Blackwater Announces 9mm Contractor Grade Ammunition

Blackwater Announces 9mm Contractor Grade Ammunition
Blackwater Announces 9mm Contractor Grade Ammunition

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Blackwater Worldwide is proud to announce their Contractor Grade 124 grain 9mm ammunition is now available and shipping to the civilian market.

Manufactured in the Blackwater Ammunition facility based in Concord NC, Contractor Grade 9mm is designed to deliver maximum reliability and terminal performance in all weapon platforms. Contractor Grade is a +P 124 grain 9mm, that features a lightweight split case with a nickel alloy top and aluminum base. This case design is reloadable, 30% lighter than traditional brass casing, and performs perfectly with the higher +P pressures. The powder is clean and temperature stable to support reliable function with high round count maintenance cycles of both suppressed and unsuppressed fire.

The 124 grain 9mm projectiles are precision cnc machined, lead free, solid copper expanding projectiles that expand to meet FBI penetration requirements while maintaining nearly 100% of its original weight.

Blackwater Contractor Ammo
Blackwater Contractor Ammo

Calibers from .380 through 50BMG will be available early summer 2020.

Features

  • Bullet Weight: 124 Grain
  • Bullet Type: Monolithic Copper Expanding Hollowpoint
  • Ammo Casing: NAS3
  • Ammo Caliber: 9mm Luger (9x19mm)
  • Muzzle Velocity 1100fps
  • MSRP: $20.95 per 20 round box!

About Blackwater Worldwide

In 2019, Blackwater Worldwide re-entered the firearms and ammunition market in the United States. In its first year of operation, it has acquired or developed multiple firearms lines and a proprietary ammunition line. The company is headquartered in Concord, NC.

For more information please visit: www.blackwaterworldwide.com

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NightFire
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NightFire

Having been in construction my entire life, the words “Contractor Grade” scream cheap and low quality to me

CEMinMO
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CEMinMO

I was thinking the very same thing when I saw it. I would like to test some, though, and publish what I find.

StWayne
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StWayne

I wouldn’t put too much stock in the words “contractor grade,” as that doesn’t really mean anything. I see no real-world benefit to using a split case design like that. To a truth, a design like this only lends itself to an additional point of possible failure: more moving parts equals greater chances of mishap. The math says it’s as simple as that, and Murphy couldn’t agree more. So much so, he even made it a law. Guns can be strange things that seem to like one band of ammo in favor of another. Bullet design through co-efficiency will speak… Read more »

Finnky
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Finnky

@StWayne – Given that there are no +P+ specs other than being in excess of +P, no manufacturer is ever going to be willing to guarantee that their firearm can safely handle it. Most modern firearms are rated for +P, and I dare say can handle a limited amount of factory +P+ – but I wouldn’t feed as steady diet to any. Any manufacturer I’ve seen state that they handle +P, also says to avoid overuse as the higher pressure cycles the action more violently and accelerates wear. My thought is if you need the power of +P+, then you’re… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

You are correct. +P+ is not something you would want to feed your “standard” 9mil with on a daily basis, just enough to get familiar with it. After that, it’s a small matter of getting to know what to expect from it, and hoping that you never have to use it. There are many rounds and calibers that prove less effective than others on human beings jacked up on this drug or that, with many, many police reports documenting this. Which, of course, is why the venerable .38 special has long since gone the way of the wind with LE.… Read more »

Firewagon
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Firewagon

Not bad, a little long, but no bad and mostly correct. I don’t use any Underwood ammo, except for testing, so not sure they build a +P+ 9mm; however, Buffalo Bore does and they give 1347 FPS for their 124-grain FMJ-FP out of a Browning MarkIII and about 1298 FPS from a Glock 19 – both rating over 400-foot pounds of energy. Everyone’s preferences combined with their ‘actual’ abilities should determine what they decide to use to defend their life or that of another. if power and recoil are part of the determining factors, I’m unsure how ramping that up… Read more »

Firewagon
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Firewagon

Nope. Does look interesting. Runs about the same price as the Buffalo Bore (BB) stuff with fewer options and not quite as hot. In order to shoot enough to stay somewhat capable, I roll my own. Years ago, testing that BB 10mm/180/HP I discovered that, at that time, they were using Starline brass with Speer’s 180-grain GDHP (bonded) bullet. I’m not sure that load is the same today? I was able to get ‘my’ facsimile to replicate that BB loading in my pistols, G29 and G20 w/BarSto ported 6″ barrel & red dot sight. This is no exercise I recommend… Read more »

CEMinMO
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CEMinMO

Any modern Ruger should be safe and Springfield Armory has told me that my XD9 9mm and XDs ACP are fine with +P and (in strings of 50 or so at a time) +P+..

