Fun with M9A1 and plastic ammo

Discussion in 'Ammunition and Reloading' started by Syntax360, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Syntax360

    Syntax360 Premium Member

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    I don't know if any of you guys have seen the blue plastic 9mm ammo available from thesportsmanguide.com, but I just received 550 rounds of it today and I figured I'd share. It was 550rnds/$30 shipped. I read over on sigforum about how a few guys had setup ghetto backstops in their houses and use the stuff to practice, but after firing a few off today, I think that'd be a little nuts. I took one apart and it appears to be just primer and a plastic bullet, and they claim like 1325fps. When I first shot one I was really suprised how loud it was - just about the same volume I'd expect from a "real" standard pressure 9mm. I havn't gotten to test them at any distance yet, so perhaps I'll post a follow-up next time I go to the range. Also, I'm gonna be careful where I keep them, because I'm thinking it wouldn't be too hard for someone to mistake these things for a pachmayr snap cap 8-O. They don't pack enough punch to blow the slide back, but they're definitely fun and I definitely wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of one. Cool new toy.
     
  2. Sound25

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    hey, can you post the actual website thread for that ammo? I have been searching and cannot seem to find it. Thanks!
     

  3. Guest

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    Here's the link: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=235125

    Very cool indeed, thanks for sharing. I used to load rubber bullets and just primers in my 1911 for practice, I think they were called X-Ring rubber bullets and they were reusable. They were pretty good at across-the-room distance and would shoot a 1" group at about 25 feet. I think these are the same thing, just already loaded up and ready for use.

    Not sure what it would be good for other than garage practice with a very thick rubber (or something similar) backstop and some type of anti-ricochet setup. 1360fps is no joke even with a 3.5 grain plastic bullet and these things could definitely be deadly with an eyeball/throat hit or even something less. Plus as you say the noise is fairly loud even with just a primer so my neighbors would likely call SWAT. Maybe like the description reads they could be used for small vermin.

    For house/garage practice I don't think you can beat a good gas-powered Airsoft pistol, those are a hoot!

    Good price on the NATO plastic training ammo though, I might get a 500 pack just for grins - its only $20.87 plus shipping if you're a club member!

    Jeff
     
  4. Sound25

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    Thanks for the info. I wish that they had this for a .40 cal. I have been searching for the last hour or so, and cannot find any. And I don't have a loading setup yet. :( If anyone knows where I can get some for a .40 that would be sweet!
     
  5. Syntax360

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    I'm pretty sure they just come in 9mm, .223, and .308. Too bad though - I would pick some .40 or .45 up too if it were available.