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Whiskey 5: Bullet Vault

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024

Whiskey 5 is a recurring Soldier Systems Daily feature that asks “Who, What, When, Where, and Why” of industry leaders, manufacturers and instructors — to let you hear how they describe themselves. It’s intended to give you a close
and thorough look at some of the people that make our industry unique. We’ve found these basic 5 questions to be the basic keys to understanding. Past Whiskey-5s have included businesses from Adventure Operations Group to Zulu Nylon Gear and many, many fine organizations between.

Today, we’ll be sharing an overview of Bullet Vault.


Clay Tippins and a small group of solid, like-minded people run Bullet Vault. One of those folks is a longtime gun industry peer
Nate Treadway (now a Bullet Vault strategic advisor). Others are part of the same group of investors that owns Lone Wolf and
Primary Weapons System (PWS). Tippins is a Naval Special Warfare veteran, self-professed economics geek, and technology
developer. Some of you will remember him from his run for the office of Governor in Georgia a few years back.

Bullet Vault is an ammo subscription business that offers far more expansive services than you might think. Bullet Vault has built the foundation to evolve into a collateralized transaction engine backed by a physical 9mm 115-grain FMJ bullet.

1 “BulletReserve” = 1 physical 9mm bullet in the warehouse.

(L to R) Clay Tippins, Trigger, and Nate Treadway. The giant on the far right is Tip, Clay’s son.

Let’s back up and explain – particularly the collateralized part of this.

Once upon a time, the $USD was backed by gold specie. The British pound (£/GBP) has that name because it was backed by a
pound of silver. The precious metals Bullet Vault deals in include a number of other, more Second Amendment-based metals, including brass, lead, steel, and more in the form of physical 9mm bullets

Bullet Vault uses proprietary blockchain technology to issue and track bullet reserves. Every token minted on the blockchain has a real thing – a 9mm bullet – behind it. Want to start putting away a few hundred rounds of ammunition each month? That’s the subscription service.

Want to gift the monetary value of your BulletReserves to someone else at Bullet Vault? Transfer some of your reserves to their account.

Are you buying bullets instead of investing in gold and silver? Sell a few cases back to Bullet Vault seamlessly within the platform. Or…have us ship you some of your reserves from the warehouse. Then, meet up with some of your buddies and go have a range day.

Just don’t plan on using whatever you sell back or trade away as further investment or collateral. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. The logic and function of the software track unallocated bullets (which are the tokenized assets), allowing them to be used as a one-for-one, 100% collateralized allocation.

In real time.


Although the idea that became Bullet Vault was born back in 2019 (over a fire at a hunt camp), the site and app have only
been active for a few months. There were years of research, banking studies, and software development in the beginning,
then more of the same when Tippins realized that just establishing his own bank (his original idea) would not be enough
to complete his mission.

The challenge is processing. There has to be a way to conduct the transaction.

That has become increasingly problematic over the last several years as credit card companies, Paypal, and others have slowly begun to slow or even forbid Second Amendment-related commerce.

That already alarming trend has been worsening for years, and for Tippins and Treadway, it became more personal shortly after
the purchase of Lone Wolf Arms.

“The first Wednesday I owned Lone Wolf,” Bullet Vault Chairman Clay Tippins says, “my CFO called and said, hey, got bad news for you. We’re going to lose card processing within the next week.”

That event was a catalyst—not the only catalyst, but an extremely significant one—as you’ll learn below in Why.


Bullet Vault’s “Head Shed” is in several remote locations, but the Tippins live in Georgia, and their current warehouse is in Idaho. As we add locations, we will achieve redundancy and potentially reduce costs.

Next up will be Montana, a location that could offer some initial benefit to those buyers who wish to store ammunition long-term. Montana is one of just five (5) states that don’t (currently) charge sales tax on ammunition.

Bullet Vault customers who want to “ship and shoot” must still pay appropriate state and local taxes. Warehouses in other states, possibly Oregon, Georgia, Delaware, or New Hampshire, are likely in the near future.



