FedArm (Federal Armament) Ammo Review

So, recently at work, one of my LT’s bought a concealable vest from Federal Armament to replace his vest that had been torn up and beat up over almost 20 years. Well, when I went on their sight, I found so many cool things that I kinda geeked out. Well, after talking with their sales team, they sent me out some ammo in 9mm, 40, and 45 ACP, along with some projectiles to reload.

When the package came with the ammo, I felt like I was breaking into Fort Knox, and from that moment, I knew it was a good sign. When I finally got all the way into the box, I found that there was a lot of care put into the way everything was packaged. From there I inspected every single round that was sent for any defects, or damages. Out of 300 rounds, I only found 1 small crack in 1 case for the 45 ACP ammo. I was able to pull the bullet, transfer the primer, powder and bullet into a none damaged case.

When I took it to the range, I found that all of the ammo, especially the 9mm was a dream to shoot. Not to hot, not under powered, just right. My guns loved the ammo that they sent, and I took my time shooting slow so that I could get more time out of each round. The best part was when I collected the brass, and sat down at my bench and reloaded them. The bullets that were sent as well, seemed to work better in my press than some of the other bullets I have been using. Then, the real test came, when it was time for me to requal for my Armed Security license. With the requal you use 48 rounds per string of fire, from 1 yard, to 25 yards, and the highest score is a 240. I did 3 strings of fire,1 with factory Federal ammo, 1 with my normal plated bullets, and 1 with the bullets sent by mike over at Fed Arms. First string was a “practice” where I scored a 232, then the 2nd round was my normal plated ammo I reload, where I got a 236. The last string of fire was with the Fed Arms bullets, where I scored a 239…….yes I am still pissed about pulling that 1 round (was on me not the bullets).
I also found that Fed Arms carries some odd ball stuff like the 50 BMG stuff that most people dream about having in a collection, as well as some very good pricing on rifles, and shotguns, even the body armor. What are you doing still reading this? Get over to Fed Arms now! and tell the sales team I sent you!.


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15 Responses to FedArm (Federal Armament) Ammo Review

  1. D.Jaffas May 25, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    Where can I get the 9MM? Does it come in 380??

  2. Brent August 25, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    I bought some reman 9mm from FedArm and it is crap. 25% won’t chamber. The bullet is copper plated lead, there is no jacket. I think the bullets were deformed when seated. Why do I say that? I thought the case was sticking, but one of the times I had to manually extract the cartridge (the last time) I noticed unburned power. So I looked down the barrel (yes, unloaded etc.), there was the bullet stuck in the chamber. I shot about 10 bullets out of the 1000.

  3. Timothy August 29, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    I just bought 500 remanufactered 40S&W rounds. Within 60 rounds into the 500 it won’t be even chamber correctly. Caused my first jammed round into my brand new HK USP40. I’ve shot 400 rounds of winchester just fine, until I had the opportunity to try these. I haven’t into looked the barrel, but plan on taking apart this weekend and see what damage the bullet have cause. I will never purchase from this company again.

    • Hunter Elliott August 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

      Timothy, I hate to hear you had such bad luck. I will be sure Jimmy, who wrote the article, sees your comment and if he has any input. I would definitely contact the manufacture and let them know of the issues.

  4. KCS September 30, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

    I am in the same boat. Bought 1000 rds 9mm reloads.
    200 rds fired. Approx 8% failure rate in my glock and about 25% failure rate in my XDM long slide.
    Did contact the manufacturer today. Will update when I hear back.
    Also the powered seemed very dirty. Clouds of heavy smoke at the indoor range.

  5. Andy November 16, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    I bought 500 rounds of .40 from them. Upon opening the box I noticed one of the rounds was missing the primer and there was loose powder inside the bag. Because of this I decided to count and inspect each round (499). I found several that were unusable or of poor quality including a bullet seated backwards, many with dented cases, gouges completely through the copper plating, excess lead flashing around the case mouth. I contacted them immediately with pictures and sent back what in their own words was described as “defective ammunition”. They issued a partial refund claiming some of the ammunition wasn’t returned even though I sent back everything they sent me. They can’t tell me how many rounds they received back and have stopped responding to my e-mails. Buy ammo somewhere else, this place isn’t worth the hassle.

  6. Bruce November 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    I read the original “RangeHot” review before purchasing, but did not read the comments. After receiving the ammo – I do agree that it is not kind of rough looking ammo….
    I was nervous that I would have issues with chambering, dirty ammo and smoking up the indoor range after reading the comments.
    I put 150 rounds through my Glock 17 yesterday. I did not have a single failure of any kind. If I had to say I noticed anything – it seemed to be loaded a little lighter than the other cheap range ammo I used yesterday. I noticed a very slight difference in felt recoil – gentler with the FedArm.
    With so many people having issues, I do not know if I would take a chance with ordering it again, however, my experience was good.

  7. Joe December 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    I ordered 1000 rounds of .40. They cycled through my glock 23 arlright but would not cycle my fnx40 which I’ve never had a seconds trouble with before. Buyers beware!

  8. Arlene February 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    I too just bought a lot a these, went to the shooting range and very disappointed with them, had issues with chambering, dirty ammo and smoking up the indoor range, lots of stove pipes, shooting a springfield 9mm. Will contact Fedarms.

  9. Doran February 6, 2017 at 5:52 am #

    Looks like I’ll pass on them. These kind of responses give me pause. Not worth tbe risk.

  10. Sedonut February 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm #

    I bought 500 rounds of 300 blackout, tried about 8 of them, 7 would not chamber. Forward assist would not help and almost impossible to eject. I tried two different rifles. I tried calling them, they don’t answer phones, just goes to voicemail and they don’t call back.

    They sent me a stock reply that is my problem and if I want a refund to send the ammo back at my expense.

    Avoid unless you want trouble.

    • J March 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

      I see we have run into the same problem.

      I ordered 1000 220gr TMJ 300aac subsonic. it was literally loose loaded in a walmart plastic bag in a cardboard box that cracked open somewhere during shipping and handling. And if that wasn’t bad, not a single round successfully cycles in there different functioning 300aac ARs. They are accepting a return but expect me to pay for return shipping.

  11. Paul March 4, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

    I have had great luck with the 9mm, shot 1000rds a little smokey but a great price and made in the good old USA.

  12. James Earl March 22, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

    I bought 1000 9mm 115 gr TPMJ rounds. My son and I went out shooting and shot about 300 or more rounds. Had 1 round that wouldn’t chamber completely in 2 different S&W pistols. I will be at the range again this weekend and will post an update of how the rest of the ammo performs.

  13. Bigchop338 March 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    I bought 1000 rounds of 9 mm had two squibs in two separate Guns out of the first 10 shots unbelievably dangerous for the shooting community dangerous for all shooters to be around I just sent them an email expect all have a fight on my hands stay away at all cost dangerous dangerous dangerous poor quality control if any

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