Congrats to them ūüéāūü•≥.¬† I love this type of vid:

Interesting to hear the history and see some of the old pictures.

0:47 РThat is a lot of different buildings for one company.  700,000+ sq ft. of manufacturing space!

0:55 – “More than 1400 employees keep the factory running 24/7, producing millions of rounds per day” ūüė≤ FLEX.

I knew ammo companies like Federal were big.. but after seeing the vid I’m even more in awe.

Federal is publicly traded on the NYSE under the ticker VSTO (Vista Outdoor Inc.,) the company that owns them.¬† Like most stocks this year to date, they have taken around a 30% haircut.¬† It’s still up several hundred percent over the last couple years though… you love to see it.


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Long but fairly interesting:

I saw the Mythbusters episode on ammunition in a fire… SAMMI got similar results. ¬†Basically it’s not that dangerous if the round isn’t chambered… you wouldn’t want to have your face right next to it though.

Someone in the comments mentioned they should have done a drop test with .22 LR.  Yea no shit!

7:55 – Do a lot of people you know own blasting caps? ¬†I don’t know anyone that has any.

10:10 – I always wondered what would happen if I ran over my ammo with one of my many bulldozers.

12:27 – 28,000 rounds being lit on fire NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo

It’s funny how they use actually real people (firefighters) for a lot of the tests to prove that the exploding ammunition wasn’t dangerous. ¬†If you’re testing something, doesn’t that already mean you’re not 100% sure on the outcome, and you hope to find the answer? ¬†I’m sure a mannequin with some sensors would have done the trick for some of the tests, or at least better protection on the fire fighters.


Hat tip: Russell


Three separate incidents in NYC this week:

A Tennessee tourist who says she unwittingly broke New York’s weapons laws¬†by visiting¬†the 9/11 memorial with a loaded gun — legal in her home state¬†— faces¬†3 1/2 years behind bars¬†for the error, which came to light when she asked guards where she could store her weapon while touring the memorial.

Full Story – L.A. Times

A former U.S. Marine Ryan Jerome, 28, was charged with criminal possession of his .45-caliber Ruger while visiting the famous New York landmark during a September vacation with his girlfriend. Jerome has a license to carry the weapon from his home state of Indiana, but New Yorks state gun laws do not recognize out-of-state permits.

Full Story – CNN

A Virginia man claimed to be a Navy SEAL to talk his way out of a gun possession arrest on Thursday, and the New York Police Department committed him to a psych ward thinking his claims of elite military status were the rantings of a lunatic.

Full Story – Yahoo

Now I know what some of your are thinking:  How stupid are those first two people?  They actually thought that carrying a firearm would be allowed at either of those locations in a post 9/11 world?   Part of me agrees, but the other part realizes how ridiculous the whole state permit system with differing reciprocity is.

Firearms law in general is very convoluted. ¬† Throw in the fact that some laws blanket every state at the federal level, and yet others are made state to state, and on top of that rules often change when leaving your home state… and you got a real mess. ¬† What I would like to see is unrestricted carry of any type being passed by the federal government.¬† That would completely eliminate the chance of doing time for a simple misunderstanding¬†, but I realize that is most likely wishful thinking. ¬†I say this time and time again, but here it goes once more… criminals do not care what the law says, they will carry a gun if they want to carry one. ¬†Restricting carry and throwing tourists in jail because of a misunderstanding does nothing to make the world a better place.

How would you solve this problem?

Hat tip: Steven, Frank, McKay


Shooters can now blast clay pigeons for a cause. Federal¬ģ Ammunition’s special edition Top Gun¬ģ Target loads support finding a cure for breast cancer. These distinctive pink hulls are an effective hunting and shooting practice option or a solid load for shooting competitions. A portion of the sales of this product will go directly to the search for a cure. The new 12-gauge 2-3/4-inch #8 shotshells deliver consistent performance for all types of clay target shooting.

Come on Federal… what’s the “portion”? There’s been one too many “Boot SCAMpaign” type chairty things in the mix to make my needing to know that number a requirement.

Regardless of the percentage, in this particular case even if its 1%… if you need shotgun ammo you might as well get this pink stuff because it will still go bang the same and help a good cause.


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  • A similar comparison with Winchester Ranger ammo – HERE

Safe to say that whether you pick Federal or Winchester the¬†bad guy’s¬†wound is going to be messy.


Brock Lesnar is a UFC fighter and a spokesperson for Federal Ammunition.

He’s fighting Cain Velasquez in Anaheim CA for UFC 121 on Saturday October 23.