Financial institutions refuse to do business with 2A industry businesses. Credit card companies won’t process charges for gun-related purchases. Social media platforms, including YouTube, penalize or cancel those who violate (or even might have
violated) a fairly ambiguous set of ‘community standards.’

Tippins explains:

“The problem is the transactions. That’s the…Achilles Heel of the Second Amendment. It’s the jugular. If they can’t legislate guns out of existence, they’re gonna try to do it other ways. They’ll make insurance expensive, they’re gonna cut us off from credit card processing and banking services, and from social media. The ability to do commerce is the lifeblood of the world. We need commerce not just as an industry but as a people.”

In many of those latter cases, consistent enforcement limited to their own rules is dubious at best. It’s the same with many
crowd-backing mechanisms like Patreon, GoFundMe, and the like.

Bank Vault was with difficulty, able to switch from Bank of America-backed anti-gun credit card processors before we suffered
irreparable financial damage, but it was a near thing.

In Tippins’s own words, it scared the shit out of him. It also made him mad. So, he decided to do something about it. That something was, after dialing things in more than a little, Bullet Vault.

Specifically, taking a bullet subscription service and making it an engine for collateralized trade.

In addition to being a handy way to use dollar-cost averaging to stash away ammunition at a good price, of course!

We evolved from a bank-focused mission to one of collateralized trade because of the need for transactions. It doesn’t help much to have lots of money in your account if there’s no way to use it electronically. Cash is nice, but in today’s age, it is impractical except for incidental daily use.

If Tippins and the Bank Vault crew have our way, eventually, people will use Bullet Vault to swipe or check out instead of Amex, MasterCard, or Paypal.

Bullet Vault FAQ

• A BulletReserve is the digital representation of a single 115gr FMJ 9mm made-in-the-USA bullet in a new brass
case; each Reserve is backed, one for one, by a physical bullet.

• Bullet Vault currently charges a 6% sales tax on Reserves at the time of purchase. That’s Idaho’s state sales tax. No
subsequent tax is currently charged when the user decides to have their ammo shipped.

• Applicable taxes on future ammunition purchased in other states, i.e., Montana and others, will be determined when a
user “withdraws” it by having it shipped; that amount will be based on the user’s ship-to location.

• There is no storage fee for the first year following a user’s purchase of Bullet Reserves. After the first year, an as-yet-undetermined (but guaranteed to be minor) fee will be charged.

• Bullet Vault cannot currently perform services in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Rhode Island. We are working to expand services into
currently restricted parts of the lower 48. Some states require ammo to be shipped to an FFL location.

• Clay Tippins has never been in a SEAL movie. He hasn’t written a novel or a memoir. But he did run for Georgia
governor once, and he still has great hair.

Hit us with questions, concerns, or comments below, and we’ll try to answer quickly (or at least update our FAQ).

Bullet Vault is online at https://bulletvault.com/.

Connect with us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bullet.vault/

Subscribe to the BulletVAult channel on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/@bulletvault

G9 Defense 6.5 Creedmoor 120gr Solid Copper Super Match

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

Post Falls, ID. – (April 24th, 2024) – G9 Defense premium defensive ammunition, is pleased to announce new 6.5 Creedmoor 120gr Solid Copper Super Match ammunition with ALPHA Brass. G9 Super Match technology is used in rifle projectiles intended for target, competition, and training applications.

The new G9 Defense 6.5 Creedmoor 120gr Solid Copper Super Match with ALPHA Brass utilizes high muzzle velocities and high ballistic coefficients to achieve shorter times of flight, flatter trajectories, and less wind drift compared to other match bullets on the market. G9 Super Match rounds take a shooter’s long-range capability to the next level.

