Big 3 East: Zenith Firearms and ZQI Ammo

Zenith Firearms and ZQI Ammo were at Big 3 East. Many of you may have come across ZQI Ammo at Walmart. Walmart has been selling ZQI Ammo below cost, and so that relationship has ceased, according to ZQI Ammo.

ZQI walmart


All ZQI Ammo is made to NATO and STANAG specifcations. Due to Walmart’s low prices, some believe the low price reflects the quality. This is not the case. The ammo hat tZQI is offering is military grade ammo. It passes all of NATO specs, even storage. You can store this ammo in a cave for 20 years and it will still work. (Their words, not mine)


I grabbed a few boxes on 9mm and ran them in my STI Steelmaster race gun. They ran great.


My friend John Rodriguez has been testing out their ammo as well. This is not match grade ammo but it has been working better than expected.

ZQI 556

ZQI 556 2 ZQI 556 3

ZQI ammo is available on their website. You can also get them from Lucky Gunner.


Zenith Firearms, a sister company to ZQI, brought out their line of Turkish imported firearms.

Below is their Z5P pistol. It resembles a famous German roller lock design.



Two styles of Turkish shotguns.



A range of pistols by Girsan and Tisas. You can check out their selection on their website. There are 1911 style, Beretta 92FS style, and a polymer striker fire that is similar in design to the M&P pistol.


Zenith even brought out their big boy Bora-12.



Here is a video shooting the 5.56 roller lock pistol.


The hicap magazine has some interesting markings on it.  Yes, that is an airplane.


The roller lock guns are about $1500+. The Girsan and Tisas pistols are about $500 on average. The Turkish shotguns are $500-$650.

Zenith and ZQI has some really good quality products and great guys running the show. They were a pleasure to talk with and were eager to help with ammo and any questions we had.

Nicholas C

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    An airplane and a…guitar?….wine opener?

    • Dan

      I think that is a helicopter but guitar sounds better and makes just as much sense. Maybe a guitar makes more sense. I don’t know.

    • Bj

      Airplane and helo. Those are the angles that the factory recommends for AA rifle fire.

      • Dan

        Oh wow I hadn’t even considered that.

  • Lance

    Love ZQI ammo got it for $10 boxfor 7.62 NATO which is what ammo should be closer to priced too than $20 friggen dollars a box of mass produced Mil spec ammo. Not only they make 9mm M-882, M-855 5.56mm, and M-80 7.62mm ammo. I hear they will start making 55gr M-193 5.56mm ball soon as well. Good they ditched anti gun Walmart I hope major gun sellers like J&G sales will get them now.

    • Bacon Chaser

      The ditched Wal Mart because they were selling it too cheap. So now when you buy ZQI someplace else, expect $15-$20 a box instead of $10.


        Yup, he got his wish. I guess its back to wolf or tula for me once again.

  • Dracon1201

    Same in my M77, 3.5″ was the best, 7″ was the worst, but I think it was mostly me.

    Good plinking ammo. Not much else.

  • Kivaari

    I hope they are better than the shotguns they imported over a decade ago. The locking blocks on both pump and semiautomatic shotguns broke within a box or two. We just stopped selling them. The early deaths of so many shotguns simply tells us the machines are not good enough. They makers need to learn how to make locking blocks out the proper steel and follow up on heat treating. It is bad when the product looks good, but fails in the market place thanks to ignorant gun makers. Now how about Taurus.

  • Kivaari

    WalMart has been selling Italian Perfecta ammo. In .223 it shot under MOA groups. I hope they keep selling that. It was as good as the American Eagle ammo made in Israel.

    • Rick5555

      I purchased 500 rounds of the Perfecta ammo (in 9mm) for practicing…due to the price was reasonable and it was brass casing. For ball ammo it shot better than I was expecting. I was using this ammo, to break in a FNS, I just picked up. Sometime Wally world will surprise you with the ammo they carry. When in a store, I usually check to see what they have.

      • Kivaari

        I was there this afternoon, and bought another 500 rounds of .223. The price dropped $4 to 14.87 That’s pretty reasonable considering the accuracy it delivers.

  • InfiniteGrim

    ZQI does the 1 MOA ALL Day challenge @ 1.6 MOA… not bad for 5x 5 shots groups…. I also shot a 15 round group that measured 1.5 MOA all at 100 yards… Best M855 deal around. Unfortunately the one place selling it for a good price increased the case price by $50 after the last “mass shooting.”

  • Giolli Joker

    COUGH… Roller delayed… COUGH… not locked… COUGH

  • hydepark

    “Below is their Z5P pistol. It resembles a famous German roller lock design.”

    I think it’s important for readers (and the author given his experience in firearms like these) to know that these are HK licensed firearms. They’re clones, and they are very very nice ones at that. I think it’s everyone’s consensus that these are the nicest clones that have been available in some time.

    So yeah. These things more than resemble the German roller delayed guns. They are the closest you can get to the real deal short of spending $3000+.

  • Kivaari

    That’s not so good.