In a strange case of internet misinformation, South Carolina ammunition manufacturer Black Butterfly Ammo has been pulled into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with fake reports of their products being used to wound civilian protesters in Gaza. On multiple social media outlets, users are outraged by the use of “exploding” butterfly bullets and often the postings include the unauthorized use of images from Black Butterfly’s website that show expanded bullets used to hunt large game like hogs.
A company spokesman reached out to TFB in the hopes of setting the record straight: Black Butterfly Ammo has never sold ammunition to anyone in the Middle East. “Even though Israel is allied [with the U.S.], we have never sold or provided ammunition to IDF Forces. Recently the company started receiving email from individuals around the world asking how they could “participate in such atrocities” with their “explosive” bullets.
The internet being the internet, the fake news traveled fast, even landing on the mainstream media outlet Al Jazeera (the above title image/story) with emotionally charged headlines. Social media postings used graphic imagery to display protesters and children wounded in conflicts with IDF Forces.
A modest amount of research shows the tissue and bone damage image used to explain the exploding “butterfly ammunition” is actually taken from a diagram explaining bullet wounds versus shrapnel wounds.
Obviously, TFB doesn’t wade into politics, religion or any other polarizing topics (unless it’s 9mm vs .45 ACP or the use of silencer vs suppressor). My only suggestion is to read all news with a critical eye and do your own research where appropriate.
In 2015, Black Butterfly Ammunition was formed as the manufacturing side of Bangitammo.com. The initial offering was determined to be the gigantic wildcat .458 SOCOM. This round was developed by Marty Ter Weeme, founder of Teppo Jutsu, LLC in 2000 and quickly developed a cult like following among big bore shooters and hog hunters due to the power and accuracy it delivered.
This Big Bore round fit with the business philosophy of the Black Butterfly Ammunition founders who wanted to manufacturer hard hitting ammunition for hunters. During their testing, it was quickly discovered that there was not enough dedicated .458 SOCOM projectiles with many of them being retooled .45/70 projectiles. The main problem with these projectiles was that many of them were too blunt and reduced the ability to “hang out” the rounds. During the first year of manufacturing, Black Butterfly Ammunition formed relationships with several nationally known projectile manufacturers to develop exclusive projectiles specifically for the .458 SOCOM like the CTX Migration, Maker Turbo Saw, Cutting Edge Maximus Giganticus and the Hawk D600 Colossus.
Black Butterfly Ammo was quickly recogonized as a expert in the .458 SOCOM industry and was asked to work with CMMG on the release of their CMMG Anvil. During the release of this rifle, Black Butterfly Ammo was fortunate enough to be reviewed and featured in multiple national magazines and articles including Guns and Ammo, Gun World and American Rifleman Magazine.
In addition, Black Butterfly Ammunition has also been featured in countless industry expert YouTube reviews and videos which can viewed in their entierty on the Black Butterfly Ammunition YouTube Channel. We have also included dozens of customer videos and videos made by us just shooting our 458 SOCOM ammo having fun like the one below.