Powerhouse .50 AE

.50 AE Desert Eagle

The .50 Action Express was introduced in 1988. The cartridge was designed by Evan Whildin, former vice-president of Action Arms. Whildin designed the cartridge as part of a program to boost the performance of the semi-auto pistol by creating a new cartridge design. Whildin developed the Action Express line to travel faster and fire hotter than standard forms of ammo. When testing was complete, Whildin released the line to the public. It included the .50 AE, a 9 mm and .41 caliber rounds. Although the smaller calibers never gained popularity, the .50 Action Express caught the attention of the firearms community. The ammunition is still available from several major manufacturers including CCI, Speer, Hornady, and IMI (imported by Magnum Research).

The .50 AE was destined to be used in the IMI Desert Eagle, a semi-automatic pistol imported by Magnum Research, Inc. The gun was already chambered for the .44 Magnum, and would only need a barrel change to use the .50 cal. The .50 AE features the same rim diameter and overall length as the .44 Magnum.

Ballistics

The .50 Action Express ammo is one of the most powerful pistol cartridges on the market. It has a .500-inch bullet diameter enclosed in a 1.285-inch straight-walled case with a rebated rim. SAAMI says the maximum pressure of .50 AE should not exceed 36,000 PSI.

Users report a significant recoil and muzzle blast. Many compare the recoil to the .44 Magnum.

The .50 AE uses a 325- grain bullet and offers a muzzle velocity of 1400 FPS. The 300-grain bullet has a muzzle velocity of 1400 FPS and offers 1414 ft-lbs of energy.

Types of .50 AE Ammo

The .50 AE cartridge is available in several bullet types, including jacketed hollow point (JHP), Bonded Jacketed Hollow Point (BJHP), soft point (SP) and Jacketed Soft Point (JSP).

JHP ammunition uses a lead bullet encased in a hard metal, typically copper. The bullet contains a hollow point, which allows the bullet to expand upon impact. Users choose JHP ammunition for personal protection, home defense, and game hunting.

Soft Points do the job although they offer less stopping power. It gives shooters a slower expansion and deeper penetration. Manufacturers use a soft lead projectile. As a result, hunters will use soft point bullets  in areas where JHP cartridges are restricted.

Popularity

Whildin had a contract with the Israeli military. The Israeli Military Industries (IMI) Magnum Research Desert Eagle uses the ammunition, however, it was not the first gun to use the round. The first firearm chambered in the .50 AE caliber was the Arcadia Machine and Tool Automag V, a semi-auto, single action pistol. The weapons is described as the most “ergonomic and lightweight” of big caliber handguns.

Usage

Shooters choose the .50 AE when they want maximum power. Users prefer the round for silhouette shooting and medium to large game hunting, suitable against large predators such as bears. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) categorizes the non-sporting round as a destructive device under its current regulations.

 

Law Enforcement Chooses .45 GAP Ammo

Florida Highway Patrol Chooses .45 GAP

Glock introduced .45 Glock Automatic Pistol (GAP) ammunition in 2003. It was the first cartridge manufactured by the Austrian firearms manufacturer. The ammo is a rimless, straight-walled round that shares the same bullet diameter of the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP). The diameter is .451 inch. The .45 GAP is housed in a .755-inch casing, the same length as a 9mm shell). The cartridge’s overall length is 1.070 inches.

The ammo is made with a big bore bullet and uses a small pistol primer. Its maximum pressure is 23,000 pounds psi. It is ideal for self-defense and concealed carry. The round is suitable for use by civilians, military and law enforcement. It is efficient, accurate, and reliable. Glock has supplied United States law enforcement with more handguns in the last twenty years than any other weapons manufacturer.

Development of the .45 GAP

Glock aimed to design a .45 cartridge for a compact handgun that didn’t have an oversized grip. The design would allow the weapon to be used for concealed carry. In 2003, Glock introduced the Glock 37. They collaborated with ammunition designer Ernest Durham, an engineer with CCI/Speer.

