Federal Premium Awarded FBI Training Ammunition Contract for 9mm

Adam Scepaniak
by Adam Scepaniak

Vista Outdoor has been awarded a Training Ammunition Contract from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) along with several other government agencies that have not been named at this time. Federal Premium will be the company who specifically fills that contract for a 9mm handgun training round.

The contract has been agreed upon with terms of Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) over a period of 4 years for potentially $19 Million. The training ammunition that is to be supplied must meet the FBI’s distinct specifications.

Federal Premium aims to achieve that through their precision manufacturing and testing methods, innovative technology, and industry-leading components.

Federal Premium’s President, Jason Vanderbrink, had this to say about the recently acquired training ammunition contract with the FBI:

We are extremely proud of this important contract, which continues Federal Premium’s long-running tradition of supplying law enforcement, military personnel and civilians worldwide with the most reliable ammunition possible. This high-value, optimized training round utilizes a new match-grade bullet designed specifically for the FBI to maximize accuracy, along with Federal Premium’s Catalyst lead-free primer formulation to provide reliable, consistent ignition.

The component that Federal Premium is definitely most proud of is their Catalyst lead-free primer. This component has been utilized in a lot of their ammunition ever since it was created. A more thorough elaboration as to what the Catalyst primer truly provides is delivered by Federal Premium below:

The extremely clean-burning Catalyst primer creates more uniform and complete propellant combustion, yielding minimal velocity variation and consistent bullet launch for improved accuracy. It is also non-hydrophilic, so it does not attract water molecules like DDNP-based mixes found in most lead-free primers, resulting in better reliability. The Federal Premium proprietary Catalyst primer provides the cleanest, most consistent ignition possible.

With a potentially $19 Million sale on the line, you can be assured that Federal Premium is positioning themselves to get er’ done!

Federal Premium’s line of American Eagle Syntech is one current label that employs the Catalyst lead-free primer. Have you shot it?… Thoughts?…

Share with us in the comments below what you think about Federal Premium’s highly-touted Catalyst lead-free primer!

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  • TomasEdwardChristian TomasEdwardChristian on May 06, 2018

    Why is it a match bullet? WHY?

    • Noob Noob on May 06, 2018

      @TomasEdwardChristian I suspect it is a cost cutting move. Note they went with synthetic tip ("polymer powder coated") ammo which is supposed to be cooler shooting to reduce barrel wear and cleaning time.

      So if you can shoot more of it for less per round and replace your barrels less often it really adds up over a big government organisation.

      It might be possible to get duty rounds that are also low-barrel wear polymer coated but have flutes cut into the nose to produce a hydrostatic cutting effect like the Ruger ARX for slightly more per bullet. They might not have the same point of impact, but adjusting to the different ammo would be less of a hurdle than going from no practice at all to a few rounds of duty ammunition and being expected to shoot perfectly.

      In a pinch even the target round syntech synthetic tip training round stuff could be used as a duty round. The shape of the target round is not the last word in terminal ballistics but it is certainly lethal.


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  • 2ThinkN_Do2 2ThinkN_Do2 on May 08, 2018

    This stuff jammed in two of my 9mm's; the lipstick tip got stuck on the feed ramp . . . had a chunk of polymer stuck on the edge. I couldn't shoot those firearms that day, as I did not have a tool with me to remove the chunk; it would not come off using my fingernail.