Tula ammunition derives its name from its birthplace, the Tula Cartridge Works in Tula, Russia. This same plant also produces many of the products branded in the United States as "Wolf Ammunition".
The Tula Cartridge Works was founded in 1880 and is currently one of the largest ammunition manufacturing plants in the world. The Tula name has gained a following worldwide for its rugged, reliable, and economical product. This cartridge complies with CIP requirements and the casing features a polymer-coated steel casing with a non-corrosive Boxer Primer. The projectile features a bimetal jacket (contains steel and copper) and a lead core resulting in excellent ballistics characteristics.
Muzzle Velocity: 990 fps
Max Pressure: 36,250 psi
Video Transcript:Independence Ammo comes from ATK, the same company who makes Speer, Federal, and Blazer ammunition. It's generally intended for economic range practice and features a brass case, non-corrosive primer, and a lead-core bullet with a full metal jacket.
We tested Independence 180 grain for the Smith and Wesson for this review. And looking at the technical specs, it's almost identical to the 180 grain Blazer Brass ammo. It's very possible that they're actually one and the same with just a different label. Blazer Brass is generally excellent range ammo, so Independence should also be a good choice.
We did have one failure to feed with ammo in our Sig P226, but none of our other test guns had any problems. Our 15-yard accuracy test from the bin produced pretty good results as well.
ATK has a very good track record for producing consistent, reliable ammo. And even though it may not be as common as some of their other brands, Independence is a solid performer as well.
|Manufacturer||Tula Cartridge Works|
|Bullet Weight||180 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||No|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||No|
|Cost Per Round||26.5¢ to 27.0¢ per round|
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