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True Velocity Unveils Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities With Potential to Reinvent Ammunition Supply Chain

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

U.S. leadership on Capitol Hill debate modernization of weapons and ammunition manufacturing and logistics

GARLAND, Texas (Sept. 22, 2020) – Texas-based True Velocity, an advanced manufacturing and technology company specializing in small-arms ammunition, is introducing new technology and proprietary solutions to help armed forces streamline ammunition production and logistics from anywhere in the world. The company’s manufacturing capabilities can power customizable and highly portable “cells,” allowing for decentralized and automated ammunition production. True Velocity recently received its 145th issued patent for its manufacturing technology, processes and products.

True Velocity manufacturing is aimed at reducing inefficiencies in the ammunition supply chain, improving manufacturing safety, and has capacity to produce as many as 600 million rounds per year from its operations. The cell production technology from True Velocity includes everything from casing manufacturing to loading of ammunition in a physical footprint that requires only 2,500 square feet.

During testimony in front of the House Armed Services Committee, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Dr. Bruce Jette mentioned the shortfalls of current ammunition manufacturing logistics in the U.S. and provided a blueprint for modernization. Congressman Donald Norcross opened the hearing, expressing concern that “essential functions of ammunition [are] done in museum-like conditions.”

Dr. Jette said, “We have been reticent to bring our production facilities into the 21st century. But we are at an inflection point, knowing that technology offers true modernization pathways that can significantly improve both safety and transform the production capability.”

The single largest producer of ammunition for the U.S. Armed Forces, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, has been in operation since 1941 and produces nearly 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition per year at a 3,935-acre facility. When asked about opportunities to modernize operations, Dr. Jette referenced the potential of using polymer casing manufacturers.

“What we will likely do is use their facilities to develop our interim supplies while we develop our in-house capabilities,” said Jette. “My insistence is upon transforming our approach as opposed to modernizing.”

True Velocity can ship manufacturing infrastructure anywhere in the world and can create operational manufacturing cells within months. Traditional ammunition manufacturing lines take as long as two years to accomplish similar outputs.

“We are uniquely positioned to enhance the armed forces’ capabilities through manufacturing modernization and enabling logistical efficiencies,” said Chris Tedford, president of True Velocity. “At True Velocity, we obsess over quality control and want to provide our country’s leaders with solutions that reinvent ammunition production, industrial supply chains, quality and distribution.”

True Velocity, founded in 2010, is based in the U.S. with manufacturing operations in Garland, Texas, just northeast of Dallas. More than 1 million rounds of True Velocity composite-cased cartridges will be delivered throughout 2020-2021 to the U.S. Army as ammunition solutions are tested by the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapons program.

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It’s a “Wild Ride” On This Episode of the “It’s Federal Season” Podcast

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – September 17, 2020 – Joining the “It’s Federal Season” podcast is Nick Hoffman, host of Nick’s Wild Ride on Outdoor Channel. Nick has traveled the globe, either playing his fiddle with country music stars, his own band or as a solo star as well as hunting the world’s diverse quarry. How has he combined his passions into careers many only dream of? Find out all the twists and turns of Nick’s amazing story from humble beginnings growing up in rural Minnesota to stardom in Nashville on this crazy half hour ride.

Episode No. 12 – Going to be a Wild Ride

“Nick has such a unique story with the Federal family,” says Federal Ammunition’s Vice President of Marketing Jason Nash. “Nick literally grew up in the shadows of the factory of Federal Ammunition in Anoka, MN. His family has a connection with Federal that goes back long before he was born and it’s really cool to tie the historical circle back together with a sponsorship of his popular television show,” says Nash. Hoffman details his relationship with Federal Ammunition, his path to country music stardom, and the influencers in his music career and hunting lifestyle show on the popular Outdoor Channel network. 

In the Tech Talk segment, Federal has a long history of loading Premium bullets for hunters pursuing their dream animal, which could be that 6 ½ year-old buck that’s been calling the ‘back forty’ home for years. Director of Product Development Jared Kutney weighs in on bullet construction and all the attributes that make Federal’s new Terminal Ascent the go to bullet on the market today. Kutney gives his recommendations and an informative review on many popular bullets and the game they are best suited for that makes this segment a must listen to before seasons open this fall.

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Competition Season Continuing Strong for Federal Ambassador Dakota Overland and Team Federal

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 6, 2020 – Federal brand ambassador and competitive shooter Dakota Overland takes home the Ladies Division title at the recent 2020 Magpul Governor’s Match in Cody, Wyoming. The teenager bested 15 other female competitors in that Division and finished 13th overall at the event.

“It was always a goal of mine to win the Ladies Division, plus perform well overall. I was happy to have done both. The most challenging part of this match was the requirement to use a Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC). That type of rifle is not a gun I typically use or practice with. There was a bit of an adjustment and relearning curve with it,” reported Overland. “However, Federal Syntech PCC 130-grain 9mm ammo is specifically designed for the PCC platform. I knew it would eliminate potential problems with running the firearm. It honestly helped my comfort level at this match.” 

