The New ADI 450

The New ADI 450

According to ADI there is an imminent announcement about the future of AP70/100. Any gun shop will tell you that they are out of stock and can't get more so it looks as though AP70/100 is going the way of the Dodo. ADI is saying that there will be a replacement for 70 and 100 "soon" (APS650 and APS950) and admit it is a slow process and while many of us have good stock of 70/100 there are many who do not.  So I thought it'd be worth trying one of the new powders closest to my usual go-to choice of AP70 to see how it stacks up. 
APS450 is the replacement for AP50 and as close to AP70 as possible right now.

In comparison to AP70 in 9MM, preliminary testing is indicating that a decreased powder charge of around 0.1 to 0.2 grains is a good starting point for working up a load for APS450. For example, 3.8 of AP70 with a TGRSRK 135GN HP will run at a PF of 131.2 whereas a charge of 3.6 of APS450 will give a PF of 129.8. There are no guarantees that the results for each bullet weight will correlate exactly to a decrease from AP70 of 0.1 or 0.2 and further testing is required. Initial results are as per the picture below.

A full report with additional data and accuracy observations will follow.
May 12, 2019 by Steve Hoy

Brodie McIntosh wins at NSW IPSC State Titles

The NSW IPSC Handgun Championships was held in Albury at the Hume Pistol Club on April 5 -7 this year. 

The match was an IPSC International sanctioned Level 3 match consisting of 12 stages over 2 days. Hume Pistol club always puts on a good challenging match as this year lived up to past State Titles.

Brodie was successful in securing Open Overall Champion, Gold Medal Grand Master, and Presidents Medal. Brodie now has a short break before he then starts preparations for the 2019 Australasians in The Philippines later this year. 

(Brodie uses Tigershark 123GN RN) 

April 11, 2019 by Addition Collaborator

Tigershark 123 Gn HP's

You just can't get better than 123 Gn.HP's (9MM/38 Super) in an Open gun (major PF).  Here are 2 groups of 5 shots at around 18 meters from a rest.  Thanks, Tristan M. for sharing.  

March 29, 2019 by Addition Collaborator

New Packaging

Our next shipment arriving next week will be packed in our new boxes.  These boxes will present better in retail shops and will start shipping next week.  The first stock in this packaging will be 123HP's and over time we will gradually change over from the original plastic bags.

February 25, 2019 by Steve Hoy

MantisX Training System

Of all the thousands of products at the recent SHOT Show one product really impressed me.  Something that might help to understand what happens during and after trigger press and something that would likely sharpen skills or diagnose problems. And as Rod Leatham says "Aiming is meaningless"  (if you move the gun during the shot). Called MANTISX it's a laser training aid that records your aim, trigger press, shot break and displays the movement during each 3.  Additionally it shows you (on the free App connected by Bluetooth) where the shot hit and and gives you a score out of 100 for each shot in a string.  It also provides suggestions to improve your score.

MANTISX can be used in live fire and dry fire with the tiny unit mounted on your pistol's integrated rail, or mounted on your magazine base with an adapter. 

MantisX will be available form our website soon at $295.  Magazine adapters $15

For more info have a look at this review 

February 12, 2019 by Steve Hoy

Pistol Australia Lifts Restrictions on Ammunition

As many will be aware for some time that Pistol Australia (PA) only permitted lead ammunition to be used in matches and all forms of jacketed and copper coated ammunition were banned (August 2017 NRC Newsletter). This was reinforced in PA's written advice (June 2018) where the National Referee's council reiterated that “All projectiles used must be made only of lead or similar soft material. Jacketed projectiles are not permitted.” (specifically referring to Centre Fire and Service Matches). Further, they said that they provide a "simple" scrape test to assist clubs to determine the style of bullet used. This test was not so simple and some club officials often felt it was easier to ban anything on appearance rather than on fact.
In the meantime, many competitors were moving away from lead ammunition in favour of copper coated bullets and putting pressure on the association to update their position. At PA's late 2018 AGM evidence was presented and the decision was made to relax the rules.
PA's position now lifts the blanket restriction banning copper and FMJ ammunition and allow individual ranges/clubs to decide what ammunition is permitted according to their local rules and approvals. Specifically: "All projectiles must comply with local range approved conditions and club regulations"
OK, so this doesn't always help those who are members of clubs that ban FMJ's or anything that "looks like" an FMJ (to the untrained eye) but it's a strong argument supporting your push to have your club rules updated in line with PA's rules. If you need any help convincing your club to update or understand the difference between FMJ's and copper please let me know.

February 12, 2019 by Steve Hoy

New Shipment Arriving Early March

Another shipment of Tigershark's are on their way and expected to land first week of March.  This shipment will include some new lines such as 158HP in .356 for those crazy SIG shooters, more stock of .358 180's, 124GN 9MM FMJ (just a few to try) and re-stock of all lines including the ever popular .356 123HP's.


February 12, 2019 by Steve Hoy

Lead Dust and Your Health

The Victorian Department of Health has published a brochure warning of the dangers of lead dust in shooting.  I note that one of the recommendations is to:  "...use lead-free ammunition - ammunition that replaces lead-based primers with safer alternatives and/or ammunition that uses lead-free or jacketed projectiles that have a lead core covered with a copper or nylon coating" 

So the message is to take reasonable precautions when using or cleaning firearms and range equipment/surfaces and keep using copper coated bullets! 

Full document available here

October 05, 2018 by Steve Hoy

Skills and Tactics a One Day Course in IPSC

2 dates available Monday October 1 and Tuesday October 2

Instructor:  Paul Hagiantoniou 
Australian IPSC Production Division Champion


A full day course for medium to advanced IPSC shooters covering techniques to help you improve your skills.  Including:

Art of the draw

Shooting one handed

Efficiency of movement to improve your score

Super smooth reloads

Shooting on the move

Cadence and rhythm

Arc of shooting technique

Eye movement - leading the gun with your eyes

Swingers – how to Alpha a moving target


More info...

August 08, 2018 by Steve Hoy