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|Bullet Weight||115 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1180|
Brown Bear ammo comes from the Barnaul Machine and Tool Plant in Russia. They've been around since the beginning of World War II, when they got their start making ammo for the Soviet military. Today, Barnaul is one of Russia's largest ammo makers and they produce a wide variety of cartridges for recreational and sporting use that are sold all over the world. Brown Bear is one of Barnaul's most popular brands and is some of the most affordable steel-cased 9mm ammo on the US market.
Brown Bear ammo is all steel-cased with a unique brown hue that comes from the coat of lacquer that's added to help the cartridges feed better. Like most steel cases, it's Berdan primed and non-reloadable. But the cost savings should help to offset the disposable cases. This 9mm load features a 115 grain bullet with a full metal jacket. Despite some rumors, these bullet have a normal lead core, not a steel core. But the jacket is an alloy of copper and steel, so it will attract a magnet. Some ranges use the magnet test to prevent the use of steel core ammo that could damage targets and backstops. The bi-metal jacket really shouldn't hurt anything. But if your range does use the magnet test, you'll need to switch to some other ammo with a pure copper jacket.
Recoil with Brown Bear was moderate for a 9mm. Case ejection seemed slightly less positive than some other brands. But despite that, we didn't have any feeding failures or other problems in the six firearms we used for the review.
We shot a couple of groups from the bench at 15 yards using the Beretta 92. With that gun, our shots were going a little lower and left of the point of aim, but overall seemed consistent. Then we pushed the target back just a little to 20 yards and tried groups with the Beretta Storm carbine and were able to get an even better group.
With ammo prices always on the rise, it looks like we're seeing a lot more these foreign steel case brands being offered at affordable prices. There's probably more accurate and reliable brass case ammo available. But for typical range use, Brown Bear is an excellent bargain.
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Adequate practice/range ammo for the price
Nothing to write home about, but it'll keep you on the range. Ammunition functioned well in my S&W Shield 9mm and older S&W 469 with no malfunction. Shoots a little dirty, & leaves quite a bit of residue. Best value for cheap, bulk practice ammo. Shipping was very fast. Thank you, Lucky Gunner!
Russian quality control is not good control.
Great value, but some small pistols simply have a hard time firing this ammo. Lots of misfires on a new cleaned and oiled Sig Sauer P290rs (Restrike DAO trigger). I needed to restrike a lot of this ammo. Same pistol fires Winchester FMJ ammo just fine. Same goes for my Walther CCP pistol. This ammo goes through Glock and most larger pistols just fine, but not so well with some of the sub-compact guns. Decent for range ammo.
Runs fine in all my 9mm's
Beretta 92, Sig MPX, and S&W shield had no problem with this ammo. No failures with 300 rounds shot in one session. Recoil impulse felt similar to Federal and WWB across all guns and ejection was positive.
I will buy again.
overall the ammo worked ok, shot it all up with 3 glocks in one range session had about 8 light strikes. I just think for around the same price wolf or tul are a better performer if you shoot the steel cased stuff.
Brown bear is amazing until you start shooting in bulk.
250 rounds only jammed twice. And was well into 200 before it started jamming.
Excellent price made it an easy decision to order.
It would be foolish to let up these prices, and luckygunner is always a easy decision.
Will definitely be back.
For practice only
I've fired about 300 rounds of this ammo through my Glock 34. I find it to be extremely dirty and I've also had a number of fail to fires, although they always fired on a second attempt. I've never had a fail to fire with this gun using any other ammo. If you're only going to use it for target practice and don't mind cleaning your gun it works adequately, with the added benefit of practicing dealing with the misfires. I wouldn't use it in competition.
Plan extra time for un-jamming.
In my Walther, of the 15 rounds I fired, 12 jammed. Super frustrated and gave up. Husband thought it was me and tried my gun and it jammed on him every time and pissed him off. We tried the ammo in his Ruger and it didn't jam at all. Guess my gun is picky on its' ammo. Tried other brands in my 9mm and didn't have a problem, definitely was the ammo.
Not bad for plinking
The ammo feeds really well, no jams. I put 250rds through each my hi point 995ts and my taurus pt111. No jams only one FTF in the hi point. No jams but 7 FTFs in the taurus. 4 fired on the second strike. Overall the ammo is decent for target shooting if you don't mind having to second strike a few times every hundred rds or so.
This ammo is NOT GOOD for self defense
I have to say after 100 rounds my xds 9mm jammed every time do to the coating on the shell. After my xds was hot enough the coating on the shells would melt & cause the shell to stay jammed in the fire arm and I had to get a thin tube to force the shell out. I would NOT recommend this ammo for every day carry ammo for self protection AT ALL.
