PCP Ammunition, located in Orlando, FL is just a hop-skip-and-jump from USSOCOM, and it is even closer to FOG HORN’s southern bat cave. The company has developed a patented process for manufacturing high performance ammunition using a polymer case.
PCP’s spokesman, Tony Padgett, claims a 30% weight reduction over brass cased ammunition. All else being equal, if the ammunition performs reliably in current weapon systems, the DoD should be beating a path to its doors. For well over 3 years, the DoD has had weight reduction initiatives on the table, and ammunition is a major component of the total weight currently humped by soldiers and SOF operators.
PCP’s product line includes 5.56×45, 7.62×51, .300 WinMag, 338 Lapua Magnum, 6.8 SPC and .50BMG. According to its spokesman, the company has tested across its product line extensively and feels that its ammunition is ready for prime time.
One of the challenges associated with polymer cased ammunition is firearm chamber temperatures. The danger of a cook-off is certainly a consideration but our greatest concern is a case meltdown potentially damaging the chamber making the weapon unusable. So, our question to PCP is: are your QC processes tight enough to detect a polymeric breakdown (for example through hydrolysis which can be catalyzed with even mild acids; a byproduct of contaminants under storage conditions) where the case may melt at lower than design temperatures.
We recognize the importance of its development and we are terribly excited about its prospects. It is certainly exciting and positively great news!
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