Hornady Manufacturing and Federal Premium Ammunition are pleased to announce that the FBI awarded both companies with contracts for duty and training ammo. The contracts will run for up to the next five years.
They are Infinite Delivery/Infinite Quantity contracts and reflect well on both companies. The Federal Premium contract is worth up to $19 million and the Hornady as much as $35 million.
The FBI needs new ammunition contracts to feed their new handguns. Just recently the agency announced that they were making the switch from .40 S&W pistols to 9mm Luger guns.
“Being awarded this contract by the FBI is a significant moment in our company’s history,” said Hornady vice president Jason Hornady. “We’ve worked tirelessly to develop the finest law enforcement ammunition products on the market. Knowing that the FBI relies on our ammunition is a testament to the innovation and tenacity exhibited by all the hard-working people at Hornady. We’re extremely proud to be selected by the FBI.”
Federal Premium president Jason Vanderbrink also said that his people are extremely proud of their contract. “[This] continues Federal Premium’s long-running tradition of supplying law enforcement, military personnel and civilians worldwide with the most reliable ammunition possible,” he said.
The FBI selected Hornady’s Critical Duty 9mm+P ammunition for use on duty. The agency is already familiar with the product as they also used Critical Defense in their .40 S&W firearms. Federal is supplying the agency with a custom round made to the FBI’s specifications.
One reason the FBI might have to order custom ammo to match the shooting characteristics of the duty ammo. The match-grade ammo burns clean with lead-free primers, reducing exposure to shooters and range staff.
“This high-value, optimized training round utilizes a new match-grade bullet designed specifically for the FBI to maximize accuracy, along with Federal Premium’s Catalyst lead-free primer formulation to provide reliable, consistent ignition,” said Vanderbrink.
Federal currently isn’t offering their FBI load to the public. But the same technology goes into a lot of their other ammo including their very clean-running Syntech ammo.
Hornady does offer Critical Duty commercially. Designed to meet law enforcement needs, Critical Duty offers significant performance through barriers. Made for full-size handguns, Critical Duty may not work well with short-barreled guns. The ammo depends on high velocities for full expansion.
For anyone looking for a round with a similar design made for compact handguns or concealed carry the Critical Defense series may be a better choice.
And while the caliber debate may never be over, the agency did evaluate 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP before deciding to go with 9mm. Score one for #Team9mm.