Sometimes the stars align and a good thing gets even better. It started with getting my shipment of Ammo Incorporated rounds delivered, including their Streak visual ammunition (tracer rounds), Stelth subsonic ammunition, and OPS high-accuracy hollow point ammunition. Then I get a text message from my Marine buddy that he has a friend who wants us to go shooting at his place where we can fire some of his weapons.
“What does he have?” I asked.
“Dude, you’ll see.” was the reply.
A few weeks later, we link up and the photo below illustrates what was waiting for us.
MP5’s, a Thompson, an Uzi, and a few MAC-10’s, among others. Some suppressed, some not. If they manufactured them with a full-auto switch option, these had them. My task at hand went from simply trying out some new ammunition to trying not to geek out too much over the weapons that would be firing the rounds.
Going back to the ammunition itself, I’ll go ahead and state that we did not encounter issues with any of the rounds in the various weapons we used. Technically there was a feed issue with the MP5 (unsuppressed) and the Streak hollow points, but that specific weapon had issues with any hollow points we used. I don’t hold that against the Streak ammo.
We began with the OPS “One Precise Shot” rounds in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 auto using a 10% ballistics gel block from Clear Ballistics to compare the results. These rounds are designed to shoot clean and require less maintenance time, while also providing match grade quality and accuracy. These lead-free and hollow point frangible (HPF) rounds are offered in 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 auto, and .223 Remington. Each caliber comes in a box of 20 rounds.
Using a Sig P320 (9mm), Sig P229 (.40 S&W), and Kimber 1911 (.45 auto) each at about 7-yards distance, we achieved the following results in terms of penetration. Shallow cavity damage for each caliber was virtually identical at 4.5 inches. I’m not here to tell you which is best, because you should make your own determination as to what is acceptable. My goal in this area is to simply present the results. To compare to a popular brand, we later fired a round of Hornady Critical Defense (9mm) and it achieved 12.5 inches of penetration.
Next up was the Stelth subsonic ammunition through a suppressed MP5. 9mm ballistic data for this round includes muzzle velocity of 1320 fps, muzzle energy of 329 ft. lbs., 50-yard velocity is 1202 fps, and 50-yard energy is 273 ft. lbs. Stelth rounds are offered in ball only – no hollow points – and they come in boxes of 50 rounds. Other ballistic information can be found on the site. In terms of “clean” shooting, I truthfully didn’t notice too much of a difference. The weapons still needed to be cleaned, although I suppose it would be fair to point out that the weapons did not have the massive amounts of carbon build-up that cheap ammo often leaves behind. My main question about this ammo was what it would actually sound like when fired through a suppressor. In the clip below you’ll get an idea. In my opinion, it delivered as well as expected.
Saving the best for last, we waited until dusk to begin testing the Streak ammunition. Streak rounds are non-incendiary visual ammunition or tracer rounds. Each caliber is offered in hollow point or ball and comes in boxes of 20 rounds. These are absolutely safe to use indoors as they do not generate heat or burn. I had watched other videos of the round and was curious as to what my own results would be. Fortunately, they didn’t let me down. They were incredibly effective and fun to shoot. Keep in mind, the rounds can only be seen when standing directly behind the weapon out to about 30-degrees on either side. Someone standing off to the side or a bad guy on the wrong end of the rounds will not see the “streak”. And they are only visible in certain lighting conditions such as most indoor areas, and outside only under low-light or darkness. We used a Thompson, MP5, and MAC-10 for the majority of testing with the Streak rounds. You’ll have to pardon the quality of some of the footage as we’re learning how to capture the best angles on the fly along with lighting challenges.
Aside from the cool factor, these rounds can be very useful for target acquisition. We did not have the opportunity to test beyond fifty yards, but within that range, the rounds were very visible to the target. At approximately 65 cents per round, these are very reasonably priced for what you’re getting. I won’t hesitate to pick up more, and I absolutely plan to keep at least a few magazines for each of my personal weapons loaded with the Streak rounds in either ball or hollow point.
As a whole, I am now a huge fan of Ammo Incorporated products based on everything from their pricing, packaging, and most importantly – the ammunition performance. This is a company to watch out for if you’re not already familiar with them. Be sure to check out their products for yourself and be sure to let us at The Loadout Room what you personally think about the ammo.
*All images and videos courtesy of the author