Glock told Speer what it needed in new ammunition. They wanted a .45 caliber bullet housed in a case no longer than the one used for a 9mm Parabellum or .40 S&W. They also requested a cartridge that could easily fit inside a grip similar to their Model 17 or 22 pistols. The size would ensure that the gun could be used by most shooters, regardless of the size of the user’s hand.

Speer delivered the cartridges. The finished product was created using bullets ranging from 165-grain to 230-grain. The .45 GAP ammo’s muzzle energy averages 400 to 500 foot-pounds (ft-lbs).

The Popularity of the .45 GAP

The public quickly embraced the .45 GAP. As a result, several firearms manufacturers made pistols to house the new ammo. The trend died down and eventually Glock and Bond Arms became the only companies to continue production.

Currently, Glock offers several pistols chambered in .45 GAP: Model 37 (full-size), 38 (compact), and 39 (sub-compact).

Some shooters falsely claim that the .45 ACP and .45 GAP are interchangeable. The extractor grooves are cut differently which makes the main difference. Additionally, the .45 GAP uses a small pistol primer whereas the .45 ACP uses a large pistol primer.

Law Enforcement

Glock’s biggest success with the .45 GAP has been with the law enforcement community. Several state law enforcement agencies use the Glock 37 with .45 GAP ammo as standard issue. The ammo has similar fire power and performance compared to the .45 ACP yet is more compact.

Many law enforcement agencies have switched from .45-caliber weapons in favor of guns chambered in 9x19mm and .40 S&W. Despite the trend, three state law enforcement agencies have chosen the .45 GAP as a replacement for their standard issue 9mm Parabellum (New York) or .40 S&W service weapons (Florida and South Carolina). Smaller law enforcement agencies have also chosen to use the Glock 37 and .45 GAP. They include the Burden, Kansas Police Department, Greenville, North Carolina Police Department, and the Berkeley, Missouri Police Department.

The Georgia State Patrol previously carried the Glock Model 37. It has replaced it with the fourth generation 9mm Glock 17. The South Carolina Highway Patrol also abandoned the Glock 37 in favor of the Glock 17 “M” also chambered in 9mm.

The Pennsylvania State Police used the Glock 37 from 2007-2013. Lack of ammunition caused the agency to adopt the fourth generation Glock 21 chambered in .45 ACP. The police experienced recall issues and switched to the SIG-Sauer P227 in .45 ACP.

Types of .45 GAP Ammo

Several ammunition manufacturers produce .45 GAP ammunition, but it’s not a popular round. Most shooters looking for bulk ammunition choose from full metal jacket (FMJ), total metal jacket (TMJ), or jacketed hollow point (JHP) rounds.

  • Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) ammo is a lead bullet enclosed in a metal, typically copper, casing. The casing helps the projectile maintain its shape from firing to impact at the target site. FMJ rounds are typically used for plinking and target shooting. They can also be used for self-defense purposes.
  • Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) ammo is like FMJ in that it uses a lead bullet sheathed in a harder metal. The lead bullet is exposed within the round’s casing, unlike the FMJ. TMJ bullets feature a projectile is encased in copper. The shooter’s exposure to lead is limited due to the cooper casing. Some indoor shooting ranges in the U.S. require this configuration.
  • Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) ammo also uses a lead bullet encased in copper, but this bullet has a hollow point in its center. The hollow point allows for greater expansion upon impact. The expansion creates a larger entrance wound while reducing the risk of over-penetration.

 

 

 

What Is A .22 Long Rifle?

The .22 Long Rifle is a rimfire cartridge that takes the top spot as the most common and popular cartridge in the world. While it’s not quite as readily available or inexpensive as it used to be, target shooters, small game hunters and competitive shooters have propelled it to become the standard cartridge for rifles. It is also the cartridge of choice for international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and other competitions including: Olympic precision Rifle and Pistol shooting, bullseye, biathlon, metallic silhouette, benchrest shooting, and pin shooting, as well as many youth events with the Boy Scouts of America, 4H, and Project Appleseed.

