FBI divides $35M contract among three ammo companies

The big three ammo companies — Hornady Manufacturing, Winchester Ammunition, and Vista Outdoor — were given their own slice of a $35 million contract with the FBI for training rounds.

The Bureau awarded the contract for “9mm Luger service, reduced-lead training, and frangible ammunition,” according to April 2 announcement.

Taking $19 million, Vista will receive the bulk of the award, which covers up to four years. The company, which manages dozens of brands, said the agency opted for Federal Premium ammunition with a new match-grade bullet and a lead-free primer.

Hornady was contracted to fill an $11 million order. The Nebraska-based company said it will provide Hornad’s 9mm+P Luger 135 grain FlexLock Critical Duty ammunition.

Lastly, Winchester — owned by Olin Corp. — received the remainder of the contract, to the tune of $5 million.

The FBI switched back to issuing a 9mm handgun in 2016, when the agency awarded a contracted valued up to $85 million to Glock. The agency had relied on .40-caliber pistols beforehand.

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