ATF Bans Ammo! (Part Two)

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An update on my article from yesterday:

Today I spoke with the ATF and several firearms manufactures/importers.  When I first heard about this ammo ban, I thought it was some sort of panic driven conspiracy theory causing the dry up of the steelcore 5.45 x39.  We’ve seen plenty of this since the Fall of 2008.  As you can see from the attached ATF letter, this ammunition is officially banned from importation as of April 7, 2014:×39-ammunition.html

Some have wrongfully published that Century International Arms was the manufacturer/importer of the 5.45 pistol that “caused” this ban.  As you can see from the ATF letter, it was a Fabryka Bronie Radom, Model Onyks 89S.  I still think that is one of the poorest governmental excuses for a ban that I have ever read.  So you are probably asking, “Why should I care, I don’t shoot 5.45 and I’ve never even heard of it.”  Here’s why; 5.45 steelcore was the last economical ammunition available to shooters in the US.  With the escalated political turmoil in the Ukraine and the tension between the US and Russia, the next step could be banning the importation of all Russian and foreign ammunition.  This would mean the 7.62×39 (AK-47 round) will also be gone.  The ATF ruling is just that, a ruling.  But it does stand as law if it is not challenged.  Please reach out to your elected officials and alert them to this ruling to overturn it.  If you thought ammunition prices were high before, just wait.

Mr. Ags writes for Joe for America and welcomes your feedback: @blackswampradio &  [email protected]



For years US ammunition importers were able to import surplus 5.45×39 Russian ammo (as seen in the picture to right).

The 5.45×39 was designed/mfg. during the Cold War by Russia as an answer to the .223/5.56 x 45 (M4/AR-15) round.  It was originally designed for the AK-74 (not “47”).  Sidenote, for those of you wondering, the numbers after AK-47 and AK-74 designate the year it was introduced into service in Russia (AK-74 = 1974).

I should clarify, not all 5.45×39 ammunition is being banned from importation.  The ATF, at this point, has only refused to issue new Form 6 (this form allows the importation of steelcore 5.45×39 surplus ammo, the affordable stuff).  Even recently, this ammo was available for US shooters at a rate of $.15-/$.17 round and able to be shot in the AK-74 and several AR-15 platforms.

Not any more.

Overnight, the price has doubled on this surplus ammo and we may never be able to get it again.  It’s not too late.  Please take time to immediately contact your congressman and alert them to this and make the ATF release the Form 6 to importers.  Please take time to watch the video below:

Mr. Ags writes for Joe for America and welcomes your feedback: @blackswampradio &  [email protected]

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