Tulammo 40 S&W Ammo Review

Tula Cartridge Works
Tula Cartridge Works is a Russian ammunition manufacturer marketing under the well know name of Tulammo. Tula Cartridge Works has been manufacturing small arms ammunition for over 125 years and is currently the largest small arms supplier worldwide.Contrary to popular belief, Tula Cartridge Works is a “high tech” manufacturing plant and produces low tolerance ammunition.

Tulammo Steel Cased Ammo
Tulammo 40 S&W ammo is polymer coated steel cased ammunition designed for target or combat type scenarios. The steel cases are mild steel and relatively “soft”. They will not damage the chamber or any part of a firearm. The polymer coating prevents corrosion and assists with smooth feeding and extraction. The bullets are full metal jacket of either full copper or bimetal. The bimetal bullets are layers of mild steel and copper. The 40 S&W ammunition is loaded with 180 grain FMJ to a velocity of 990 fps. The retail price is $15.25 per box of 50 rounds.



There is a lot of controversy regarding steel cased ammo. People think it’s the same steel as in gun barrels. It is NOT. It is mild steel that has been annealed or softened via heating. It has to be soft in order to expand upon firing to seal the chamber otherwise gas would rush out the action of the firearm. Steel cased ammo will not harm chambers/barrels.

Bimetal bullets are manufactured from mild steel and copper. The two metals are layered to form the jacket. Bimetal bullets will not harm gun barrels but may wear them slightly faster than copper jacketed bullets. There is increased friction with bimetal bullets compared to copper. The friction increases the heat which causes more wear on the gun barrel. The hotter a gun barrel gets the faster it will wear out.

Tulammo Tolerances
To give you an idea of the precision that Tula Cartridge Works works with, I weighed 20 or the 50 rounds on a digital powder scale to determine the weight variance. If the variance is great, I would expect the ammo to not group well and therefore not precision made. Lower variances are a good sign of high quality precision ammo.

Here are the stats:

Average Weight – 248.085 grains
Lowest Weight – 245.60 grains
Highest Weight – 250.80 grains
Max Variance – 5.2 grains
Avg Variance – 2.485 grains

The Tulammo data is very good. It’s actually better than most brands of ammo like Winchester, Blazer and PMC. A maximum weight variance of 5 grains is excellent. That’s only 2% variance at a maximum. That’s very small. This shows that the components are low tolerance and excellent quality. I have loaded ammunition where the bullets alone varied 2-3 grains and that’s only one of the 4 components. Powder charges can vary .5 grains also and the brass a few grains also.

Tulammo at the Range
Now for the ammo testing. I’m using my Hi Point 4095 TS carbine to test the accuracy and reliability of the Tulammo 40 S&W ammo. I’m not using any optical sights, only the stock peep sights that come with every Hi Point 4095 carbine. I’m shooting at an indoor range without a gun rest. The Tulammo ammo is shot from a standing position and at a range of 15 yards.

The Tulammo ammo is steel cased with a polymer coating. The polymer coating’s purpose is to prevent corrosion and assist with feeding and ejection. The steels cases are less than slippery at best. When I started loading rounds into the Hi Point 10 round magazine there was some resistance, more than with brass cases. But it was not excessive. Just noticeable.



I fired all 10 rounds into the target staged at 15 yards. I used a semi rapid fire to simulate a self defense/combat scenario. I fired 10 rounds in about 10 seconds. 10 trigger pulls and 10 holes in the target. 100% reliability so far. I pulled the target and found 10 holes in about a 2” circle. That’s definitely a “kill zone” for a human target. This ammo does not lack accuracy.

I staged another target out at 15 yards to test the rest of the ammo. I fired the remaining 40 rounds at a semi rapid rate without any malfunctions. The empties fell several feet from me. Ejection was robust and showed no signs of a problem with steel cases. I picked up several spent cases to examine them. They were clean with no real powder residue on the outside of the case.
I have heard people say that Russian ammo or Tulammo is dirty. I have seen no evidence of that with this lot. All 40 rounds went into a 2.5” circle with the exception of 2 fliers which I caused.



Tualmmo is inexpensive quality ammo designed for target practice. It functioned 100% in my Hi Point 4095 carbine and my Glock 22 but it may not perform as well in other guns. People think if ammunition does not function 100% in a gun, then the ammunition is poor or crap. This is not true. Not all ammunition functions 100% in all firearms. I have experienced failures with very expensive ammunition.

Tulammo accuracy is as good as any when you consider the ranges that handguns are used at.. 10-15 yards. I have shot many brands of ammo and Tulammo stands up to the best of them. I can shoot 2” groups from 15 yards all day long with Tulammo. It’s accurate and reliable in my guns.

