Hornady Practice 55gr Ammunition in .223, shot alongside Black Hills Mk262 for comparison. Test platform is a LaRue Tactical Stealth upper receiver atop an LMT lower receiver with Geissele SSA trigger group.
Demand for ammunition is as high as it has ever been, and in response, the big three have been cranking out cartridges as fast as they can. Many folks have reported a noticeable decline in quality control, noting function issues, or degradation in accuracy. Winchester “white box” and Federal XM bulk packs have been a staple of mine for training for a long time, and while quality has been generally pretty good overall, this seems to have been variable over the years. A while back, my good friend, Gunsite Instructor Giles Stock turned me onto a loading that Hornady had put together specifically for law enforcement agencies looking for high quality training ammunition at a reasonable cost. Continue reading
110gr and 208gr .300 Blackout loads with 5.56 M855 Green Tip in foreground.
When it comes to tacticool ninja stuff, the .300 Blackout cartridge is one spoken of in hushed tones. Even if we ignore its fabled use by Fox Force 5 and other velcro clad, tobacco chewing, bearded warriors, its conceptual benefits as an urban CQB cartridge are quite clear. The problem is, once we get away from the mystique, is adoption of the .300 Blackout a smart move for agencies and teams? Continue reading
We were on the range the other day doing some T&E work, and my partner was shooting his HK 416 from prone from 50 yards. I decided to be a smarty, and stepped up on the line beside him, and shot his target with my M&P .40. I was trying to hit where he was attempting to shoot a group at in an attempt to mess with him. Continue reading
It should not be a surprise to anyone that it is difficult to get consistent supplies of ammunition these days. Unfortunately, that means that the quality of what is being fed into our guns might be a bit (lot) lower than it has been for a while.
It has been several years since I’ve worked on a pistol that suffered a ka-boom. Last month, a personally owned Gen 3 Glock 22 came across my bench at work after one of those events. The owner had been firing frangible rounds from a commercial reloader. I ended up having to replace the internals in the slide. Continue reading
Let’s see what we have (embedded hot links for the curious):
· Smith & Wesson stainless “no-lock” L frame revolver, Model 686-4 (Distinguished Combat Magnum Plus, 7-shot round butt) in the 2.5 inch variation, circa 1996, one of the last with a hammer mounted firing pin
· Ammunition by Buffalo Bore, “Tactical Short Barrel Lower Recoil Low Flash” 158 gr. .357 Magnum JHP (other loadings available), brass by Starline, velocity > 1,000 fps
· Craig Spegel checkered extended boot grips
· · Lobo Gun Leather “Enhanced Pancake” holster, nice design, appearance, and fit, maker delivers reasonable price and turnaround time
Quality made in the U.S.A. products, making a highly concealable, versatile, capable, and reliable carry package. A carry package not commonly seen, but quite a serious contender and still formidable in 2013.
[Also pictured, not made in the U.S.A.: Quickstrip™ reload strip (8-shot, loaded to 6) by Tuff Products (maker/vendor of nifty, well thought-out specialty items)]
Not long ago, Colt introduced a new line of ammunition they call their “Hunting and Defense Match”, which is manufactured for them by the renowned ammunition company, Black Hills. Loaded to 5.56 NATO specifications, the 77 grain variant is essentially the Mk 262 Mod 1 Black Hills offering in a Colt box. It’s currently distributed by Midway USA and was in stock until recently. Let’s hope more comes in soon.
During some recent cleaning of the shop, I blundered into a few boxes of these archaic 9mm frangible rounds from the 90′s. Longbow was one of very few manufacturers offering frangible ammunition back in the 90′s, and this ammo looks quite primitive by modern standards. I shot the other boxes I found, and the totally square bullet profile actually fed 100% in my M&P. The primers did not all light off, typical for lead free primers and actually not bad for 20 year old ammo. In unearthing these ghosts of ammo past, it brought up a few important thoughts that readers should consider if using frangible ammunition. Continue reading
When you look around today in police holsters, we see a lot of plastic. Polymer pistols are the new norm. They offer a lot. Durability, weight reduction, increased mag capacities in some cases. This always has not been the case. The metal pistol ruled the scene for a while, before Gaston set the world afire. Continue reading
Finally getting ready to do some accuracy testing on the S&W M&P 10.
Not long ago, I purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P10 .308 rifle and my initial impressions of the gun were extremely positive. It features quite a few nice features, and the aggressive price point makes it an attractive addition to the market. Most importantly, the gun actually works well. I’ve been meaning to get to the range and do some accuracy testing, but other commitments got in the way (and I really hate zeroing optics.) Hornady was generous enough to send out a few boxes of their excellent 308 for the test, so look forward to an accuracy report here.
Cleaning handguns after heavy training can be tedious. Cleaning a weapon mounted light can be even worse. The above pistol had nearly 3,000 rounds through it in a foolish stunt to see if we could make it break. The gun got so hot at times that I had to rack the slide on my holster during reloads because I could not touch it with Oakley gloves on. I do not advocate abusing a modern service weapon in the way we did above at any time. But, sometimes during product development it is necessary. Continue reading
Atlanta Arms and 10-8 goodness.
Those who have been around the pistol competition circuit are already familiar with Atlanta Arms & Ammunition, but many who regularly practice on the range or in classes may not be familiar with this excellent company. Many of us at 10-8 regularly shoot this ammunition at matches and for practice and for good reason: the ammunition is clean, consistent, accurate, and reasonably priced.
Founded in 1976, Atlanta Arms and Ammunition has built its reputation on manufacturing first quality ammunition for competitors. Just a few shooters that use Atlanta Arms and Ammunition: the US Army Marksmanship Unit, Max Michel, Phil Strader, Rob Leatham, Jessie Duff, and the Glock Shooting Team.
Atlanta Arms offers a variety of loads appropriate for a variety of sports, matches, or training events. The ammunition is available as factory new, or factory remanufactured. We at 10-8 have shot quite a bit of the remanufactured ammunition and can attest to its quality and consistency. Take a look at their website and find the load that best suits your needs.