$16 million Contract Won
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has completed an extensive evaluation process and Winchester has been chosen as its primary source for .40 S&W pistol ammunition. This includes a bonded jacketed hollow point (JHP) service cartridge as well as full metal jacket (FMJ) and frangible training loads.
According to the award notice, Winchester Ammunition won $16 million to supply .40-caliber service and training rounds to the FBI.
Winchester has been supplying the FBI with service and training ammunition for many years and is honoured to be awarded the most recent contract and continue to support the US’ premier law enforcement agency, says the company.
The 180 grain JHP cartridge selected by the FBI is designed with patented technology that utilises a reverse-jacketed, bonded bullet that can penetrate a wide variety of intermediate barriers while maintaining very consistent target penetration and reliable expansion. The nickel-plated cartridge prevents corrosion and ensures smooth feeding and extraction. Flash suppressed powder is used in this cartridge to maintain an agent’s night vision and meet the FBI’s stringent darkened range evaluation.
“The FBI uses one of the most rigorous ammunition tests ever developed and we are very proud that Winchester has been identified as having the best product performance.” Matt Campbell, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Winchester, says.
According to the FBI’s award notice, the agency contracted two manufacturers to fill an $18 million contract. The Illinois-based Winchester will take the lion’s share, supplying $16 million, while the Nebraska-based Hornady Manufacturing will supply the other $2 million.