The new 6.5 Super Match’s advancements in internal ballistics come from patented side geometry that allow for less friction in the barrel, resulting in faster muzzle velocities at SAAMI standard pressures and lower barrel temperature during a firing string. These properties are enhanced by metallurgy selectionthe of all copper G9 Super Match bullets. The projectile features multiple bands machined into its side, which decreases bearing surface and pressures without diminishing ballistic coefficient. Combining these design benefits with the most rigorous load development and testing standards, G9 offers rounds with high muzzle velocities while maintaining extremely low standard deviations.

This new bullet is an all machine-turned solid copper or brass projectile that offers significant improvement in consistency over traditional jacketed lead bullets, which often have minor inconsistencies in density. By machine turning the projectiles G9 produces a round with a lower standard deviation of ballistic coefficient than any other method of production. At extended ranges, a low standard deviation in BC is more meaningful than standard deviation in muzzle velocity, resulting in higher accuracy at extended ranges.

Alpha Munitions shares a kindred spirit with G9 Defense: the eternal pursuit of ballistic perfection. Their Optimized Case Head Design (OCD) far exceeds performance standards typically associated with cases. Their innovative technology is combined with industry-leading manufacturing standards and the result is second-to-none. Their elevated level of performance, combined with uncanny consistency, makes their brass the obvious match for G9’s 6.5 Creedmoor brass projectile line. Expect single digit standard deviations and next level accuracy. Learn more about Alpha Munitions at www.alphamunitions.com

6.5 Creedmoor 120 grain Super Match Specifications:

– Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor

– Bullet: 120gr Copper Super Match

– G1 BC: .625

– Velocity: 2950 fps

– Recommended Twist Rate: 1:8 or faster

– Packaging: 200-round case, 20-count box

MSRP: $45.99

If you’re a vendor looking to add G9 Defense’s unique and innovative ammunition to your company’s portfolio, click here.

NATO Dummy Rounds Collection Set from Strike Industries

Monday, April 8th, 2024

A fun reminder of what major calibers are used by NATO forces, you can use these dummy rounds for dry fire practice, safety education, or as your newest keychain accessory. 

Not only does the kit include dummy 9mm, 5.7x28mm, 5.56x45mm, and 7.62x51mm, but they’ve added the new US cartridge, the Next Generation Squad Weapons 6.8x51mm.


SOLGW to Offer 6mm MAX Ammo Throughout Dealer Network

Monday, April 8th, 2024

08 APR 2024 – San Antonio, Texas – With our 2024 launch into the new 6mm MAX caliber, we at SOLGW have decided to make factory ammunition available through our entire Dealer Network. We have partnered with a top-quality USA ammunition provider to provide match-grade ammo in 6mm MAX and 5.56mm.

As we all know, the demand spikes we’re facing in the fall, along with the rapidly increasing lead times on loaded ammunition and components, have us all concerned about the availability of ammo this year.

Along with the (5) 6mm MAX options we’ve committed to offer, we also provide (4) 5.56mm match-grade cartridges. We offer projectiles from Barnes, Hornady, and Sierra ranging from high-performance expanding bullets to match-grade boat tail loads.

We chose to ensure the success of 6mm MAX by keeping factory-loaded ammo available and accessible for purchase from our dealers, along with our 6mm MAX rifles/ uppers/ barrels. We will hold shelf stock for immediate follow-up delivery after launch (July).

Interested retailers should contact: dealers@solgw.com for more information.

Arsenal of the Republic.

Strong Partner of the Spanish Army: Rheinmetall Supplies Over 100,000 Mortar Rounds

Friday, April 5th, 2024

Rheinmetall has received another order from the Spanish government in the higher double-digit million euro range. The Group is to supply the Spanish army with a total of 104,000 mortar rounds in 60mm, 81mm and 120mm calibres by the end of 2025. The framework agreement concluded in the first quarter of 2024 is already the second and includes an extension option for two additional years.