Kevin Mazza is a NRA member, experienced hunter, shooter and reloader and has written hundreds of firearm related articles and reviews. Kevin is the owner and editor of Pellet Guns 1.com.

Paracord For The Gun Lover



I have to say that BearArms Bracelets are a pretty neat twist on the standard paracord as they give a nod to the 2nd Amendment. They are very well manufactured, look great, and feel great. I have nothing but good things to say about the product and the manufacturer.

As a token of appreciation, I will be giving away one BearArms Paracord Bracelet to someone that leaves a comment on this post. Ensure to leave a valid email address (will not be shown publicly or used for any other purpose than contest notification) so that I may contact you on how to get your prize delivered. The deadline for contest entry is July 31, 2015 and a winner will be selected August 1, 2015.



Press release from the manufacturer:
It all started from a single man’s one bedroom apartment in Louisville, Kentucky back in February 2014. Fast forward and here we are now, a little over a year later and Mr. Sean Ramsey has had over 1500 transaction on his website, making approximately 3000 of his unique and exclusive BearArms Bullet Bracelets. The kicker is very minimal advertising was used and 95% of it came from Instagram posts.

Mr. Ramsey BearArms Bracelets are individually handmade by him one at a time. The bands are made with nylon rope, known for its durability, and are flexible and conform easily to the wrist, allowing for a tight fit. The bands are then paired with recycled shell casings in various different calibers. Some of the choices are, .22 Long Rifle, .380ACP, 9mm Luger, .40 Smith and Wesson and .45ACP. With over 50 colors and patterns available, the bracelets can be easily customized to the wearer’s preferences including specific ones representing the different branches of the United States Armed Forces.

These exclusive pieces of bullet casing jewelry came to fruition back in the beginning of 2014 as a way to allow people to express themselves in new, unconventional ways, and grew into something more. With the Second Amendment in mind, BearArms Bracelets founder Sean Ramsey sought to make a statement by developing these unique trinkets.

“I honestly didn’t think my bracelets would be this sought after. I just made a couple and posted a few pictures of them up on Instagram and they’ve taken off since then. I just wanted to make a symbol for people who believe passionately in Second Amendment rights, and I’m just happy to have been able to compact these views and freedoms that are important to millions of others, as well as myself into a beautiful piece of jewelry anyone would be proud to place upon their wrist.” says Ramsey.

The bullet bracelets are also a beautiful sentiment to show support and respect to a family member or friend who is an active servicemen/woman, in the reserves, retired and/or no longer with us. “In my opinion I just don’t think these heroes get the recognition they deserve and it makes my day each time I get an email from a soldier or their family member thanking me for what I am doing.” Ramsey stated.

Mr. Ramsey also donates a portion of the proceeds to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Ramsey’s ultimate goal is to make them available in care packages to be sent to military troops overseas and their families.

A short video featuring Mr. Ramsey giving back to those that serve:

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Gear Review: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0

FNH - FNX 9 Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster

FNH – FNX 9 Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster

I have had the opportunity to test out the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 holster recently. The specific model as tested was a left handed model for a FNH FNX-9.

The following video from the manufacturer details out the particulars of this holster:

The fit and finish was immaculate. Clips were strong without being overly stiff that would hamper attaching or removing from the belt. Customization with regards to cant, height, and retention was easy to achieve. The leather backing was exceptionally smooth to the touch and felt great against the skin. The holster held on tightly to the gun, but yet allowed for easy removal when desired.

The staff at Alien Gear were an absolute pleasure to work with. See below for just a few examples of their exemplary customer service:

30 Day Test Drive
You are not just going to like your new Alien Gear Holster – you’re going to love it. Guaranteed. Wear it for a month and if you don’t agree that it’s the most comfortable and concealable handgun holster you’ve ever owned we’ll buy it back. No questions asked, no hard feelings.

Free Shell Trades For Life
If you ever decide to carry a different handgun, we will trade your plastic shell to match your new gun. You may make unlimited trades as long as you own your Alien Gear Holster.

Forever Warranty
If any part of your Alien Gear Holster ever breaks for any reason, including the clips, we’ll repair or replace it for free.

I have no qualms or reservations with recommending this holster to anyone. It completely lives up to the manufacturer’s claims. Find one for your firearm — I am confident that you will not regret it.

Sightmark Night Raider Night Vision 2.5×50 Riflescope Review

Sightmark Night Raider Night Vision 2.5x50 Riflescope

Sightmark Night Raider Night Vision 2.5×50 Riflescope

I was able to take a few Sightmark demo products out for testing this past weekend. Of them, the Night Raider 2.5×50 night vision riflescope stood out the most. It is designed for short to medium range shooting for calibers up to 7.62/.308. The main body is made of titanium which helps reduce the overall weight (a few parts, like the battery cover, are made of hard plastic). For those not accustomed to night vision scopes, the Night Raider 2.5×50 may seem a bit hefty on your rifle, weighing in at 38.2 oz. on our scale (with batteries installed).

