On a recent trip to the range, for the first time in a long time, I didn’t collect any brass to bring home. That’s because there wasn’t any to pick up!
In a previous post, I mentioned that I had purchased a couple of 50 round boxes of Freedom Munitions‘ new American Steel ammunition to try out. This is hardly an in-depth review, but I wanted to report that the steel cased ammunition performed flawlessly in my Gen4 Glock 19, with no stoppages or failures to fire. Accuracy seemed on par with other Freedom Munitions offerings, and it seems to be a good value for those shooters that prefer inexpensive steel cased ammunition for practice, training, or plinking. Having said that, I doubt I will make a switch to using American Steel, simply because I like to collect my spent brass to send in towards Freedom Munitions’ Brass Credit Program.
The American Steel ammunition is, as the name suggests, American made brass plated steel cased ammo. It is loaded with a 115 grain FMJ bullet. As of this writing, a 50 round box of American Steel is $10.59 vs. $11.55 for 50 rounds of Freedom Munitions’ new manufacture brass cased ammunition. Their re-manufactured ammunition is $10.77 for 50 rounds, so for new manufacture ammunition, American Steel is priced competitively, especially when you consider ordering in bulk.
There is one cautionary tale that I will offer here that applies universally to all steel cased ammunition. Namely, I would advise against mixing steel and brass cased ammunition during training or carrying duty ammo after shooting steel cased ammunition without first cleaning your pistol. Specifically, shooting steel after brass is okay, but not the other way around! This is because steel cases do not expand to conform to the chamber, so propellant gases can form deposits in the chamber of the gun, effectively reducing the chamber to the size of the unfired case. If you then shoot brass cased ammunition, the brass cartridge will fire form to the chamber and lock the gun up with a failure to extract because of the reduced chamber dimensions. I have witnessed this first hand in training, so this is not idle conjecture. By all means, use steel cased ammunition, but be aware of this specific limitation. The problem is easily remedied by cleaning your gun!
In summary, I will continue to buy ammunition from Freedom Munitions, and I think that the American Steel Ammunition is an excellent addition to their product line.