Frangible Ammunition for Law Enforcement Training/Duty Use? A Review.
Team Never Quit™ (TNQ) has put out a new line of ammunition to the market in partnership with Snake River Shooting Products. Marcus Luttrell, and his SEAL and other elite operator buddies, as well as many operators have a statement used often in their business – “Train like you fight.” This sentiment resonates within the Law Enforcement community as well. With the complexities and sensitivities of the nature of the LE environment, this is more true all the time as the days of Mayberry are all but behind us. On the Law Enforcement side, may officers like to ensure their training rounds are ballistically matched to their duty rounds to ensure the feel and shooting experience, as well as the bullet performance when fired have same point of aim, point of impact.
As the TNQ team evaluated the best way to go about training and self defense/duty rounds, and the ammunition line, many potential projectiles and concepts were tested and the decision was finally made to implement a segment of the line with Frangible projectiles. The TNQ line, has partnered with Sinterfire, Inc. (www.sinterfire.com) for the supporting projectiles for a broad scope of both the training and duty line of ammunition. While the TNQ line also offers several rifle calibers, with their Patriot match level loads, and more traditional bullet types, as well as a pistol offering with a non-frangible Solid Copper Hollow Point, this article will hone in on the swath of the frangible based line of products by TNQ, to provide LEOs some specific information on the concept behind this product line.
Team Never Quit Frangible Training Rounds:
Sinterfire Frangible bullets, and associated powdered metal that makes them up.
To breakdown those pros and cons, it is first important to define the Sinterfire frangible bullet. The Sinterfire bullet is made up of copper and tin powder, compressed in a “sintering” or heating process to form and bond the bullets together. The result is a bullet which is very hard, and looks to the untrained eye much like a traditional full metal jacket, or total metal jacket bullet. When looking closely, you can almost see the compositional difference by a slight color variant and dull appearance to the bullet itself as it is not jacketed with shined copper or plating. The intent of the standard closed nose bullets it to be “frangible” or break up when striking a substance or target harder than itself. Traditionally, this would be AR500 level steel plates for maximum frangibility. Consider taking a sugar cube in a sling shot, and slinging it against the tile on your kitchen floor. It would break down into the smaller sugar fragments that make up the cube as the cube has struck something much harder than itself. This exact picture can be duplicated for a Sinterfire projectile striking an AR500 steel plate. Why is this exciting? There are several reasons:
Marcus Luttrell and friends firing on steel targets. Silhouette targets have flipper centers, and you can also see the plate rack to the right, which can be used to compete, or just hone your skills. When the bullet strikes a plate on the plate rack, the plate falls back. When all have been knocked down, the rope (seen in the picture) is pulled from behind the shooter to pull them back to ready position.
Now, let’s discuss standard Sinterfire frangible bullet performance against other mediums. There are many misperceptions in this understanding. Many shooters hear the world frangible and believe the bullet will actually turn to dust or fragments when striking anything. There are even countries who currently ban frangible ammunition due to this belief, believing if a criminal ever shot someone with a frangible round, it would be completely untraceable. This is simply not the case. We will take a couple different mediums below to highlight what one could expect when shooting this frangible bullet at various targets:
The Sinterfire bullet has been around for 19+ years, and has been the predominant bullet being used by Law Enforcement around the globe for their steel training. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) puts thousands of officers through their school each year, and solely uses the Sinterfire bullet in their ammunition for training. Although a bit more expensive than a traditional FMJ round due to the volume of copper in the bullet, this round provides much greater bang for the buck when considering the increased training experience combined with the increased safety benefits of the round! In summary, the frangible training projectile is designed specifically for dynamic range training on steel targets, geared toward providing the shooter with a much more enjoyable experience, while providing an increased number of skills to hone versus traditional ammo and range experiences. As a positive by-product, it is also lead free, and MUCH safer to shoot on steel targets! This provides a real opportunity to “Train like you Fight.”
Team Never Quit Frangible Hollow Point Rounds:
Photo of the a TNQ Frang HP round. Gel block shot with TNQ 9mm Frang HP.
To ramp up the “Train like you Fight” mantra, TNQ also implemented into the line, a new Sinterfire technology, the Frangible Hollow Point bullet. Utilizing a very similar base product to the training round, and applying some science to the hollow point in the front end, Sinterfire in conjunction with TNQ has generated a lethal combination! This product truly provides that desire of operators to have a ballistically matched training and operational product as this product sits in the cross-over category and can be used for both training and duty/self defense use, giving the shooter exact ballistic match, felt recoil, and proven performance on every shot. For the more serious shooter, this product answers the call! Some of the added benefits are outlined below:
In summary, this round provides an interesting consideration for LEOs and Operational agencies. The round, at its amazing price point, gives serious shooters whether they be law enforcement, military, or civilians the option to carry this round in their carry weapon all the time and utilize the round for both training situations as well as self defense or operations. There is a clear reason why Team Never Quit chose these bullets to be part of their fantastic and growing lineup. Marcus Luttrell and Team Never Quit, want everyone who carries a weapon to be well trained and versed in the use of their firearm. Given an elite military background, it is no surprise they want to put out a product that incentivizes serious shooters to be the best they can be at all times. Get out there and try some of this ammunition today. It is readily available in Cabela’s, Lucky Gunner, and shortly through Brownell’s, with the list growing daily. LE Agencies who want to test and consider this ammunition for their training and duty needs, can get setup by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, see www.teamneverquit.com for more info!
About Team Never Quit, LLC
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About Marcus Luttrell and Operation Redwing
Marcus Luttrell is the only surviving SEAL member from Operation Redwing. Luttrell’s No. 1 New York Times best-seller Lone Survivor tells the harrowing story of four Navy SEALs who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His account was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the 2013 major motion picture, Lone Survivor.
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