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BPS Ammo Review: Turkish Delight for Handgun and Shotgun Shooters

BPS Ammo Review

When you stroll into your local FFL or browse your favorite online store for ammo (which is obviously Ammo.com) hunting for a 50-round box of 9mm Luger, you’re looking for good ammo at a reasonable price.

Over the last few years, finding quality ammunition that won’t break the bank has become more of a task than it was pre-2020. However, one ammunition manufacturer who is trying to ensure shooters like yourself stay at the range instead of home on the couch is BPS Ammunition.

With tons of new products hitting the 2A market seemingly every month, it can be hard to separate the good ammo brands from the questionable ones. Thankfully, you have the experts here at Ammo.com to help you sort through the wheat and chaff for you.

In this ammo review, we are going to take a hard look at BPS Ammo and help you determine if filling your shopping cart with Turkish ammo is a good call or if you’d be better served going with a more mainstream brand like Remington or Winchester.

Is BPS Ammo Good?

Yes, BPS Ammunition acquired their ISO 9001:2015 certificate and manufactures their ammo to meet CIP specs. Some shooters report BPS ammo as having hard primers, which can cause failure to fire (FTF) malfunctions in some firearms.

Pros and Cons?

As much as we love ammo, we understand that no manufacturer is perfect. Here are some of the pros and cons of BPS ammo you should be aware of.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • High quality brass is great for reloading

Cons

  • Potential for hard primers
  • Only offerings are 9mm Parabellum and 12 gauge shotgun shells

Which Calibers are Available?

BPS currently manufactures the following calibers:

BPS Ammo History and Important Information

BPS Balıkesir Explosives Industry and Trade Inc (BPS for short) is a small arms company established in 2014 located in Balıkesir, Turkey. Founded by Mehmet Akif Yavaşca and Müşteba Yavaşca, BPS Ammunition strives to produce extremely high-quality shotgun and handgun ammo for Turkey, Europe, and North America.

In 2015, BPS joined forces with the Turkish firearms manufacturer the Sarsilmaz Group to increase their global reach and contacts in multiple markets.

9mm ammo

The first BPS 12 gauge ammo rolled off the factory floor in 2016, quickly followed by BPS 9x19mm Parabellum ammo in 2017.

BPS Ammo is manufactured to CIP quality standards, and they are also an ISO 9001:2015 certified company. This means that BPS has strict quality control standards, and they have a documentation system to track lot to lot variability.

In terms of handgun ammo, BPS 9mm Luger ammo comes in two varieties, 115 and 124 grain full metal jacket (FMJ). BPS also produces 9mm blanks for firearms training for military and police. Sadly the company does not have an offering in any other popular handgun cartridge such as 45 ACP40 S&W, or 380 Auto.

In terms of muzzle velocity, BPS 9mm 124 grain FMJ ammo is listed as having 1,210 fps at the muzzle while the 115 grain FMJ is listed as having 1,150 fps of muzzle velocity. Both of these rounds should be more than powerful enough to cycle the action of your run of the mill Glock or Ruger handguns with relative ease but not cost you a trip to the gunsmith with a bag full of exploded handgun parts!

At the time of writing, full metal jacket rounds were the only bullet type BPS offered, which means their ammo is not a good choice for self-defense.

When it comes to 12 gauge shotgun ammo, you have a ton of different options when it comes to BPS shotshells. With a full compliment of birdshot, buckshot, and slugs to choose from, BPS aims to supply shotgunners in all varieties of shooting sports the ammo they need.

One downside to BPS ammo is that they only produce 12 gauge shells and 9mm ammo, meaning if you enjoy centerfire rifles like the AR-15 carbine in 5.56 NATO or a bolt-action hunting rifle like a Remington 700 in 308 Winchester, you’ll sadly need to look for another ammo manufacturer for your practice rounds.

Furthermore, several customer reviews of BPS ammo suggest that the company uses hard primers which can lead to failure to fire malfunctions. Although all the ammo we tested fired without issue, it is possible that older firearms or those with weaker firing pin springs might have problems igniting these primers.

In general, we like BPS ammo. They offer a competitive product at a reasonable price point for what it is. You aren’t going to get match-grade accuracy out of these rounds, however BPS 9mm is a great training round for work at the range and we’d have no problem shooting some sporting clays with their shotgun ammo as well.

Where is BPS ammo made?

BPS Ammunition is made in Balıkesir, Turkey.

FAQ’s

Is BPS ammo corrosive?

No, BPS ammo is loaded with non-corrosive Boxer primers.

Is BPS ammo good for hunting?

12 Gauge Shotgun Shells

BPS 12 gauge shotshells are good for big game and upland game hunting. Loaded with slugs, buckshot, and birdshot, these shotgun shells are reliable and produce a fine pattern for bird, duck, and goose hunting from Alaska to Hawaii and in all the lower 48.

Is BPS ammo accurate?

BPS ammo is more than accurate enough for target practice, plinking, and general range work. It is not match-grade but it was accurate enough in our hands and produced acceptable shot groups.

What primers does BPS Ammunition use?

BPS uses non-corrosive Boxer primers in all their centerfire ammunition.

Are BPS cases good for reloading?

Yes! BPS uses high quality brass cases that are Boxer primed, which are perfect for reloading.

Does BPS make 22LR?

No, BPS Ammunition does not currently manufacture rimfire ammo.

Which BPS 9mm ammo is best for a Glock 17?

My favorite BPS load for my Glock 17 is their 124 grain FMJ target load. This cartridge has a muzzle velocity of 1,210 fps and a muzzle energy of 360 ft-lbs. This load cycled my action without any hiccups and was great for target practice and plinking.

BPS Ammo Review: Turkish Delight for Handgun and Shotgun Shooters originally appeared in The Resistance Library at Ammo.com.

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Sam Jacobs
Sam Jacobs grew up in Southern New England, probably the part of the country with the weakest gun culture. However, from a young age he believed firmly in the right of self defense and the right to keep and bear arms. This, coupled with 12 years of education in public schools and an argumentative nature, meant that he was frequently getting into debates with his teachers about the virtue of the Second Amendment. A precocious student of history and the Constitution, Jacobs became interested in both the practice of armed self defense throughout history as well as the philosophical underpinnings of the Second Amendment. Jacobs has an affinity for the individual and the common man against centralized forms of power and elites, whether they be in the government or the private sector. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which private companies work to subvert the legislative process and to undermine American freedoms outside of normal legal channels. He considers the resolution of how corporate power can hem in Constitutional freedoms to be the most pressing political question of our age. The private sector and the public sector are increasingly indistinguishable from one another, both because of behind-the-scenes corporate chicanery that undermines the legislative process and because private companies are rapidly becoming far more powerful than the federal government. Thus, it is more important than ever to both fight the incursion of private companies into our government and to become independent and self-reliant enough to make it difficult for private companies to hem in your rights. So Sam believes. Jacobs is the lead writer and chief historian with Ammo.com, and is the driving intellectual force behind the content in the Resistance Library. He is proud to see his work name-checked in places like Bloomberg, USA Today and National Review, but he is far more proud to see his work republished on websites like ZeroHedge, Lew Rockwell and Sons of Liberty Media. You can catch him on Quora and Parler as well as on our very own Resistance Library podcast. How many firearms does Sam own and what’s his everyday carry? That’s between him and the NSA.