Ammo, Inc Moving into .50 Cal BMG Production

Thousands of 50-caliber bullets were expended as U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from several companies in the 470th Movement Control Battalion, Elwood, Ill., attempted to qualify with a Browning M2A1 .50-caliber machine gun at a range on Fort McCoy, Wis., April 9, 2022. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Wood).

Arizona-based Ammo, Inc. says they are kicking off .50 cal BMG production in a big way at their newly opened 185,000 sq. ft. factory in Wisconsin. They are specializing at first in M33 High Accuracy ball ammunition, the most commonly used military type—vanilla if you will– which typically features a 660-grain FMJ bullet.

However, they say they have armor-piercing (“AP”) and armor-piercing incendiary (“API”) presently in the process of load development, loading, and testing, so those flavors are on the horizon. The company says the plant will be able to make 24 million .50 cal rounds per year when they are at capacity.

The destination for all these .50 cal rounds? Likely a nervous Eastern Europe, where the M2 heavy machine gun and lots of Barrett anti-material rifles are in widescale service and everyone has Russian expansion on their mind.

Should there be some leftovers, the U.S. domestic market will surely soak them up.

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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