In addition to shooting the Syntech PCC ammunition, Overland used Gold Medal Grand shotshells, American Eagle Rifle 55-grain 223 Rem., and Gold Medal Rifle 69-grain .223 Rem during the match and her practice sessions.

“This match was quite large. I saw many people observing, who want to try out the sport,” said Overland. “I want all those to know that competitive shooters love getting new people involved. If you’re looking to get into the sport, come and watch a local match! You can meet people and get started on the right path for gear and knowing what to expect.”

Also, during this match, several Team Federal sponsored shooters had top-15 finishes. Sean Burrows placed 8th in the 2×4 Optics Division. Tucker Schmidt placed 8th in the Open Division. Jake Latola placed 11th in the Optics Division.

“We congratulate Dakota and all members on Team Federal for a great match and representing Federal in such a big way,” said Federal Senior Manager of Marketing Brian Anderson. “Their enthusiasm and passion for the brand speaks volumes.”

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True Velocity Names Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

GARLAND, TX – True Velocity named aerospace and defense industry veteran Jim Stephens as its chief operating officer on Monday, rounding out the Texas-based technology company’s executive leadership team.

Stephens joins True Velocity following an 18-year career in operations management and business development leadership at a Fortune 200 corporation serving industrial, aerospace and defense customers. During the course of his previous tenure, Stephens led multiple business transformations, acquisition integrations and large program capture teams.

“We’re excited to round out our leadership with the addition of Jim as COO,” said True Velocity Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Boscamp. “Jim’s passion for team building and sustaining operational excellence will serve our company well in the years ahead.”

A 1995 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Stephens served as an Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army.

CCI Introduces a New Line of MeatEater Series Rimfire Ammunition

Friday, August 7th, 2020

LEWISTON, Idaho – July 30, 2020 – MeatEater’s Steven Rinella relies on high-quality rimfire ammunition to put small game on his plate. That’s why CCI partnered with this renowned conservationist, author and hunter on an exclusive new line of ammunition, featuring CCI’s proven Copper-22, Mini-Mag and Maxi-Mag loads. Shipments of these new products have begun to arrive at dealers.

Copper-22 is constructed from a unique mix of copper particles and polymer compressed into an accurate, potent, 21-grain hollow-point bullet. The time-tested and proven Mini-Mag 22 LR offers peak velocities, and a proven, accurate copper-plated hollow point bullet design. CCI Maxi-Mag is one of the most accurate and fastest 22 WMR cartridges on the market. Its jacketed hollow-point bullet design transfers tremendous energy to the target on impact. All loads feature clean-burning propellants and reliable CCI priming to ensure the most consistent ballistics.

“These three loads are what fills Steven Rinella’s freezer with small game,” said CCI Rimfire Product Director Rick Stoeckel. “His field-to-table lifestyle has made him a household name among hunters from all walks of life. We are very proud and excited to release this new line of special-edition rimfire ammunition to our customers and his fans.”

Features & Benefits
• The official rimfire ammunition of MeatEater
• Copper-22, Mini-Mag and Maxi-Mag loads with new packaging highlighting the partnership
• Accurate, reliable performance on small game and varmints
• Clean-burning propellants
• Reliable cycling
• Surefire CCI priming

Part No. / Description / MSRP / LINK

925CC / Copper-22 MeatEater 22 LR, 21-grain copper HP, 1,850 fps, 50-count / $10.99 

962ME / Mini-Mag MeatEater 22 LR, 36-grain CPHP, 1,260 fps, 300-count / $28.99

958ME / Maxi-Mag MeatEater 22 WMR, 40-grain JHP, 1,875 fps, 200-count / $59.99

CCI recently launched a new website which includes a fresh look and design, and a mobile-first approach to meet the needs of today’s consumer. Plus, the new site offers customers the ability to purchase select loads of CCI rimfire ammunition, Blazer handgun ammunition, branded merchandise and more direct from CCI. CCI’s online shopping cart features free shipping on orders of $99 or more. For full details, go to

Federal Launches Virtual Shows for Its Buy Group Partners and Distributors

Friday, August 7th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 7, 2020 – Federal developed a series of virtual sales shows to support its Buy Group customers. This effort is due to many of the industry’s sales shows being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting on August 10, and running throughout the month, Federal will launch four virtual Buy Group shows for its business partners. Each Buy Group will receive its own dedicated week to review the digital content through an online portal. At the end of the week, attendees will get their questions answered by Federal’s sales staff and product teams through live chats.

“Our distributors and retailers are hungry for information and product news. They need to hear from us and since we cannot be there in person we created our own virtual experience,” said Federal SVP Hunting & Shooting Sales Jim Bruno. “As a result, our efforts will benefit the end consumer because we will provide the latest and greatest products and information to be made available from our distribution customers who attend these virtual shows.”

