Allied partner co-sponsoring and co-funding the program. Eventually, the team settled on a simplified .264 as the path forward.

FNA developed the weapons and ammunition under a U.S. Government competitive RDT&E contract awarded by the Irregular Warfare Technology Support Directorate (IWTSD), a government office, which is responsible for conducting research and development in support of U.S. and allied organizations involved in Irregular Warfare. Although this includes Special Operations Forces (SOF), there is a variety of other government agencies with IW responsibilities who share mutual needs within this realm. IWTSD works with academia and industry to develop new advanced capabilities. Originally known as the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), the name was changed to IWTSD, under the Assistant Secretary of Defense Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) in 2021.

For the LICC IWS effort, FNA leads a best in class industry team consisting of four ammunition manufacturers, one magazine designer and manufacturer, and one suppressor designer and manufacturer.

The very name of the program is straight out of a 2016 briefing presented to NDIA’s Armament Systems Forum by IWTSD’s SME Jim Schatz entitled “A Path to Overmatch: Next Generation Individual Weapon System” in which he envisioned a new weapon firing a lightweight cartridge in .264 or .277.

In January 2018, IWTSD published their annual Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for a variety of new required technologies. One of those was LICC IWS. The BAA called for a carbine chambered in .264 USA with the C8 carbine as a baseline as Canada SOF is a full partner in this endeavor. The goal was to provide overmatch against emerging great power competitors and future threats.

On 19 August 2019, a contract was awarded to FNA and work began. The team evaluated the government’s requirement and realized something completely new was required.

To achieve the weight savings they were aiming for, the team evaluated a variety of cartridge types, ultimately settling on a two-piece, lightweight steel design with stainless steel head and case body.

This seemed like an odd choice to many. FNA related that …“stainless steel performs differently than what was initially expected with a new lightweight cartridge. As an industry, we understand how brass cartridges perform and behave in the weapon chamber. We learned lightweight cartridges behave differently, outside normal expectations. We had to understand the science of the cartridge technology and use its characteristics to produce efficiencies and performance improvements that are superior to brass”… said Peter Kurupas, FNA Program Manager for Infantry Weapons and LICC IWS/AMG.

Ultimately, the new advanced cartridge presents reliable chambering and extraction with nominal chamber pressures and high muzzle velocities.

Additionally, accuracy is consistently two times better than the M4A1 while shooting on the flat range.

When .264 USA was first envisioned, a big selling point was that it could be fired from an AR-15 sized receiver set. Unfortunately, like .224 Valkyrie, 6mm ARC and other similar-sized cartridges, .264 is on the outer limits of effective use in the M4 carbine. Worse still, between the size of the cartridge and size of the magazine well, there is no room for the increased wall thickness of a polymer magazine.  It was obvious a new purpose built receiver and magazine would be required.

Upon contract award, FNA began to analyze the challenge before them. They had a clean sheet of paper and the perfect conditions to create something new and higher performing.

Starting with the ammunition, the entire approach was a collaboration between IWTSD, US & CANADA SOF, AMU and FNA to establish the overall cartridge shape, capacity and performance.

A crucial component, a key industry partner developed a purpose-built magazine for the .264 cartridge fired by IWS. When loaded with 25 rounds of lightweight ammunition, it is equivalent in weight to a 30-round Magpul P-Mag loaded with 5.56mm ammunition.

As far as the weapon was concerned, something new had to be developed and quickly.

Obviously, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the timeline of the program just as it did across all of DoD’s modernization efforts. However, within 60 days, they had a design concept and drawings. Two months later, a printed 3D model was available for government inspection. Two months more and a printed metal version was offered and live fire tested. By December 2020, IWTSD accelerated the program.

The resulting design is something akin to an AR-12.5 in size, which seems to be the “Goldilocks” size for intermediate calibers. The AR-15 magazine well is a bit too small and the AR-10 platform is overkill, adding unneeded size and weight. However, if you are comfortable with a Stoner pattern rifle, when you pick up IWS, you will feel right at home although a few of the ambidextrous controls are a little different, including charging handle operation. Additionally, although it is a two-piece, upper and lower receiver design, it breaks down a bit differently.

IWS utilizes a long stroke piston operating system, which is something you don’t see as often in new weapons these days. This is paired with a three-lug bolt face for strength. Additionally, the weapon is designed to run without any adjustments, in both suppressed and unsuppressed conditions, due to the self-regulating gas block.