Smokey but reliable
This is my first experience with this type of ammo and it is certainly a bit dirty and lets off plenty of smoke. I fired 200 rounds and only two FTE (which also created a FTF). Not bad all things considering. The rounds would leave an ash colored residue on my fingers as I would load them to my magazines. For the price it is a good deal, but I'll more than likely not purchase again as they're not good for an indoor range. Make sure you fire them in a well ventilated area!
Great product for the money
I have shot 100 rounds through my px4 sub compact without any problems. I have shot 200 through my carbine also no issues. Although some rounds are reminiscent of close proximity to a black powder rifle lol. I did run into problems with promag glock magizines. But after running other ammo I discovered the mags were junk. Great ammo if you clean your firearms regularly. No misfires or ftf with good mags. I will purchase more real soon.
Superb quality and value!
Have shot thousands of these rounds over the past few years~ my 'go to' rounds in 9mm both indoors (can't police brass) and outdoors. I absolutely have NEVER had a FTFire or FTE in any firearm (well over 20 models) , and have only had one firearm that would occasionally FTFeed (a HK P2000 that had a National Match chamber conversion barrel). This ammo is no dirtier than any other 9mm, is inexpensive to shoot, has acceptable combat range accuracy, and if I absolute feel the need to police the cases outdoors~ a strong magnet on a line picks em' right up.
Unreliable, but loads that fired were consistent.
20% did NOT fire:
We purchased 500 rounds of the ammo. My husband put 40 rounds through a clean S&W MP. Of the 40 rounds fired 8 of them did not fire at all. The unspend rounds were collected and given to the owner of the range for inspection along with the gun. There was a clear dent in the primer showing contact and no reason could be discovered for the problem. 40 rounds of a different brand were then fired through the pistol and there were no problems.
Perhaps this was simply a "bad box". We will try another box soon.
The positive......The rounds that did fire were very consistent loads.
Excellent Value and Quality
I couldn't ask for better range ammo. A little dirty but if you keep your weapons clean, no issues. I've fired over 1000 rounds through my Beretta PX4 and CX4 without a single FTF. Nice ammo for a great price. Quick shipping from Lucky Gunner - I have stopped looking at other websites for ammo - this is the place.
I had never heard of this name before so I asked a couple of friends none of them had heard of them either but they were cheap so I decided to give them a try and now for targets, I will never buy anything else (unless they are giving them away). Just finished my first thousand rounds and not one jam, all thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for Lucky Gunner and Brown Bear I think I found a new home for all my ammo.
Good Range Ammo
Excellent Range Ammo. Shot 100 rounds through a Glock 26 with no issues other than a bit dirty, but NO Biggie as I keep my weapons clean. Shipping was FAST FAST FAST and you just CANNOT Beat the Price for these!!!! I'll be ordering more to be sure!!!!
Brown Bear ammo runs great through the Hi Point Carbine
Ive always bought my ammo from local big box stores. After a while it just got expensive so I looked online and found people recommending luckygunner.com for good cheap ammo and fast shipping. I placed an order for a few hundred rounds of the Brown Bear ammo which runs just as good as the American ammo I was already buying at the time. Didnt know much about Russian made ball ammo, but I do have to say it just works really well for me. The price is right. It fed and fired reliably everytime I used it. This is my new target ammo for the outdoor range I visit. If your looking for good inexpensive target ammo dont overlook the Brown Bear line of ammuntion.
Good Ammo/Good service
I bought 500 rds and I've gone through 450 now on my rugerp95 without a single problem. My only complaints would be that the lacquer coating leaves a puke green residue on your fingertips as your loading and the ammo leaves the gun dirty as hell. Not too much of a problem for me since I clean it every time after shooting but for lazy gunners this ammo is not recommended. The service was nice and shipping fast. another complain might be that the ammo boxes looked like they had gone through a beating.
115 9 mm Brown Bear
priceing and service top notch .Havent yet shot any but expect good range performance in my Glock 17 .I have shot Tull and Wolf 9mm the Tull shot good and no missfires the Wolf seemed a bit dirty and 3 out of 500 rounds failed to fire .They all fed dependably but I would not carry them in a defensive or work situation . I have no reservations wit dealing with Lucky Gunner and am looking foward to future business
a great deal
I've fired about 200-300 rounds of this stuff thru a Glock 26 and an HK USP. I had no FTFs, and I did not find it to be particularly dirty ammo. For the price I paid, the performance and accuracy were top notch.
You're reviewing: 9mm - 115 gr FMJ - Brown Bear - 500 Rounds
Posted On: 5/24/2017 By: Adam
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