The 2022 Australian & New Zealand Handgun Magazine is just out and features an in-depth review on Tigershark Bullets by well respected firearms expert & magazine contributor Geoff Smith.
The testing starts with weighing and measuring the projectiles and then delves into detailed testing for suitability and accuracy. Load data is included for 9MM, 357 Mag and 44Mag.
We have a new order going in to the factory so this is your chance to grab one or more of our very popular competition shirts. Made by Icarus these shirts are produced in a fine light "DryFit" fabric - perfect for hot days on the range.
Note that there is some very slight changes to our classic design
Orders must be in by November 30 - More details here
A new shipment of MantisX shooting training systems has arrived. We have selected to stock the X10 Elite Dry/Live Fire and the X2 Dry Fire system. Our most recent shipment has nearly sold out but more are on the way.
The X10 has it all suitable for live and dry fire practice, including recoil analysis and draw analysis.
Add some fun into your dry fire training with a MantisX
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Tigershark are the exclusive Australian/NZ distributor for FTP's competition grade red dot optic.
Designed specifically for competition rather than LEO/military/competition. Built without compromise with all the features a competition shooter needs.
- Made in Japan
- Crystal clear glass
- One of the largest micro red dot large windows available. Bigger than a DPP or SRO
- Super bright 6 or 8 MOA dot
- Mounts on RTS2 platform (may need slight milling of blast shield or optic cut to accommodate the larger sight)
- Motion sensor - auto on/auto off (after 3 minutes of no movement)
- 30 month warranty with direct swap over (as long as we have stock)
Check out this review by the Humble marksman
Available to purchase at merchandise
If you're tired of pulling the handle we'll do it for you!
Competition rated ammo for less $ than most factory ammo!
Made with either brand new, once fired or recycled brass. All recycled or once fired brass brass is washed, polished and resized to spec. Once loaded it is chamber checked to ensure 100% function.
Power Factor around 130 depending on conditions and gun
Sorry, we can't post ammo it must be collected in Brisbane. Contact us to roder (we can't sell it on our ecommerce platform as it's loaded ammunition)
Queensland License to Manufacture Explosives: 2000050
Without doubt Hornady Action Pistol (HAP) bullets have long been considered the benchmark for accuracy particularly for those needing precision at longer ranges. HAP's are a jacketed hollowpoint and their construction is quite different from Tigershark copper plated bullets. The manufacture of HAPs provides a very precise and uniform construction that leads to great accuracy when teamed with quality pistols and loads. While Tigershark's are constructed differently due to the design, rigorous quality control and uniformity, the accuracy that can be achieved with Tigershark's is as good, or at least very close to HAP's as can be demonstrated in the photos below (using Tigershark 123HP's) - and they're less than half the price. Grab some now.
These groups were shot using the same pistol and load by one of our Tigershark customers so thank you to Greg Armstrong for allowing us to publish the results of his work.
Ballistics is a Black Art, well not really but it sometimes seems to be with so many variables involved that subtle changes to bullet weight, powder, primer, OAL, etc, etc can have dramatic results
Usually, with 9MM at minor power factor we find that great accuracy can be obtained with all weights and shapes from 115RN to 145RN/HP and, most competition shooters will have a preference for light, medium or heavy bullets that give a perceived difference in recoil – either slower/softer (heavier bullets) or snappy/quick (lighter bullets) for faster slide movement and perceived quicker follow-up shots). Now, how can you have the same perception (at identical power factor) you ask? - see what I mean about ballistics being a black art when we start talking about perceived differences). The difference really comes down to the preference of the shooter and sometimes their level of skill. Slower, heavier bullets will allow the shooter to more easily see the full recoil arc and therefore enable to “call the shot”. Lighter bullets tend to move the slide faster and can allow for a quicker follow up shot. However, if we get too caught up in the “feel” we are relegating accuracy to a secondary consideration. Without going in to how powder or other variables can affect accuracy, some individual pistols will be inherently more accurate with certain weights or shapes and this I believe is as important or an even more important factor in selecting the perfect load for your competition ammo. There’s more on the choosing heavy or light bullets at https://tigersharkballistics.com.au/pages/recoil-heavy-or-light-bullets
When we start getting into Major Power Factor for Open division pistols other things come in to play such as requiring loads that produce enough gas to work the compensator/popple holes to minimise muzzle movement in recoil. In Major PF barrel twist rate and its relation to bullet shape can become more of a factor affecting accuracy. Generally speaking, heavier (longer for calibre) bullets require a higher twist rate to optimise stability with pistol barrels being produced anywhere from a relatively slow 1:32 to a fast 1:10. Barstow Barrels are 1:16 with Schuemann offering 1:16 to 1:32. Some bullet shapes are inherently more stable and at Major PF velocities the difference in stability can be more noticeable and is evidenced in better accuracy. Tigershark “Hollow Points” are markedly different in shape to the equivalent weight round nose projectile with much more of a truncated cone shape compared to the tapering ogive of a round nose. It is thought that this shape is more inclined to stay on axis to target particularly at high velocity and may explain why many Open division pistols shoot very accurately with HP's.