IWS is available in three field interchangeable configurations: 11.5” Close Quarters Battle (CQB), 14.5” Carbine, and 18.5” Recce (Designated Marksmanship Rifle) with the various versions weighing between 7 and 9 pounds, empty.

Features include:

• Full Ambidextrous Controls
• FN developed two-stage select fire precision trigger system
• Ambidextrous Bolt Catch and Release system
• Long stroke piston operating system
• Self-regulating gas block assembly
• Self-contained operating group
• Non-reciprocating charging handle system
• Continuous 12-o’clock hand guard one-piece Picatinny rail
• Operator selectable left and right side folding stock system
• Fire with stock folded capability
• Quick detachable and install stock assembly
• Multiple Quick Detachment points and MLOK handguard cap ability
• Single lever takedown for rapid field strip

So far, FNA has made 40 changes to the individual weapon based on government feedback and direct interaction with tactical unit operators throughout regularly scheduled Soldier Touch Points.  For instance, last summer, IWS underwent a User Acceptance Testing and Performance live fire Evaluation at Fort Benning, GA hosted by AMU with U.S. and Canada SOF participating.

Firing IWS on full-auto reminded me of firing a belt-fed machine gun. There was a solid recoil impulse to be sure but it was very controllable thanks to the how the design deals with recoil and the firing rate was a comfortable “chugga, chugga, chugga” I was comfortable with. In semi-auto fire, recoil was more of a push than a snap thanks to the operating system and two mechanical mechanisms incorporated to mitigate recoil.

The LICC Assault Machine Gun (AMG) being concurrently developed with IWS, is a modified version of FN’s new EVOLYS machine gun designed specifically for use with .264. Results from prototype testing show the AMG is more accurate than the Mk48 in full auto mode. FNA is also developing an alternative to the current Mk13 link. The lightweight link system currently in development is set for testing in 2Q FY 2023.

Although the BAA requirements document discussed a polymer cased .264, then under development, the FN team down selected and proposed a high performing stainless steel case design. It is designed to reduce the carried weight by 20% compared to equivalent brass cartridges, while achieving improved results in accuracy and performance over current fielded ammunition.

In addition to the more than two times increase in accuracy over the M4 carbine, testers observed nearly 70% more impact energy and lethality over the M4, while maintaining handling with a system lighter than 8.0 lbs.

.264 is already delivering energy on target, but they’ve still got room for growth with capacity to handle pressures greater than SAAMI 6.5mm Creedmoor.

Cartridge types include Reduced Ricochet Limited Penetration Ammunition (Non-Toxic Primer) for training purposes and a monolithic ballistic match ammunition family.

Although this is an R&D program, it is delivering a weapon system, including multiple ammunition types, which could rapidly be put into service and offer distinct advantages over currently fielded systems.

This Summer, FN America will deliver 55 LICC IWS in three configurations as well as, a limited number of assault machine guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the U.S. and Canadian governments. Already, organizations are lined up to evaluate these new advanced systems.

The IWTSD LICC IWS & LICC AMG contracts have capacity and allow for a second optional delivery in Fall 2023 for First Article Testing, an initial step in a transition pathway to large scale procurement.

One of IWTSD’s primary co-sponsors of this program is CANSOF and they’ll be receiving weapons and ammunition as well. Other foreign partners are keen on checking out these new capabilities.

LICC IWS & AMG will be on display in FN America’s booth at SHOT Show at booth #11860. Meetings are available for qualified representatives.”

Federal Will Announce New Centerfire Rifle Ammunition at the 2023 SHOT Show

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 9, 2023 – Federal Ammunition is proud to announce new centerfire rifle ammunition options for 2023. Several all-new products will be showcased and on display at the 2023 SHOT Show (Booth No. 11838), January 17–20 at the Venetian Expo and Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. These new additions include new Gold Medal CenterStrike and ELD-X rifle loads, plus more.

Designed for competition and serious long-range target shooters, Gold Medal CenterStrike’s proprietary open tip match bullet has a sleek profile and is held to extremely tight specifications for ultimate long-range accuracy and consistency. Its available in 308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and 223 Rem.

The ELD-X hunting bullet has a reputation for being match-accurate and hard-hitting. It touts a high ballistic coefficient and a design that provides effective expansion at a wide range of velocities. Federal is now loading this well-known bullet in nine centerfire cartridge options from 243 Win. to 300 Win. Magnum; using Federal’s own factory-made components and strict manufacturing processes.