History of Rimfire Cartridges

Rimfire cartridges hold the distinct honor of being the oldest self-contained cartridge in existence. Originally made with copper casing, the bullet was the ideal for use in pistols and repeating rifles. Manufacturers chose copper casing due to the low cost and its malleability. This was less taxing on the weapon’s mechanisms, which often broke with larger caliber ammo.

The .22 LR first came on the scene in 1857 when Smith & Wesson developed it for their First Model, a spur-triggered revolver with a bottom-hinged barrel. The cartridge, loaded with 29-30 grain lead bullet with 4 grains of black powder, quickly caught the attention of shooters worldwide due to ease of use, portability, and economy. S&W had intended the .22 to be used for recreational use and competitive shooting but it soon became the choice of those wanting to carry small pistols for protection.

In 1871, the casing was extended to include an extra grain of black powder, renaming S&W’s offering .22 Short. In 1880, the cartridge morphed again when the Extra Long added yet another grain of powder, totaling 6 grains. The reduced accuracy caused shooters to shun the new cartridge which was eventually retooled in 1887 by the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company. The .22 LR was born.

Since that time manufacturers have continued to make improvements on the cartridge, seeking to improve its accuracy and velocity. It remains relatively inexpensive to produce and you can use it in an infinite number of handguns and rifles.

The .22 LR Today

Today’s .22 LR loads are divided into four categories, based on velocity:

  • Subsonic, including “target” or “match” loads: below 1100 fps (feet per second)
  • Standard-velocity: 1120–1135 fps
  • High-velocity: 1200–1310 fps
  • Hyper-velocity/Ultra-velocity: over 1400 feet fps

Some argue that the .22 LR doesn’t wield as much power as the larger bore cartridges. While this is true, its diversity, accuracy, and low recoil continue to increase its popularity. Experts claim that the cartridge shouldn’t game hunters or those looking to protect themselves shouldn’t use it. However, it has proven that it can and will do the job if the placement is accurate. In some cases,  law enforcement and the military used it due to its low noise and ease of portability. The .22 LR is great for sporting events, target practice, training, and pest control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Way to Store Ammunition

When boxes of ammo start to stack up in your closet, you want to make sure you’re storing it right. When exposed to certain elements, ammo can become damaged, and when you need it the most, it can fail. Yet when you store ammunition correctly, ammo can last a lifetime, if not longer.

Store your ammo properly with these simple tips.

Ammo Storage tip 1: Keep It Dry

To guarantee your ammo stays dry, consider keeping it in a new or used ammo can. Made from metal or plastic, a good ammo can has a rubber gasket that creates an airtight seal, keeping moist, humid air out and dry, cool air in. If you live somewhere with high levels of humidity (or even if you don’t), you should include a few moisture-absorbing packs in your ammo cans.

Ammo Storage Tip 2: Keep It Cool

When ammo gets too hot, it can impact the gunpowder’s chemical properties, so be sure to keep it away from extreme temperatures. Furnaces, wood burners, and even space heaters can cause temperature jumps, which are also important to avoid. While a 10-20 degree change over the course of year isn’t a big deal, 0-100 degrees can be, which means outdoor storage isn’t advisable in many areas of the country.

Ammo Storage Tip 3: Keep It Dark

Beyond cool and dry, keep your ammo in the dark, or at least away from the sun’s UV rays. Over time, the sun damages bullets in the same way it damages the metal on your vehicle. But if you store ammunition indoors in standard ammo cans (not clear plastic totes), it’s safe.

Ammo Storage Tip 4: Keep It Labeled

If you’re using multiple ammo cans, label the outside of each can with its contents. That way when you’re looking for ammo for a 9mm, you don’t keep opening ammo cans filled with .22 bulletsYou should also write the date on ammo boxes when you get them and rotate your stock. This guarantees you know what ammo is the oldest and use it first.

