Hornady 7.62x39mm and 5.45x39mm TAP ammo

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Hornady 7.62x39mm and 5.45x39mm Double Tap self defense ammunition loaded with VMAX (polymer tipped) bullets will be on sale soon.

Polymer tipped v-max bullets.

TacticalGunFan has reviewed pre-production samples and they are in fact using steel cases, presumably to save money. He was impressed with the ammunition, although he incorrectly states that this is the first 7.62x39mm self-defense load. There are many hunting and self-defense rounds to choose from.

For the first time American shooters will be able to buy a modern expanding load designed for self-protection in this caliber. It’ll also be the first time a quality projectile will be available in this diameter to enhance the accuracy potential of this military cartridge.

So, American shooters will finally have a domestically produced 5.45x39mm load that combines accuracy and terminal performance.

Midway lists the price as $23.99 for a box of 20 rounds loaded with 123 Grain bullets.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Adam Czechowski Adam Czechowski on Feb 16, 2011

    Very excited about the Hornady 5.45x39 grain V-max ammunition for my Smith & Weston M&P-15. I'm currently using silver bear 65 grain BT-FMJ, this is a sweet shooting combo, 2 and 3in groups at 100 yards, when the wind isn't blowing. the V-max will be my home defence stuff, or when i want to hollow out a silver dollar. :D tell you how it shoots when the Hornady arives in the mail.

  • Jon Jon on Nov 10, 2011

    Well if I want to use a siaga in 5.45 or a 74 I couldn't exactly just settle for 5.56 could I? Even if they are similar I could just throw some 5.56 in there. Thats why it would be great for some TAP to be produced. And I would say you can definitely use them in a semi-auto firearm I use the 5.56 tap in my AR and I use nosler and hornady bullets in my 6.5mpc AR and I haven't noticed a problem, even after feeding and extracting the same cartridge multiple times.