Ammo

Ammunition (colloquially shortened to ammo) is gunpowder and artillery, or broadly anything that can be used in combat including bombs, missiles, warheads, landmines, naval mines, and anti-personnel mines. The word comes from the French la munition which is all material used for war. The collective term for all types of ammunition is munitions.

Educational Zone #13 – Shooting & Cleaning Corrosive Ammo

Some of you younger shooters may have never even heard of “corrosive ammo”. Ammo made before around mid-1950 used primers with mercuric salts in the priming compound in the primers. Upon firing this ammo, these corrosive salts were deposited all inside the barrel of the weapon.If these salts were not removed, they would attract moisture and corrode (rust) the inside of the barrel. Swabbing the barrel with oil [...]

The Buick O’ Truth #1 – Windshields Inside/Out

People often wonder and debate about cars and how they react to being shot with various types of weapons and ammunition. The best way to find out the answer to those various car-related shooting questions is to actually shoot some cars. First, let’s consider a situation sometimes faced by police officers, military personnel and even civilians.Shooting inside of a vehicle. Can it be done? What happens when you [...]

Educational Zone #8 – 5.56 Military Ammo Accuracy

My friend Tman and I went to the range to test various types of 5.56 ammo.I used my DPMS Sweet Sixteen, with a 16 inch stainless heavy barrel, chrome bolt, Accuwedge, Leupold 6.5 X 20 X 50 scope, etc. It is a fine shooter as you will see in a moment.This is it. I fired 2 rounds to foul the barrel and then shot 8, five-shot groups, at 100 yards, as numbered below. There were no “called” flyers. Only one [...]

Educational Zone #6 – Cheap 9mm Ammo Accuracy

A few days ago, Tman and I found some Blazer 9mm ammo cheap at Academy. We shot it, but felt that it might not be as accurate as we thought other ammo was. But, instead of depending on “feelings”, we decided to conduct a test.We brought our handloads and three cheap brands of 9mm ammo to the range.We shot my Glock 34, off of bags, at around 35-40 feet. Why not further? Because these 56 and 63 year old eyes [...]

Educational Zone #5 – Solving Accuracy Problems with Handloading

Some of you may remember when I posted on AR15.com about finally finding and buying a clean 1917 Enfield. Mine is a great example of this weapon. I have seen many in museums that are not anywhere near as clean. The problem is that, like almost all examples of this rifle, the bore is pretty well shot. This rifle was manufactured and used during the days of corrosive primers, and the users usually didn’t wash the [...]

Educational Zone #2 – The Dreaded Doublefeed

The most dreaded of malfunctions.I am going to teach you how to Perform a Clearance Drill.I learned these techniques while attending Thunder Ranch. It is an excellent school and I would recommend it to anyone interested.First, let’s review the basic clearance drill… Tap, Rack, and Bang.When a pistol fails to fire, first you should…Tap.Hit the magazine with the palm of your support hand. Rack. Rack the [...]
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