Attendees of the 2023 SHOT Show are encouraged to stop by Booth No. 11838 for a first-hand look at these new products and more. Information about the new products and line extensions can soon be found on Federal’s brand website.

For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

APEX Ammunition to Exhibit at SHOT Show

Saturday, January 14th, 2023

Columbus, Miss. (January 9, 2023) – APEX Ammunition, makers of handloaded, ultra-high-density Tungsten Super Shot (TSS) shotshells, will showcase its comprehensive line of shotgun ammunition at the 2023 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 17-20 (Booth # 71104).

APEX pioneered the commercial use of 18.1 g/cc density TSS in 2017 and today makes premium shotshells for Waterfowl, Turkey, Upland, Predator, and Deer hunting that are sought after by hunters who value superior performance.

Waterfowl

APEX Waterfowl TSS shotshells are meticulously handloaded for ultimate knockdown power. The TSS/S3 Steel™ Blend duplex loads feature No. 7.5 or 9 TSS combined with No. 2, 4 or BB S3 Steel shot in 12-gauge and No. 4 shot in 20 gauge. The new Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat Blend combines No. 8 TSS with No. 3 S3 Steel for a devastating 12-gauge goose and duck load. APEX S3 Steel™ line features premium-grade zinc-coated steel and the same Tungsten-grade wad system used in the APEX TSS loads for superior patterning and consistency. Select dealers are now offering the limited-edition APEX Flight Bag of five boxes (25 rounds per box) of S3 Steel loads.

28-gauge, 16-gauge, and .410 bore waterfowl loads are available upon request online through APEX’s Small Batch custom program.

Turkey

APEX’s legendary Turkey TSS offerings bring a new level of performance to sub-gauge shotguns. Now available in 20-gauge No. 9s, 28-gauge (No. 9 and 9 ½) and .410 bore (No. 9 ½), APEX Turkey TSS shotshells are designed for maximum penetration at extended ranges. Handloaded for ultimate consistency and quality control, APEX TSS allows the use of smaller shot sizes and larger payloads for maximum pattern density and downrange energy. Also available in 10-gauge, 12-gauge and 16-gauge loads.

APEX also offers Smalltown Hunting Blend loads which feature a combination of No. 7 1/2 and No. 9 shot TSS as well as Ninja Turkey TSS loads.

Upland

APEX Upland Bird TSS will help you put more wild birds in hand whether you’re hunting grouse, Huns, quail, or late-season roosters. Available in 3-inch 12-and 20-gauge loads. Upland Bird 3-inch 16-gauge, 2 ¾-inch 28-gauge, and .410 bore 2 ½ and 3-inch loads are available upon request.

Predator

Over the years, shotshells for predator hunting have typically meant massive lead pellets and low pattern count leading to limited performance. APEX Predator TSS, offered in shot sizes 4, 2 and BB, capitalizes on superior density to deliver extended range and penetration while maximizing pattern retention for ultimate knockdown power on coyotes, hogs and deer.

The 2023 APEX Ammunition Catalog is now available online.

Federal Ammunition Announces Ballistic AE App Additions

Monday, January 9th, 2023

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 5, 2023 – Federal Ammunition has added its latest load offerings to the updated Ballistic AE app. This leading Ballistic app is available for free to download on iOS devices.

“We’re excited to work on the Ballistic AE app to improve this technology and offer shooters another tool to increase their odds of success in the field,” said Federal Marketing Director Brian Anderson. “Getting our latest loads incorporated in the app—headlined by our popular and proven Terminal Ascent—provides our customers with more data to advance their shooting skills.”

Powered by the trusted JBM Ballistics computer, Ballistic AE is a definitive calculator for iOS devices. This app calculates trajectory, windage, velocity, energy, lead, and bullet flight time for any range. It compensates for atmospheric conditions such as temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, altitude and more.

The app contains a deep library of projectiles and factory loads, now featuring the most versatile big game loads—Federal’s Terminal Ascent. It also contains a mil-dot and MOA rangefinder, GPS and atmosphere awareness, full-size charts, a precision target log and far more.

Download the app today and look for continued updates throughout the year.

To learn more about Federal’s app, visit: Our Apps (federalpremium.com).

For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.