Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review - Federal .40 S&W Ammo from Part 1

A few weeks ago I was contacted by . They wanted to know if I would like to review some ammo and their new web site. I gladly accepted. Who would turn down free ammo? They sent me a 50 round box of Federal .40 S&W ammo.

This is going to be a two part review. The first part is going to review's website. Part 2 will be a review of the ammo itself. is a currently a small ammo distributor. They carry all of the most popular calibers, but not much in the way of oddball rounds. They carry .357, .38 SP, .380 ACP. .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and 9mm pistol ammo. They also carry .22 LR, .223, .308. 5.56X45, 7.62X49, and 12 GA. You can see from this offering that their target demographic is the home defense user, not hunters. That said, they do offer some great products for hunters.

For instance, in .308 they carry both Barns Vortex and Federal Fusion. These are excellent hunting rounds. If you hunt with buckshot, this is the place to come. They even carry the very hard to find #1 Buck in 12 GA. They also carry other hard to find shotgun loads like #9 game loads (my favorite for doves) along with easy to find, but expensive, Federal Black Cloud.

While they do not carry a great selection of calibers, they do offer a wide variety of choices within the calibers they carry. For instance, they currently offer 80 types of 9mm ammo and 17 types of .308 ammo.  This is better than any of the local gun shops I frequent and better than the Bass Pro Shops website.

When shopping with smaller distributors you may have a smaller selection of ammo, but you get much better service. They respond to emails quickly and with a personal touch.

I absolutely love that they list exactly how many boxes of ammo they have in stock. Nothing is more infuriating than making a purchase and then finding out that it is back ordered.

I was told that they recently revamped their web site. It is possibly the easiest to navigate of any ammo seller I have shopped at. The design is intuitive and simply works. I am the webmaster for several commercial web sites. As such, I must tip my hat to's good design.

The prices on are comparable with other online retailers and much better than local gun shops. What offers that most other places do not is SALES! Their special prices are very good, especially if you buy in bulk. Right now they have 1000 rounds of  Federal .40 S&W for $280.00! I don't know how long this sale will last, but that is a great deal!

Anyone who buys ammo online knows that shipping is expensive. is no exception. It is expensive enough that buying one box of ammo at a time is not a viable option. However, if you plan on buying several boxes, the shipping is very reasonable. The shipping cost does not go up very much when you add additional items. The shipping for one box of .40 S&W was $12, but the shipping for 8 boxes of the same ammo was only $14. This is very reasonable.

The ammo I received was packaged very well.
The thing I like most about their shipping is that they are located in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond is only two hours from my house, so my package arrived very fast. There are not many online ammo sellers in this area. If you live in the DC, Richmond, Tidewater area and you want your ammo fast, this is the place to go.

Even if you do not live close to Richmond, shipping is fast. They got my stuff out same day. This is one of the benefits of shopping with a small seller, your order does not get stuck processing for a few days.

If you are looking to buy in bulk and if they carry the type of ammo you need, is worth checking out. I know next time I need to make a big order, I will be checking them first!

I was not paid to do this review. It is my honest opinion. 

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