BREAKING: Black Hills Sole-Sourced for Contract for FBI Hostage Rescue Team .300 Blackout Subsonic Ammunition

    Good news for everyone’s favorite Dakotan ammunition company, Black Hills has just won the contract to provide subsonic .300 Blackout ammunition for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Team, according to a listing at FedBizOpps. The contract, which sources tell TFB is for 39,000 rounds and a value of $106,080, marks the Hostage Rescue Team’s first move towards the increasingly popular .300 Blackout caliber.

    The .300 Blackout is reputed to be¬†extremely quiet in subsonic, thanks to its relatively small .30 caliber bore, versus the .35 cal bore of 9mm, or the even wider bore of .45 ACP. It’s yet unknown exactly what projectile Black Hills will be loading into the ammunition they are providing to the FBI HRT, however¬†according to the listing the projectile will weigh 201 grains. The only that I know of for the .300 Blackout that is close to 201 grains is the S&B 200 grain FMJ, which seems an unlikely choice. It seems likely that the FBI has adopted either a standard OTM projectile, or a more exotic expanding subsonic bullet.

    In my research for this post, I was unable to find out what weapon the FBI HRT has chosen to fire its shiny new subsonic .300 Blackout ammunition. If any of our readers know, please tell us in the comments!

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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