The controls all feel solid with appropriate resistance with the exception of the reticle brightness knob. It adjusted a little too easily for my liking and felt like it could get accidentally adjusted; but does allow for precise brightness control. The objective focus knob is located in front of the power switch and clicks in a way similar to windage and elevation adjustments. There is an extra solid detent marked 100 m which is easily felt and useful for rough range estimation. The power switch has three position options: off, on, and on with IR illumination. A three button remote is also included (power, IR, and “quick start”) that provides operating convenience. There are also two Velcro strips with adhesive that allow you to quickly secure the remote as desired. The remote cord is somewhat tricky to attach to the scope, but is very secure once screwed in. The provided lens cover has a pinhole allowing the scope to be tested or sighted in daylight type conditions and is secured by a rubber fastener. The design of the fastener makes removing or securing the lens cover a bit slow but also ensures it won’t accidentally fall off.

The image is clear for an entry level Gen 1 scope, especially when the IR illuminator is on and within its effective range. There is barrel distortion on the edges, but it is less noticeable than with many Gen 1 devices. I tested on clear moonless night making the IR illuminator necessary in order to see much detail beyond 20 yards. The IR beam width can be adjusted by twisting the lens ring, however, adjusting the beam had little impact on effective range. A human form could easily be detected at approximately 150 yards with the illuminator turned on, so I’d recommend using an additional illuminator for any range beyond 150 yards on dark nights. It is important to note that the integrated illuminator outputs some red light in the visual spectrum. If you point it directly at someone, it is easily seen making it possible to give away your position with it turned on.

Overall, the Night Raider is a solid entry level Gen 1 option for those wanting night vision capability at a reasonable cost. For those looking for a step up, the Sightmark Night Raider line of scopes are also available with improved internal components sold under the Pulsar Night Vision brand name as the Pulsar Sentinal GS and Pulsar Sentinal G2.

Adam Alm is a night vision and outdoor enthusiast. A former Air Force fighter pilot, Adam gained night vision experience in combat missions and, more recently, with commercial night vision products. Originally from state of Washington, he now owns and operates ViperEyes.com with his wife Lindsay.

FNX-9 Review



Short version:
I think I may have a new favorite gun.

Long version:
The local high school that I graduated from way back in 1995 ran a gun raffle to support the football team. Monday evening I got a call to notify me that I was one of the 52 winners. I stopped by the gun store (conveniently right across the street from the high school) Wednesday afternoon. The gun I won from the raffle was a Kahr Arms MK9. I already have a similar pistol, so decided to use the value of the Kahr towards another gun: the FNX-9, manufactured by FNH USA.

Wednesday evening, I played around with the gun to get a feel for the trigger and handling. All felt great and I really liked it. Popped in the Laser Ammo and was very surprised at how well the gun pointed and how nice the trigger was. My wife said I was like a kid with a new toy. Guilty as charged.

Angry Birds Targets

Angry Birds Targets

My four year old son has a bunch of Angry Bird stickers on one wall that I used as targets. I was able to reliably hit the birds and pigs. There were a few that were difficult but in under 3 tries I was able to hit even the smallest of them. The stickers ranged from 5.5″ (red bird near the king pig) to 1.25″ (white bird all the way on the far right) in size. Measured out the distance to the stickers, and the green helmet wearing pig on the far left was 23 feet from where I stood, while the small white bird on the far right was 34 feet from me.

I test fired this afternoon the FNX-9 today.

Trigger has a little bit of take-up, but it is a very clean break. No stacking or grittiness noticeable.

Recoil is very soft, with minimal muzzle rise. The recoil spring is a captive one (meaning it is permanently attached to the guide rod) and must be stiff because it really dampens the recoil. I need to take them side by side but I believe that the FNX-9 may have less recoil than the Beretta 92FS.

The third round did not feed properly. The tip was angled up a bit. I hit the magazine release and pulled the mag, ejected the round and put it back in to the magazine. Re-inserted the magazine and racked the slide and proceeded to fire the remainder of the magazine (15 rounds) without issue. I blame the third round not feeding on the stiffness of the magazine spring. When loading the magazine for the first time, it was extremely difficult after loading the fourteenth round. Number seventeen was almost impossible. I felt it in my thumb for a couple of hours afterward. Upon reloading the magazine today the amount of force needed to load the magazine fully was considerably less. I did not have to exert any undue pressure, even on round seventeen.

Shots hit right where they were aimed, as to be expected. The gun is capable of accuracy greater than my ability to shoot.

Brass reliably ejected in an area roughly 8-12 inches in diameter. Two brass casings did not end up in the pile with the rest.