The History and Evolution of Ammunition

Gun ammunition manufacturers such as Winchester ammunition and others all have one common goal. To deliver the highest quality compatible bullets for their guns. A huge selection of pistols, rifles, shotguns and automatic weapons use small arms cartridges. Cartridges are better known as bullets. However, it actually refers to the projectile. If you want to get technical the correct terminology should be bullet, primer, case and propellant. The manufacturers make these components separately before assembling into a cartridge. Although there are specifications for size, ignition type, ballistic performance and shape you will find one-of-a-kind cartridges as well.

Pre-19th Century Guns

Prior to the 19th century you loaded guns by pouring powder into a barrel. Then you placed a greasy cloth patch around lead bullets. Lastly, you had to ram the bullet down the barrel. After all this, a flintlock produced a spark which ignited the powder and fired the bullet. You can see for yourself that this was a tedious process often resulting in inaccurate shooting. In the 1800s two men, an American named Hiram Berdan and an Englishman called Colonel Boxer developed a metal case incorporating the primer into the base of cases. This concept is the basis of all modern arms ammunition design until today.

Modern Day Bullets

Bullet manufacturers create today’s bullets out of lead alloy, mostly containing antimony and tin as components as well. Some have thick copper jackets for improved performance. They create cases from aluminum, steel, or brass, with brass being the common type. Most manufacturers make shotgun shells from polypropylene. The propellants vary from modern smokeless powder to black gunpowder. Each are meticulously formulated to ignite and create expanding gas which accelerates bullets down the barrel.

Firearm manufacturers determine the case manufacturing and design, but most use brass alloy for cases. They form cases from annealed sheeting using multiple punch and die sets. Most manufacturers will heat treat and stress relieve. This improves the durability of the cases. The manufacturers will always stamp the cartridge with important information such as manufacturer, caliber, and year of manufacture and munitions codes.

Manufacturers shoot their own cartridges as part or quality control process and programs and record consistency, velocity, reliability, pressure and accuracy. These weapons used by manufacturers are specifically made for this purpose and equipped with data gathering electronics, highly accurate and particular cartridge productions are given lot codes. This enables the tracing and inventory of ammunition in the field as this information as also on the ammunition box as well as the bullet itself.

Buying the Perfect Ammunition

Buying ammunition can be complicated. Many people who require to buy ammunition are very precise on their needs. There are those who use it for shooting in sports and in gun hunting while most buyers will want it for self-defense. A smaller caliber of people will also want to buy ammunition for the sake of gun accessory collecting as a hobby. Whichever way you look at it, there are basic guidelines that most buyers should to follow to have the perfect value for their purchases.

Buying Ammunition

With so many brands out there in the market, top brands are fighting for recognition in the market, making the choosing process even harder. The perfect ammo will have to provide reliable self-defense or value at an affordable cost. It is not desirable to have overpriced bullets.

Clients must also look for reliable manufacturers to supply them with their accessories. Ammunition is something that takes the trust of a brand, so buyers must be very careful. PMC Ammo is a good supplier. Poongsan Corporation makes this ammo, they are a top producer from South Korea. The company is ISO certified and was founded in 1968. The corporation does all their products from scratch, thus allowing them a bigger control of what they are actually giving to clients.

New Items vs. Refurbished Items

It is also good to buy brand new items as opposed to refurbished items. Refurbished ones tend to break down faster posing danger to the end user on many occasions. The ammunition must also be light duty, anywhere in the range of 135 to 180 grain. This enables all kinds of action to be done purely on a single round.

Some more desirable features include ammunition with a brass casing as opposed to the exposed lead. Lead is naturally corrosive and if you use it repeatedly it may reduce the life of your short gun. This is especially in the case of those constantly firing multiple bullets such as those in sport and those in hunting.

