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FedArm Ammo Review: Hard Pass

FedArm Ammo Review

I’ve shot a lot of questionable ammo in my lifetime…From Russian steel core corrosive 7.62x54R to gun show reloads that looked like they were dragged through the jungles of Vietnam before being sold. And I would trust all of those with my life A LOT more than anything sold by Federal Armament LLC (FedArm for short).

When it comes to FedArm ammo, I’ve got just two words for you:

Hard Pass

It doesn’t take much digging to find some scathing FedArm reviews about split cases, under/over charged cartridges, projectiles falling out cases, and incorrectly seated primers. The company’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) profile tells the whole story, 1.2 out of 5 stars. That’s abysmal!

Not only does the company have a bad reputation for suboptimal ammo, but their CFO and co-owner Neil Mehta was arrested by the FBI in January 2023 for unlawful possession of an unregistered destructive device. The company is also under investigation by the US Department of Labor for lying to investigators about employee’s overtime pay (or lack thereof).

I hate having to write a bad ammo review, but FedArm ammo should be avoided at all costs unless you find it for next to nothing on Gunbroker.

Is FedArm a Good Brand for Ammo?

I would not recommend FedArm ammo. Even though the company boasts multiple military, government, and law enforcement contracts, FedArm ammo is plagued by numerous manufacturing inconsistencies and experiences a high volume of misfires.

Pros and Cons?

Honestly there are not a lot of positive things to say about FedArm ammo at this point. I suppose if you like practicing malfunction clearing with countless jams and misfires, then FedArm ammo is a great training investment. However, the quality control and consistency of FedArm ammo is so poor that it’s hardly worth buying. Furthermore, as the company is currently embroiled in multiple lawsuits, they don’t have any ammo for sale even on their own website.

Which Calibers are Available?

FedArm offered a selection of remanufactured rimfire, centerfire rifle and handgun ammo in different chamberings, here are some of their most popular handloads:

FedArm Ammo History and Important Information

Federal Armament LLC was established in 2014 and holds multiple Federal Firearm’s Licenses (FFL’s) as the company sells ammunition, their own brand of reloading components, firearms, firearm accessories, and body armor.

The company is owned by an investment firm called XN Capital, who is owned by the FedArm CFO, Neil Mehata.

FedArm sells several grades of ammunition, their most common being Blaster and Range Grade loaded with either full metal jacket (FMJ) or total metal jacket (TMJ) bullets. These cartridges are designed to be used just for the fun of shooting, and after you’ve read some FedArm reviews, you’ll understand that most of the joy is lost in the low quality of this ammo.

The company does manufacture its own brand of primers named Forth Smith after the town the factory is located in. As a small plus, the Fort Smith Arms and Ammunition Plant (FSAAP) does manufacture their own Berdan primers, which can be notoriously difficult to find if you’ve ever tried reloading Berdan primed cases before.

FSAAP sells their own brand of AR-15 handguns, rifles, and semi-auto shotguns.

However, as the company is embroiled in multiple legal battles at the moment, the only place you can find any of their firearms or ammo is on Gunbroker.

Where is FedArm ammo made?

FedArm ammo is loaded in their factory in Fort Smith, Arkansas. However, as of June 2023, the company is not currently producing ammunition for sale due to legal entanglements.

FAQ’s

Is FedArm ammo dirty?

Yes, due to manufacturing inconsistencies FedArm ammo is notoriously dirty and inconsistent.

Is FedArm ammo accurate?

No. Most shooters report FedArm ammo as being inconsistent with wide spreads in muzzle velocity and point of impact.

Is FedArm ammo good for hunting?

FedArm currently does not manufacture any ammo that is suitable for big game hunting. Their 223 Remington ammo can be used for varmint hunting if necessary.

What primers does FedArm Ammunition use?

FedArm uses their own brand of primers named “Fort Smith” after the hometown of the company, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Are FedArm cases good for reloading?

I would not recommend using FedArm cases for reloading. Multiple shooters report issues with FedArm brass such as split necks and bulged cases.

Which FedArm 9mm Luger ammo works best in a Glock 17?

FedArm 115 grain FMJ Blaster ammo or Range Grade is a suitable range ammo for general target practice. However, don’t expect to take this ammo to a shooting competition as it is notoriously unreliable.

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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.