Interesting Stuff

Attention AR Platform users:

A recent article in a popular gun magazine as well as videos on YouTube have noted that owners of AR type Modern Sporting Rifles should not use metal cased ammunition in their rifles.

There are a few reasons for this suggestion…

1. The metal case is ‘harder” than brass cases. The steel used in the manufacture of the ammunition can, over time, damage the chamber of the rifle.
2. The steel cased ammunition is coated with a type of “varnish” that could get soft and stick to the walls of the chamber, causing a failure to feed.

Modern Sporting Rifle owners are cautioned to use this type of ammunition sparingly until a sense of normalcy returns and brass cased ammunition is available.


Federal has switched from large pistol primers to small pistol primers, which are lead free, in their .45 ACP ammunition. The cases carry the notation of “NT” in the headstamp of the case. It is supposed to mean non-toxic.

Federal has chosen not to load .45 ACP brass with both sizes of primers – logical for them but a pain in the butt to reloaders. There is no difference in pressure or velocity when the same load was fired with either size flash hole or primer.

One important issue is that the NT primers are strongly crimped. This means that before you can reload them, the primer crimp must be removed by swaging or cutting.

The biggest issue is in trying to seat a large primer in a small primer hole. Remember- if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. The danger is in the primer being touched off if you try to force it into the case. This could result in the remaining primers, in the reloading tube or hand held priming tool, to detonate sympathetically really messing up your day.

The whole matter can be avoided by carefully sorting your cases when you start the reloading procedure.

Loading the 1911

Never load the chamber or place a snap cap in the chamber of a 1911 (or for that matter) any semi auto pistol by dropping a round or a snap cap into the chamber thru the ejection port and then closing the slide. This forces the extractor to snap over the rim of the case which could cause the extractor to chip or break clear thru.. The guns were designed to have the round or snap cap slide up the breech face and under the hook of the extractor.

The correct way to load the gun with either a live round or a snap cap is to place either of the two in a magazine, insert the magazine into the gun, rack the slide to chamber either the round or a snap cap, put the safety on, remove the magazine and top off with a live round if you are going to fire the gun. If you are storing the gun- pull the trigger on the snap cap to relieve the spring pressure. BE VERY CAREFUL TO POINT THE GUN IN A SAFE DIRECTION.



Immediate Action Required

ANOKA, MN 55303
PHONE 763.323.2300
Toll Free: 1-800-322-2342

Certain lots of recently manufactured 45 Auto ammunition may contain an incorrect propellant charge. Use of product from these lots may result in firearm damage and possible serious injury.


38X628 through 38X765
38T401 through 38T414

If you have in your possession any 45 Auto with the following brand names and part numbers, check to see if your ammunition package contains the above lots: American Eagle(r) (AE45A, AE45N1, or AE45A250), Champion(tm) (WM5233), GoldMedal(r) (GM45B), Hi-Shok(r) (45C, 45D) and Federal(r) Personal Defense(r) (C45C, C45D).


If you possess ammunition from any of these lots, or have questions concerning this warning, please contact us at 1-800-831-0850 or 1-800-322-2342 and ask for Product Service.

Federal will provide replacement product and will cover the cost of returning the affected product.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Clips and Magazines

Are you looking for an obsolete or scarce clip or magazine for an old rifle, shotgun or pistol?

Try looking up . Joe R. Lowe from Irving Texas, telephone # 972-986-8158 has a L O N G list of obsolete or scarce magazines for sale.

I had been looking for a LWSeecamp .25ACP magazine for about a year, with no luck. The pistol was only produced from 1980 to 1984. Joe had several available! They weren’t cheap but the addition of the two magazines greatly increased the value of the pistol.

I recommend that you take a look at his web site and give him a call.

Important Warning Regarding Lead Contamination

1. Lead is a heavy metal, and is known to cause health problems. Examples of heavy metals include mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), thallium (Tl), and lead (Pb). Refer to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry for more information.

2. Do Not pick up brass and place into your hat. Lead particles/residue can be absorbed through the pores of the skin on the head.

3. After leaving the range, wash hands, face, nose and mouth thoroughly with cold, soapy water. Extra washing and precautions must be taken with beards and mustaches.

4. Do Not ingest food, smoke, or chew tobacco while on the range, as lead residue on th hands may be ingested.

5. Handle lead bullets with caution (when reloading too). Copper jacketed or plated FMJ ammo reduces exposure to lead. Indoor range use of non-jacketed lead bullets is not recommended, due to creation of airborne lead particles.

6. Wash clothes, shoes, etc. and shower as soon as is practical after shooting. Wash thoroughly after loading also. The careful handling of lead products combined with thorough hygiene helps make a safe shooting experience.