New product videos with detailed information on features and benefits will be the focus of the shows. Other digital content that will be provided include: messages from Federal Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink and Senior Vice President of Sales Jim Bruno; examples of upcoming product advertising; trade marketing tools and displays; plus, pricing, terms and hot show specials for Buy Group members.

“We want attendees of our virtual shows to get the same access to assets that they would if they attended our booth at a physical show,” said Federal Events Director Michael Kinn. “During this challenging time, we needed to change our approach to how we do business, while still delivering everything our retail customers need to get our products in the hands of the end consumer. We know these virtual sales shows will deliver on that effort.”

New-for-2020 ammunition from Federal’s sister companies Speer and CCI will also be featured. Highlights include:

Federal Premium Terminal Ascent – Bonded construction penetrates deep, while the patented Slipstream polymer tip initiates expansion even at lower velocities and long range. AccuChannel groove technology improves accuracy and minimizes drag. Available in eleven of the most popular hunting cartridges and as component bullets.

Federal Premium Force X2 – Nine copper-plated 00 FX2 buckshot pellets split into two equal-size pieces on impact. Double the wound channels, improved energy transfer to the target, and less potential for over-penetration.

Speer Gold Dot Carry Gun – 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. Available in 9mm Luger 135-grain, 40 S&W 165-grain and 45 Auto +P 200-grain.

CCI MeatEater Series – CCI has partnered with MeatEater’s Steven Rinella on this exclusive new series of ammunition. CCI’s rimfire products available in this series includes Copper-22 22 LR 21-grain HP, Mini-Mag 22 LR, 36-grain CPHP and Maxi-Mag 22 WMR, 40-grain JHP.

Business customers and Buy Group members interested in more information on Federal’s virtual Buy Group shows should contact their Federal sales representative.

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True Velocity Delivers ‘Next Gen’ 6.8mm Ammunition to US Army

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

August 4, 2020 GARLAND, TX – True Velocity officials confirmed recently that the Texas-based technology company delivered more than 170,000 rounds of its 6.8mm TVCM lightweight ammunition to the U.S. Army in May as part of the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program.

“As a team, True Velocity is excited and proud to have delivered this significant order of next-generation ammunition to the Army in-full and on-time,” said True Velocity President Chris Tedford. “Our 6.8 TVCM composite-cased cartridge is capable of unprecedented ballistic performance, while simultaneously exceeding the Army’s expectations in terms of weight reduction.”

The U.S. Army down-selected True Velocity’s composite-cased ammunition in August 2019 for the NGSW modernization program. True Velocity submitted its 6.8mm composite-cased cartridge as part of an overall NGSW weapon system in partnership with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and firearm manufacturer Beretta.

True Velocity’s proprietary composite 6.8mm case design provides end users with significant logistical and operational advantages over metal-hybrid cases and traditional brass cases, including substantially increased effective range and muzzle energy, drastic reduction in cartridge weight and enhanced accuracy, regardless of weapon platform.

“True Velocity’s ammunition – and particularly our 6.8 TVCM cartridge – are changing the paradigm,” Tedford said. “It turns out you don’t have to operate at unsafe chamber pressures in order to generate increased velocity, enhanced terminal performance and improved accuracy. Our cartridge achieves all of these things, while maintaining safe operating pressures and drastically reducing the overall cartridge weight.”

The NGSW program is designed to provide the U.S. Army’s Close Combat Force with an enhanced 6.8mm cartridge replacement for the currently fielded 5.56x45mm round, as well as to replace the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon and the M4A1 with next-generation weapons.

RCBS 6mm ARC SB T/C Die Set Now Available

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – July 31, 2020 – RCBS, the leading manufacturer of ammunition reloading equipment for rifles and pistols, announced today that it has begun shipping the 6mm ARC SB T/C Die Set, a new addition to the AR Series Dies line for progressive reloaders.

The 6mm ARC SB T/C Die Set (#28007), is specially designed for the versatile 6mm ARC cartridge, which utilizes efficient, high ballistic coefficient (BC) bullets to deliver top performance from AR-15 rifles. Each set features a Small Base sizing die that sizes the case to slightly below minimum specifications to ensure each round chambers in an AR-style rifle, and a Taper Crimp seating die to put the correct crimp on the case. This combination helps make reloading easier for shooters and ensures the cartridge will rechamber properly.

“AR-15 fans are fired up about the versatility and performance of the 6mm ARC cartridge,” said Jason Slinkard, Director of Shooting Accessories for Vista Outdoor. “This die set is a great example of how we are always working to anticipate customer demand and bring new dies to the market as needed.”

All AR Series Dies carry the RCBS lifetime warranty. More information on the new 6mm ARC SB T/C Die set can be found here.

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