SinterFire LE/Military Ammunition Available to Public

Lead and over-penetration are two of the commonly mentioned problems with ammunition. If you have spent any time training or at the range, you’ve wiped your hands down with lead remover or at least washed thoroughly to remove residue. As for penetration, discussions about self-defense ammunition frequently cover concerns about over-penetration, whether due to the type of bullet or its caliber.

There is a simple way to combat concerns about lead and over-penetration, though, and that’s by using lead-free ammunition that’s designed not to over-penetrate. SinterFire is the largest manufacturer of lead-free, frangible ammunition in the firearms industry, and it isn’t just their civilian-based products you can use. The public can now use SinterFire products designed for law enforcement and military use, too.

SinterFire frangible ammo powdered on impact
Got lead-free frangibles? SinterFire is the largest manufacturer of frangibles in the world. (Photo credit: SinterFire)

SinterFire released the following statement about their ammunition:

Known around the world for being the largest manufacturer of lead-free projectiles, SinterFire products have historically been used by major ammunition suppliers and LE/military customers. Now this high-performance ammunition is available to consumers.

Comprised of blended copper powder, the projectiles outperform other hollow points due to the engineered frangibility characteristics. Extremely effective when entering soft tissue, the projectile dissipates energy immediately for a large initial wound cavity. The base of the projectile retains much of its initial form for deep penetration. All this, while the ricochet risk is drastically reduced. As a result, it is the only bullet approved by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement School Marshals program.

SinterFire Special Duty self defense ammunition
SinterFire’s ammunition line includes this Special Duty lead-free ammo designed for law enforcement and military use. It’s also available to the general public for self-defense use. (Photo credit: SinterFire)

There’s a fair bit of misinformation out there about frangible ammunition. What it comes down to is that the frangible ammunition of today is a lot different from what was made in the past. Technology and ballistics have advanced by leaps and bounds, resulting in frangibles that are fantastic for many applications, including use on steel and for self-defense purposes. SinterFire has four main lines of ammunition, each covering a number of cartridges.

  • Reduced Hazard
  • GreenLine
  • Special Duty
  • NXG

The NXG, Next Generation, line is their ammunition that is not frangible but is instead a lead-free, copper round that does not powder on impact. NXG is designed for range training while the other three lines are multi-use frangibles.

powdered copper and SinterFire copper bullets
SinterFire manufacturers their bullets from powdered copper using a sintering process. (Photo credit: SinterFire)

SinterFire’s ammunition significantly reduces risk of ricochet or backsplash and creates massive wound cavities with impressive energy transfer. They make ammunition for rifles and handguns with bullets that range from flat-nose to hollow points. Frangibles are ideal for steel and close quarters use but can also be used for self-defense. Ammunition has come a long way over the years and SinterFire is a leading, respected manufacturer in the field.

SinterFire NXG next generation lead free ball ammunition
SinterFire’s NXG ammunition isn’t frangible, but it is lead-free. (Photo credit: SinterFire)

Do you use frangible ammunition? Tell us about your experience in the comments section.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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