FBI Contract for $19 Million of Federal Premium Training Ammunition

FBI Contract for $19 Million of Federal Premium Training Ammunition
FBI Contract for $19 Million of Federal Premium Training Ammunition

ANOKA, Minnesota-(Ammoland.com)- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has awarded Vista Outdoor a contract to supply FBI and other Federal Government Agencies with a high-performance Federal Premium 9mm handgun training round specifically designed to support their mission.

The IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract, which has four option years, is for up to $19 million in 9mm handgun training rounds. This ammunition is built distinctively to FBI’s specifications using Federal Premium’s precision manufacturing and testing methods, innovative technology, and industry-leading components.

“We are extremely proud of this important contract, which continues Federal Premium’s long-running tradition of supplying law enforcement, military personnel and civilians worldwide with the most reliable ammunition possible,” said Federal Premium President Jason Vanderbrink. “This high-value, optimized training round utilizes a new match-grade bullet designed specifically for the FBI to maximize accuracy, along with Federal Premium’s Catalyst lead-free primer formulation to provide reliable, consistent ignition.”

Since 1922, Federal Premium Ammunition has been a staple for shooters wanting high-quality shotshell, centerfire and rimfire ammunition. The company’s relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation has resulted in numerous technological breakthroughs, such as the patented Catalyst primer used in the new FBI training round.

The extremely clean-burning Catalyst primer creates more uniform and complete propellant combustion, yielding minimal velocity variation and consistent bullet launch for improved accuracy. It is also non-hydrophilic, so it does not attract water molecules like DDNP-based mixes found in most lead-free primers, resulting in better reliability. The Federal Premium proprietary Catalyst primer provides the cleanest, most consistent ignition possible.

Civilians and other Law Enforcement agencies looking for similar high-performance primers in their range ammunition can find it in Federal’s full lineup of lead-free American Eagle and Syntech ammunition. The polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents metal-on-metal contact between the bullet and bore, which can shorten barrel life and rob accuracy, while also eliminating copper and lead fouling. Combined with specialized clean-burning powders, your gun will stay cleaner longer, so you can shoot more – and shoot better.

About Federal Premium

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. For news and information, visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.

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Good explanation from Wild Bill. I wondered about that last year when this came about but it is up to the individual agent as how he or she will use our tax dollars. Responsible and practice, hord them for another time or give a bunch to their buddies. It sounds like we do not trust the FBI, is that fair? They have led us to this.

Clark Kent

Who, exactly, is ‘they’? You DO realize that the ‘five percenters’ who screw it up for the other 95% exist in EVERY occupation, correct?

Marcellus Wallace

Folks, stay on your medication.


It’s nice to see another company doing lead free defense ammo. Makes cleaning the gun far easier to get a softer metal out of my barrel than lead once it cools off. Also cleaner primers means less maintenance time and more fun shooting paper and aluminum cans on sunny days.


.gov either funneled it to the “moderate” Islamic terror groups in Syria or they have distributed it nationwide to strategic stockpiles awaiting their big push against freedom loving Americans.

Clark Kent

And your verifiable proof of same? I’m waiting…….


What happened to the BILLIONS of rounds purchased by bloated Fed – Gov over the past 8 years ?


Exactly my thought.


Those went with the FEMA supplies also purchased incase of civil unrest … uh I mean National Emergency.

Wild Bill

@Freebird, One thousand rounds per armed federal agent per year, for practice and qualification. The reasoning is that federal agents need to be proficient in safe gun handling and accurate shooting is part of that. And there are tort lawyers on every city block. This is all fine, if our federal agents are trustworthy with our Civil Rights. If federal agencies are not trust worthy with our Civil Rights, then…

David Telliho

and weren`t those rounds of a hollow point design,too? I seem to recall that there was a fuss made about them because of they`re illegality in war. The fuss didn`t deter the purchase.



Hollow-point rounds are NOT illegal in war. Despite public perception, “hollow-point” ammunition is not even addressed by the Geneva Convention – and it is not specified by the Hague Convention. The wording in the Hague agreement is vague and generic, and the US is not signatory anyway.

America’s decision to specifically NOT utilize hollow-points is discretionary. Our refusal to use hollow-point ammunition in war has so far been absolutely voluntary…. and that decision could be freely altered at any time.


True story.

Some units of the US military are now being equipped with hollow-point handgun ammunition, and I believe it has been true for a while now.



You are absolutely correct. Some of our military SOCOM folks are getting HP rifle ammo as well.

American Patriot

It’s in the hands of the Dept of Education so if the kids get out of line and start thinking like a Conservative they can be eliminated.

Clark Kent

Get fresh tinfoil for your hat………


I remember reading something about that, and saying they had no more use for it for one reason or another, and had mentioned about selling it off to the public, and shooting community, but I guess that vaporized as I have not heard anymore about it. It did show pictures of some of the millions of rounds sitting in what looked like about four or five foot roller carts full of what appeared to be all nine mill. rounds. From the picture it looked like twenty five to fifty carts full, but there was plenty more out of the camera… Read more »

Clark Kent

Wow! All conjecture with zero facts to back it up! Keep your job at the drive-through window.