I've had no problems with federal aluminum 9mm,in fact it seems to me that it shoots a bit softer than brass cased ammo. I'm not sure which is better, shooting aluminum from my Shield or G19 or not picking up brass..
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Posts: 70 | Location: South St. Louis | Registered: November 02, 2009
I've fired cases of it through a G19, 229 .40 and Colt .45 Auto.
Zero issues and the only people it seems to piss off are the indoor range owners who collect the brass and sell it to remanufacturers. A lot of indoor ranges ban it for that reasonsb but function wise, I'll buy it everytime if it's cheaper than brass by more than a small amount.
Posts: 3095 | Location: "You can't just go to Walmart with a gift card and get a new brother." Janice Serrano | Registered: May 03, 2005
I’ve never tried Federal aluminum, but the same overall company makes CCI Blazer aluminum and I’ve fired and seen fired about a gazillion rounds of the stuff. I have experienced a few (maybe 3-5) dud rounds, one whose case was too long (wish I’d kept it), one without an extractor groove, and one with a deformed bullet. All the rest have done what they were designed to do. The 9mm 115 grain loads are a little on the wimpy side like some similar loads made by other manufacturers, so if they cause slow slide speed failures in one’s guns, don’t use them.
The greatest danger with using aluminum cased ammunition is that one may end up being shunned by the Firearms Amish for sinning against a high quality gun. It’s considered sort of sacrilege like putting unsanctified water in the baptismal font. It’s not that using aluminum cased ammunition does any harm, but it offends sensibilities. (No intent to malign the real Amish, but there are similarities in how both groups look at those who don’t conform to the group’s values.)
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It's a little bit on the dirty side and has a funky ammonia like smell. It shoots fine in all of my pistols except a CZ75 SA and will stovepipe every other round with it. The CZ has eaten all brands/types of Brass ammo without a single failure. Don't use it in a revolver as it can be a bear to extract the cases out sometimes.