Yes, it's a black art but once you find a load combination that works for you, stick with it.
Accuracy testing in 38 Super using cast lead,
Tigershark 123 RN & HP's
Note that Tigershark bullets are factory rated to 1500FPS velocities higher than that can have a detrimental effect on accuracy as the bullet can become distorted and unstable. The minimum velocity in Open division for a 123GN bullet is just over 1300FPS so usually, this is not a problem.
Testing credit to T Mason.
More information on twist rates at http://www.schuemann.com/Portals/0/Documentation/Webfile_Barrel_Twist_Rate.pdf
Due to the increase in courier costs, we have found it necessary to raise the threshold for our Free Delivery. From today free shipping is for orders over $249 -which pretty much covers all products bought by the box. Additionally, for those customers in regions not covered by our Free Delivery offer, we have recently added more shipping options that are at budget rates. These rates are available now and you can be select the best rate at check-out.
Check out this group submitted by Phil Wright and shot by Darren Scott with a CZ SP01 Orange. 10 shots from 15M one hole! Phil and Darren are part of the Cobram Pistol Club team heading to the VAPA state championships and all of them are using Tigershark's (no wonder with accuracy like this!). Thanks for sharing the image Phil.
So before that knockers have their say, ultra clean shiny cases don't help you shoot better but handling fired cases can be hazardous as lead and other contaminants are easily transferred to the skin when reloading. Also, I'm not going to go into talking in detail about the pro's and con's of wet vs. dry (vibratory) cleaning except to say I have been wet tumbling for at least 3 years now and am very happy with how it works over dry, particularly how it cleans the inside of cases. Not to mention the health benefits that go along with avoiding airborne lead that can be present when dry tumbling.
Moving along, my recipe for cleaning used Lyman Turbo Sonic and Lemishine with 4KG of cases and 2L of water tumbled for 90 minutes which gave me pretty good results. But in recent times I had started to notice that the brass wasn't coming out quite so well as it used to with cases not so shiny and kind of pale looking. I thought I'd try something else and bought some MP103 burnishing compound from Aussie Sapphire substituting it for the Lemishine/Turbo Sonic. Although the results improved they were still not 100%
With not much else to do over breakfast, I researched (Googled) why this might be happening and, of course, with the internet full of opinions about recipes and what to use and not to use blah, blah I saw someone say that cleaning the media occasionally is a good idea. Really? - aren't the pins cleaned in the process? Anyway, no harm giving it a go so I threw in a couple of liters of water and a dishwashing tablet and in a few minutes that water had gone black!
See photo below.
I then proceeded to rinse and ran it through a wash cycle again this time I threw in some car wash (it was at hand) and ran it through again. The water was now looking much clearer and with a final good rinse, I ran 4KG of dirty cases through using MP103 burnishing compound. I set the tumbler for my usual 90 minutes. 10 minutes later I checked on progress and to my surprise, the cases looked clean already. Grabbing one out of the soupy mix (using a spoon) its appearance was stunning! I can't believe the difference.
A good rinse and separation of media and you can see how they turned out - pretty well like new.