In the current decade, technology is progressing rapidly, and it also has made a significant impact on the firearms industry. Every year, several manufacturers launch state-of-the-art new cartridges.
Those are powerful enough to hit targets at a closer and more extended range with pinpoint accuracy. Read the article to find out the latest and brand-new ammunition in the arms industry.
Development of 10mm ammo
In 1923, Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Cooper came up with an idea to substitute the .45 ACP with an excellent combat pistol. He collaborated with Irving Stone, Whit Collins, and John Adams to design a bullet from the shell of .30 Remington by cutting it short to .992 inches.
He loaded it with a 40 caliber extended bullet. The outcome was a 10mm auto cartridge. This ammo has a much flatter trajectory, which transfers better energy from the bullet to the engaged target. Moreover, it has better accuracy for a much longer distance than .45 ACP. The cartridge is small enough to be used by a semi-automatic pistol.
The 10mm cartridge weighs between 135 to 200 grains. This cartridge is generally found among Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) and Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) variations. This cartridge is 10.17mm and can be perfectly adjustable in a 992 inch longer straight-walled and rimless casing.
In 1980, Thomas Dornaus and Michael Dixon met Jeff Cooper. They had a plan to build a weapon that could bridge the gap between magnum revolvers and semi-automatic pistols of that era. This cooperation took the lead to the development of Bren Ten, which was the first pistol that would use the 10mm ammo.
Plus Points Of 10mm Ammo
- Velocity range is between 1300-1500 fps
- Outperforms the dominant .357 Magnum
- Mainly used for hunting and self-defense
Development Of 5.7x28mm ammo
Until the end of the Cold War, Sub-Machine Guns (SMG’s) were among the effective weapons for close-quarter battles. They were fully automatic, powerful, more lightweight with less recoil than other rifles and machine guns. But, with the advancement of technology, the development of ballistic vests with a material known as Kevlar became more popular. This type of armor cannot provide much protection against conventional rifles. It is only capable of deterring handgun ammunition. A traditional Submachine gun with 9×19 mm calibers like UZI and MP5 cannot penetrate the Kevlar-type ballistic vests.
It was evident that a new weapon is needed with both the qualities of penetration and strength of a submachine gun. In 1980, Fabrique Nationale Herstal (FN Herstal) acknowledged NATO’s demand to substitute 9x19mm cartridges and related weapons. The requirements include a new cartridge, handgun, and a shoulder-fired weapon.
The new weapons must be lightweight, accurate, reliable, and strong enough to penetrate soft body armor. The outcome was a 5.7×28 cartridge, also referred to as SS190. A bullet with an aluminum core along with a steel penetrator. If fired from P90, it can penetrate any armor with similar features to the NATO CRISAT vest.
Plus Points Of 5.7x28mm ammo
- More accurate and robust than 9x19mm
- Penetrates NATO CRISAT type vests
CCI 400 primers
CCI 400 small rifle primers consist of a non-corrosive and non-mercuric initiator mix. They are consistently tested and improved. CCI primers keep the pockets clean and increase the time between the pocket cleaning.
Development Of 6.5 Creedmoor bulk ammo
When the 6.5 Creedmoor was developed, gunpowder and bullets were not high-quality today. The major problems faced were dirty powder and primers for small calibers. They had an excellent penetration rate, but their impact was only a tiny hole. Eventually, 6.5 Creedmoor bulk ammo was introduced to replace more powerful rounds.
Hornady manufactured the 6.5 Creedmoor ammo in 2007. It was specially designed for long-distance target and competition shooting. It has less recoil and muzzle blast when compared with other longer-range rounds.
Plus Points Of 6.5 Creedmoor bulk ammo
- Reduced recoil
- Perform better at a more extended range
- Enhanced accuracy
Development Of 7.62×39 Ammo
A group of Soviet researchers initially developed the 7.62×39 ammo in 1940 from a 7.62×41 M43 cartridge. It consists of a bottlenecked intermediate cartridge commonly used by AK47 and SKS-type Russian rifles, RPK and RPD-type Light Machine Guns (LMG’s).
It had a remarkable performance in terms of reliability and efficiency. This ammo is relatively cheaper and keeps the perfect balance for size and power. It is powerful enough to impact light intermediate barriers and lightweight enough to carry multiple full magazines.