LE ONLY AMMO…What’s the Point?

Federal, Remington and Winchester all offer LE only ammunition. For example, Remington has the bonded version of the Golden Saber which was specifically designed to perform well in the FBI’s testing protocol. Keep in mind passing all aspects of the FBI’s testing protocol does not mean the bullet is any better at stopping bad guys, only that it is very good at shooting through things like wall board, cloth and auto glass.

At any rate, what about this LE Only ammo? Should cops be allowed to carry ammo that law abiding citizens cannot? In truth, a cop is nothing more than a law abiding citizen that has taken a oath.

You should also know that it is not illegal for anyone to own or use LE Only ammo. LE Only ammo is just ammunition that manufacturers ONLY market to law enforcement agencies.Look around on the WEB and you can find it for sale. On one hand, you have to acknowledge the notion that if LE ammo was sold direct to civilians, the anti-gunners could argue against the manufacturer in the case of a shooting. On the other hand, why have a designation between LE and non LE ammo? Oh, I know, it is a marketing tool to get LE agencies to buy ammo.

What say you?


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to LE ONLY AMMO…What’s the Point?

  1. Ed Head says:

    Indeed. What’s the point?

  2. Bob Moore says:

    My self defense ammo is Winchester Ranger T (used to be called Black Talon). I use the +P version in my .45 and the +P+ version in my 9mm.

    This is technically a LE Only ammo, but it isn’t hard to find it for sale online. And it is less expensive than many of the other JHP ammos.

  3. Dan says:

    I think the only LEO only ammunition should be the special stuff that departments have to order on letterhead. Everything else should be available to the general public and and usually is if you know where to look. But slapping that tag on it means they can charge twice as much.

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