Finally the bullets should be able to withstand a muzzle velocity over 1200 feet per second to ensure perfect safety of the users. Weak bullets that rip off at the firing stage could have fatal accidents especially when the barrel of the gun is hot.

At the end of the day, your choice of ammunition must reflect what you truly stand for. People who constantly need to be self-defensive must get small pistols for discreteness. Those on hunting should look for longer barrels to enhance the accuracy of shot. The game only calls for you to be yourself and fight well.

Buying Wholesale Ammunition

Starting a business is not as easy it seems. Becoming your own boss can be extremely exhilarating and frightening both at the same time. It takes a lot of forethought and effort–from financing to marketing. However, one of the biggest questions people may struggle with is where they should actually purchase their merchandise they plan to sell. This is no different when it comes to starting your own gun shop. A lot of new businesses have gone out of business due to overspending on their stock. It takes strategic planning and comparison shopping to understand where to get the best deals.

One of the biggest ways to avoid overspending is to buy your ammunition from a wholesale company. Wholesale companies offer excellent prices due to the fact that their clients buy in bulk. Not only the larger stores benefit from these companies but the smaller stores do as well. If you have every wondered how this can be so here are a few of the main benefits to be had when you buy wholesale Lets discuss a few of the benefits to taking advantage of wholesale ammunition.

Lower Costs

Any small business owner can attest that profit margins are one of the important elements of smaller stores. By obtaining your stock through wholesalers you as the owner will pay much less for your stock. One of the biggest and most common misconceptions is that in order to purchase your stock wholesale, you have to be apart of a large, chain store. This is far from the truth. The only rule that most wholesalers follow is that the stock has to be purchased in specific amounts; they usually don’t sell single products or significantly low numbers of certain items.

It Makes Things Easier

When you start to purchase your ammunition wholesale, you will realize how much time you save. This is essentially a one stop shop transaction. You no longer have to worry about all the hassle of sourcing your merchandise from various different places. Most of the large wholesale companies will offer multiple lines of a product and from several different manufacturers. You shopping becomes less tedious and you can focus more on other aspects of your business.

A Larger Selection Sometimes it can be hard to call around from store to store to find the exact item you’re looking for. As it was mentioned previously, when you purchase you stock from a wholesale company, you have access to a lot more options. These stores offer you the benefit of variety. You will not be restricted to just one or two choices for a specific kind of product.

The Ability To Negotiate

One of the major benefits to buying your wholesale ammunition, is that you have the luxury of negotiating the prices. If you become a consistent customer who has established a good relationship with the owner, you are more likely to be able to haggle with him or her for a better deal. This is a scenario in which every party wins. This wholesaler benefits from getting a consistent stream of orders from your store and you as the store owner are getting the opportunity to save a little money.

Wholesale Ammunition Delivery Services

Store owners typically purchase a van or truck and hire someone to pick up all of their goods once they have purchased them from the wholesalers. However, there are several wholesalers who are willing to provide customers with a delivery service. Of course, store owners are expected to pay a certain fee for this service, but it usually equals much less than it would if the merchant decided to collect the good on their own.

As you can see, there are several benefits to buying your ammunition from a wholesale company. You costs will be much lower, there is a huge range of merchandise that you will be able to choose from and lucrative deals can be negotiated with the wholesaler from which you are purchasing the ammunition. So, if you are interested in owning your own gun shop and would like to know the best way to go about purchasing your merchandise, try buying wholesale.

The Best Websites to Buy Ammo Online

Did you know that you can safely and confidently buy ammo online? Well, there are numerous sites that offer the most popular calibers of ammunition, ranging from the 9mm to 223 and other most sought brands.

Through an online platform, you can find a wide variety of handgun rounds, shot gun, and riffle ammo for sale. Most websites that sell ammo online offer great deals, including discounts that can always please you.

Thus, if you’re looking for a great selection of ammunition, never hesitate. Just go to an online marketing platform and experience the happiest shooting and shopping.

