NEW: PolyCase Target Rounds

PolyCase caught the attention of more than a few gun owners when they first began manufacturing their copper-polymer blend bullets, and now they’re expanding their line. While their ARX bullets – which have become increasing popular as other manufacturers such as Ruger use the bullets in their own rounds – are marketed for self-defense, the new addition is meant for training. It’s the PolyCase Sport Utility, and according to the company it’s the “perfect practice round”.

The Sport Utility line is being launched in five calibers: .380 Auto, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 Auto, and .38 Special. PolyCase is marketing their new ammunition as the ideal match for their existing Inceptor self-defense line. The company says the felt recoil and overall performance of Sport Utility is comparable to that of their Inceptor line. That’s certainly significant since it means a shooter could train with this new ammunition without concerns of whether or not time spent training will translate in a self-defense situation. After all, when you train with target rounds that perform differently than your chosen self-defense ammunition, you’re opening yourself up to a marked change in accuracy – especially during those all-important follow-up shots.

Of course, perhaps the most important detail about PolyCase ammunition is its frangibility. Frangible ammunition is fantastic for steel-plate training, but it’s useful for far more than only that. When you use frangible rounds at the range there’s no worry of ricochet or splashback even on paper since the bullet will disintegrate the moment it impacts any object harder than itself. That means when it hits the backstop, it disintegrates. Close quarters training is significantly safer with frangible rounds as well. Speaking from extensive personal experience I’m comfortable stating PolyCase’s ammunition performs as promised, and then some. Ammunition that enables you to fire a .50 Beowulf rifle at an AR500 steel plate from a matter of feet, not yards, is ammunition with a vast number of applications.

MSRP varies by caliber from $17.99 to $25.99 for a 50-round box.

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  • TechnoTriticale

    Bad URL. It’s polycaseammo dot com, not polycase dot com.

    To save readers a click, the bullet weights are:
    .380 ACP: 65 gr, 1250 fps
    9x19mm: 84 gr, 1425 fps
    .45 ACP: 130 gr, 1150 fps
    The RNP page had nothing yet on .40S&W or .38SPL

    • Edeco

      That’s what I wanted to know; like how close it is to the weight/velocity of regular ammo.

  • This is not a product review. We run press releases on new products that hit the market. This is for the readers benefit in case a new product is of interest. Since you just signed up you may not be aware of that.

  • Garmanarnar

    $17 for a gimmick training round? Lol. no thanks

  • Evan

    Since they don’t make .50 Beowulf, how on earth do you know that you can shoot steel with a .50 Beowulf with this ammo from feet away?

    • Dan

      I think maybe she was just referring to frangible ammo in general. That is my guess anyway.

      • Evan

        I don’t know. I’ve never shot frangible ammo myself, although when I was in the Marines stationed in Twentynine Palms, California, the local gun shop there was really big on pushing this RBCD stuff. Donnell’s One Shot Stop. I bought a couple pistols from them, a S&W Sigma which was the worst gun I’ve ever owned, and a Rock Island 1911, which was a surprisingly good pistol for about $400. Anyway, I never bought any of that RBCD ammo they were so big on, because it was grossly expensive. And I don’t care what the bullets are, I’m not gonna be the guy testing whether or not it’s safe to shoot .50 Beowulf at steel from a few feet. I do like .50 Beowulf though. I fired three or four shots from a rifle that some dude on the range had that he clearly wanted to show off to everyone else there (never had someone try so hard to get me to shoot his gun), and was instantly converted.

  • stephen

    Ok its cool that tech is advancing and companies are making new products but until the price comes down, I don’t see this taking off anytime soon. Consider the following…

    Winchester 9mm Luger 115-Grain Full Metal Jacket Bullets, 100ct from WallyWorld is $24.64

    PolyCase Handgun Ammo Inceptor ARX 9mm 74 Grain 25ct is $15.49

    Sooo if your the average, blue collar guy/gal in America, you’re most likely to go for the cheaper and more easily attainable ammo.

    • Guygasm

      You are comparing a target round to a self defense round. The PolyCase target round that is the subject of this article is $34.32 for 100 from CTD. Doesn’t completely change your point but the Polycase is lead free and frangible. This is a very good price for those features and applicable to many. If you are already intending to use the ARX as your defense round it seems like a reasonable price to get similar ballistics/recoil, at least for some of your training.

  • c4v3man

    Honestly $36/100 9mm doesn’t sound too bad for lead-free (bullet anyways) ammo. That being said, ranges that require lead-free ammo can be picky about powder and primer choices, which doesn’t seem to be addressed in the advertising. It will be interesting to see how well this sells in the indoor range market.

  • Guygasm

    Curious about the justification of their pricing. Comparing their 9mm pricing on CTD, the defense round is $.69/rd and the sport utility is $.26/rd. Both bullets are 65 gr and (almost assuredly) utilize the same injection molding production process. I believe the ARX bullet is also frangible based on media coverage. Both utilize brass cases. I don’t know the premium for low flash defense powders but assume they don’t account for this. It’s nice to have the cheaper training option and you only really need a small amount of the actual ARX. I guess I just like to be deceived by all the other defense rounds that their magic juju bullet justifies the price (it doesn’t). The ARX design being such a departure from the norm, they also may have wanted the higher price to convince people it was a serious contender. However, if they can offer virtually identical training ammo at this price, what kind of market share could they take if they really undercut all the fancy hollowpoint options.

  • That’s really kinda nitpicking trying to make a point over one sentence. I’ve been here a good number of years but I’m not understanding what you mean about posting patterns and what the relevance is to that press release.