Firewagon
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Firewagon

Love Ruger guns. Have, since long before ole Bill passed through those pearly gates! Folks might should be asking themselves what they ‘know’ their cabailities are with firearms, or better, maybe taking a page from ole Harry, “A Man Should Know His Limitations.” Why do people want to turn their 9mm’s into some kind of 9mm magnum with +P or +P+ ammo? What was the reason for jumping on the 9mm wagon over any of the BIGGER boys? Limiting or gentler recoil, speeding up followup shots? Guess what happens when you start feeding ‘comfy boy’ +P or worse +P+ fodder… Read more »

Knute
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Knute

Firewagon
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Firewagon

May have grown too oldt to remember such. I tell my Ruger story about every chance I get. Whatever Bill may have ‘wrongly’ advocated for during his stay here, his manufacturing legacy lives! When my first born son was about 14-15 years of age, he and his cousin were stomping down the N GA woods one day. He had his Ruger Blackhawk in a holster on his hip. At some point, he slipped and fell into a creek full of running water, and got himself and his gear drenched. I don’t recall when I found out about it, however, the… Read more »

CEMinMO
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CEMinMO

Joining materials that expand and contract at different rates and placing under high pressure at high heat doesn’t inspire me to think that case life would be long for the reloader OR the safest way to go.

StWayne
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StWayne

That was exactly what I was trying to imply: more “moving Parts” equals a greater tendency towards failure, and at the worst possible moment. Such is life.

Core
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Core

Give them credit for doing something different. Doing things differently often leads to evolution and that’s a good thing. Would want 50rd boxes. Most 9mm mags these days holds over 20rds or damn near. Nice to have a few rounds to shoot from each box to inspire confidence in the box and maintain skills. Projectiles look promising. Can’t say I’d want to reload these, but who knows. A contractor isn’t going to reload in theater unless it’s dire circumstances. Im looking for a 9mm cartridge for my 3 incher that will cut the mustard. Any suggestions? Looks like 124 might… Read more »

CEMinMO
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CEMinMO

I say this a lot, but will repeat it here. The reason people complain about how much more expensive the rounds are in the 20-rd. boxes compared to the 50-rd. is mostly unwarranted. They are virtually NEVER the same product! They may have the same bullet at the same velocity specs, but there are important differences. 50-rd. boxes usually contain rounds with cases that are not nickel plated, thereby not feeding as smoothly and developing tarnish and corrosion. Primers and case mouths are almost never sealed. Powders are almost never flash-suppressed, either, in the 50-rounders. Important things to consider into… Read more »

Gerry
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Gerry

Hmmm….. “Contractor grade”….. aimed toward the hired assassin market?!?!?!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Gerry, Hey, I have a lot of extra stuff that I’d like to sell. Do you have a phone number for any of the many hired assassins that you know?

Finnky
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Finnky

@Gerry – Aimed at selling to tactical (mall) ninjas, who think that military contractors are the tougher than soldiers. As they are effectively mercenaries, mostly retired soldiers – most certainly are tougher than “soldiers” such as Buttegieg who was issued a commission without most of the training and who’s duty was to drive an SUV for dignitaries while being protected by real soldiers.
Don’t object to that type of duty, but claiming it makes one uniquely qualified or is equivalent to being a combat vet cancel all credibility and respect for serving.

JIAZ
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JIAZ

I can still buy *50 Round Boxes* of Federal 9mm 115 Grain +P+ JHP for .30 to .32 cents per round. I’m good.
Runs great in 92FS, P226, G17/19/26.

Sure, it’s an old-school round, but for decades it stopped many an old-school bad guy.

Recommended for quality made, ”duty pistols” only,

CEMinMO
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CEMinMO

JIAZ: Federal 9BPLE (9mm 115gr. +P+) is a VERY good round and one of the exceptions to the rule (see my reply to Core above). It was developed and marketed at a time when 50-rd. boxes were about the only way handgun ammo was packaged and this load is still packaged the same way..

JIAZ
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JIAZ

@CEMinMO
Agreed 100%

Matt in Oklahoma
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Matt in Oklahoma

Like the conversation I had with my son when he started his business: you either have to have something others don’t or lower prices to enter an established market.
I’m not seeing price or performance that isn’t easily obtained already.
My panties ain’t gonna drop at a name or logo.

Grigori
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Grigori

One more company inflicting those damnable 20 round boxes on its customers. Why no fifty round boxes? Oh, because it’s easier to gouge your customers with the 20’s.

Grigori
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Grigori

Anything under 50 rds in normal handgun calibers sucks.

Out of curiosity, why do you hate the 25’s worse?

gcm
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gcm

Well 50rnds would fill my drum, what about the others? That’s why I like buying loose bulk, you can stuff your pillow case, and sleep like a baby.

CEMinMO
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CEMinMO

Please see my reply to Core above. . . .

RoyD
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RoyD

Just so everyone not familiar with these cases will know, while they are “reloadable” it takes a specific set of dies to do it properly. Basically the sizing die has a spring loaded decapping rod that helps prevent the base of the case from separating from the body during the sizing operation.

Rock
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Rock

Just more shit to put up with OR go wrong… Nice NEW “gimmick”, but no thanks, will stick to conventional cases for reloading. Reloading for almost 50 years.