But how can you know such websites?

Well, you can try using the wall-mart smartphone app to check your local store’s stock. Usually, you’re sure to get ammo of your choice once you get there.

There’s also another great website called Ammo-Can.net which displays the ammo inventory of Wall-marts worldwide. The best time to shop for the ammo is in the mornings. Remember, the demand is high, so if you delay you may not find anything left in the stores.

These days, you really need to be on top of your game. Ideally, you have to be truly quick with your credit card in hopes to get anything valuable online.

Moreover, the best strategy to find the best ammo online is to use online ammo search engines such as GunBot.net or AmmoEngine.com. Usually, they burnish all the various online retailers and display their individual ammo inventories, plus their real-time prices too.

Best online ammo sources

To help you find ammo of your choice online, I’ve compiled the list of online retailers that sell good ammunition. Many of these retailers are constantly getting new shipments of fresh ammo in their stock all the time.

However, if you really need to get the best deals, you need to check back very often. Alternatively, you can choose to sign up for email notifications for their new products (or a product of your choice), especially if their shopping cart has that particular feature.

Here’s a list of some popular online retailers that sell various types of ammo.

Lucky Gunner.com

Lucky Gunner is an incredible online retailer that carries different types of ammo for sale. It offers in stock cheap ammunition-110% discount guaranteed.

Therefore, whether you’re looking for a handgun, rifle ammo, shotgun ammo, or rim fire ammo, here’s the best place on the internet to get it all. They are also ready for shipping.

Alamoammo.com

Alamo ammo is an online firm based in San Antonio Texas. It’s a great online ammunition store that stocks thousands of new factory ammo, military ammo, law enforcement ammo, and any other hard to find ammo.

Indeed, Alamo ammo is the best source of all your ammunition needs, whether you’re looking for handgun cartridges, shotgun ammo, shotgun slugs, and the rest. Everything is there right in the store.

Moreover, they have commendable shipping deals that will always make you smile. Everything is simple to find online through a simple ‘search button’. They have quick and easy menu that makes it very simple and hassle free to shop online. You can always decide to shop by brand, caliber, grain weight, bullet type, number of rounds etc.

You simply filter your selection by what you need, whether you need best rated ammo, grain weight or brand name. There prices are extremely affordable too. Shop here and be able to save lots of cash!

Bulkammo.com

Bulkammo.com is a perfect website for those looking for bulk ammunition. They offer incredible deals to those serious shooters for bulk handgun ammo, bulk shotgun ammo, bulk rifle ammo, and bulk rimfire ammo.

Consequently, if you are really serious about getting your bulk ammunition, then don’t hesitate to visit bulk ammo for sale online. It’s a creditable site worth giving a try.

JGsales.com

Another remarkable website that carries all types of ammunition is the JGsales.com. They’ve almost everything, including wolf ammo, Sellier & Belliot ammo, military surplus, TulaAmmo, Bear ammo, hunting ammunition, and bulk ammunition. JG Sales is truly your federal ammunition wholesaler.

JGsales.com has been in the business since 1946. Hence, they constantly provide their clients with highest quality firearms at very affordable prices. It’s such an incredible website for all your ammunition needs.

SGAmmo.com

SGAmmo.com is your number one source of the highest quality and lowest priced ammo for sale online. Their business is always dedicated to the client satisfaction, high quality products and expeditious shipping.

With SGAmmo.com, you’re always guaranteed quick shipping time of between 1 to 3 days. They stock one of the best selections of high quality bulk pistol ammo, bulk rifle ammo, bulk shotgun ammo, personal protection, law enforcement and many more brands.

SGAmmo.com sells their products at extremely affordable prices. This ensures that you always keep your shooting affordable. It’s also dedicated to being the leading website for buying ammunitions online with remarkably reasonable prices and expeditious processing and delivery of all their customers’ order. SGAmmo.com is indeed the best website to purchase your ammo online.