The mortar rounds ordered will be used by the Spanish army’s infantry units, among others, in high explosive, smoke and illumination ammunition variants. Depending on the calibre and mortar system used, they have different ranges of between 2.59 km (60mm) and 8.25 km (120mm).
Rheinmetall mortar ammunition offers increased range, enhanced precision and optimised effectiveness on target, enabling forces to effectively engage targets in difficult terrain or in urban environments.

The current order from the Spanish government underlines Rheinmetall’s leading role as a systems supplier in the field of steep-fire systems. Rheinmetall, one of the world’s largest ammunition manufacturers, was recently awarded a contract to supply the Spanish army with 155mm artillery ammunition worth over €200 million.

6.5 Creedmoor Now Available from Black Sheep Ammo

Friday, March 15th, 2024

UNION, Missouri – Black Sheep Ammo, Veteran owned / 100% USA owned ammunition manufacturer is now building 6.5 Creedmoor, 143GR ELD. Built with premium USA components and propellants designed to excel in long range applications. Black Sheep Ammo is dedicated to building clean, reliable, 100% USA ammunition.


Artillery Ammunition for Spanish Army: Rheinmetall Wins €208 Million Order

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

The Spanish government has commissioned Rheinmetall, the world’s largest manufacturer of artillery ammunition, to supply a total of 94,200 155mm rounds. The framework agreement concluded for this purpose has a volume of around €208 million. The artillery rounds are to be delivered to the Spanish army between the end of 2024 and the end of 2025, with a two-year extension option.

The ammunition now ordered is already being used by the Spanish customer; this is the second framework agreement. The new order emphasises Rheinmetall’s reliability as a partner to the Spanish army for the supply of key products.
The ER02A1 high-explosive (HE) projectiles have a maximum range of 30 kilometres in the boat-tail (BT) variant and almost 40 kilometres in the base-bleed (BB) variant. The latter has a special device at the base of the projectile. This heats the air generated by the projectile itself in its trajectory, thus reducing drag and increasing the maximum range.

The latest contracts in the field of 155mm artillery ammunition underline Rheinmetall’s leading technological position in European ammunition development and production. Framework agreements with various NATO member states secure the supply of artillery ammunition.

It was only on 12 February 2024 that the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for a new plant was held in Unterlüß, Lower Saxony, in the presence of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The plant will produce explosives and components for rocket artillery as well as artillery ammunition in particular. On 18 February 2024, Rheinmetall and a Ukrainian partner company signed a memorandum of understanding that will also enable the production of artillery ammunition in Ukraine in the future.

Major Order: Rheinmetall Supplying NATO Member Nation with Multiple Rocket Launcher Ammunition and Other Systems Worth More Than €300 Million

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Rheinmetall has won an order to supply a European member of NATO with multiple rocket launcher ammunition. Delivery is to take place from 2024 to 2027. The order, which was already booked in December 2023, represents sales volume for Rheinmetall of more than €300 million, without value added tax.

Rheinmetall Expal Munitions of Spain is responsible for manufacturing and delivering the rockets, which have a maximum range of 300 km. The order also encompasses additional services and other systems.

This is Rheinmetall’s first sales success in rocket artillery, vindicating the recent strategic expansion of its product portfolio. Just the other day, on 12 February, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wielded a shovel at the ground-breaking ceremony took place at Unterlüß in Lower Saxony for a new factory that will produce explosives, artillery ammunition and rocket artillery components.

In artillery systems, 120mm smoothbore tank ammunition, cannon-based air defence and the production of medium-calibre ammunition, Rheinmetall is a leading global supplier. Ever since its foundation over 125 years ago, the company has been a reliable partner of the artillery branch, supplying seamless barrels for big guns. In the ammunition domain, today Rheinmetall supplies a comprehensive array of ammunition types in various calibres.

The latest orders for artillery rockets and 155mm artillery ammunition underscore Rheinmetall’s technological edge in ammunition development and production in Europe. Framework contracts for artillery ammunition help to make sure that the needs of the armed forces of Germany and other NATO nations are reliably met. They enable better planning of production processes and optimum exploitation of existing capacity.