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.

 

 

Conclusion
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.

Swift Action on Social Security Gun Grab

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today lauded Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, for his swift action urging the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop developing a system to enter social security beneficiaries into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is the Obama administration’s latest effort to deny millions of Americans their Second Amendment rights without due process.

“If left to their own devices, President Obama’s Social Security Administration would be free to implement the largest gun grab in American history,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA. “The NRA appreciates Chairman Johnson’s swift action to put a halt to this outrageous scheme that would deny millions of Americans a fundamental constitutional right because they need or want help managing their finances.”

According to a published news report, the SSA is considering a policy to provide the names of social security and disability beneficiaries who have a “representative payee” to the NICS. Once entered into the NICS, a person loses their Second Amendment rights and is prohibited from possessing or owning a firearm. If implemented as reported, this would instantly deny more than four million Americans their Second Amendment rights based on their willingness or ability to manage their finances.

“The Obama administration will stop at nothing to strip as many people as possible of their Second Amendment rights,” Cox said. “The NRA will employ all means available to prevent the implementation of such a widespread injustice.”

Read the rest of the article: https://www.nraila.org/articles/20150721/nra-applauds-congressman-johnson-for-swift-action-on-social-security-gun-grab

Managing The Trigger

One of the best things about my life is how I’ve cultivated so many great friends. Those friends enrich my life, and it’s a pleasure when I get the opportunity to do something nice for them. This week, Mitch Dawkins, whose dad shot on my rifle team when he was a teenager, called about a shooting lesson for his new bride, Megan. Megan is preparing for a career in law enforcement and Mitch wanted me to give her a pistol lesson.

They showed up in the afternoon with their gear, and I asked Megan how much instruction she’d had. As an answer, she showed me a piece of paper her instructor had given her. It was a copied story I’d written about a trip to Gunsite in Paulden, Arizona. Inspite of my years of competition shooting and teaching, I’ve continued to learn, and I like to share what I learn. I was relating my experiences at a writer test of the a then-new Pro Custom line of competition pistols. There are a few aspects of shooting a pistol that are critical to getting a good shot. Grip is certainly important, both in shooting accurately and quickly. Sight picture is obviously important, but the biggest impediment for most shooters is trigger management. No matter what you’re shooting, you won’t shoot well if you don’t manage the trigger properly. We’ve all heard that you squeeze the trigger and don’t jerk it, but sometimes just being told a simple fact doesn’t make a mental connection.

An accurate shot requires that the trigger be activated without moving the gun off target. On first thought, this seems easy. It would appear that all the shooter has to do is to make the gun go off with the trigger finger while not disturbing the aim with hand movement. This is a part of the equation in extreme accuracy shots, but close distance shooting doesn’t require this much precision. Many pistol shooters have trouble keeping their shots in a four inch circle at just five yards. How could this happen?

Read the rest of the article: http://blog.beretta.com/managing-the-trigger

No Right To Bear Arms?

At least that’s what Newsweek thinks…

Those of the First Congress would tell a different story:

During the debates on the adoption of the Constitution, its opponents repeatedly charged that the Constitution as drafted would open the way to tyranny by the central government. Fresh in their minds was the memory of the British violation of civil rights before and during the Revolution. They demanded a “bill of rights” that would spell out the immunities of individual citizens. Several state conventions in their formal ratification of the Constitution asked for such amendments; others ratified the Constitution with the understanding that the amendments would be offered.

On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of the United States therefore proposed to the state legislatures 12 amendments to the Constitution that met arguments most frequently advanced against it. The first two proposed amendments, which concerned the number of constituents for each Representative and the compensation of Congressmen, were not ratified. Articles 3 to 12, however, ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures, constitute the first 10 amendments of the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

December 15, 1791

Article I
After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than one hundred representatives, nor less than one representative for every forty thousand persons, until the number of representatives shall amount to two hundred; after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall be not less than two hundred representatives, nor more than one representative for every fifty thousand persons.

Article II
No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Article III
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Article IV
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Article V
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Article VI
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Article VII
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Article VIII
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Article IX
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Article X
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Article XI
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Article XII
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Gun Shop Owner Announces ‘Extreme Changes’ in Wake of Chattanooga, Declares Store ‘Muslim-Free Zone’

My buddy Andy made both The Blaze and the Drudge Report this morning. I believe he is going to be on both CNN and ABC later today.

A Florida gun shop owner announced on Facebook Saturday that he will no longer sell or serve to the Muslim community.

Florida Gun Supply owner Andy Hallinan said in a video uploaded to the social media platform that the “extreme changes” were made because of his “moral” duty to his country.

“Now, I have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all patriots in my community,” Hallinan said in front of a Confederate flag. “And so effective immediately I’m declaring Florida Gun Supply a Muslim-free zone. I will not arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”

Read the rest of the article: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/07/21/gun-shop-owner-announces-extreme-changes-in-wake-of-chattanooga-declares-store-muslim-free-zone/