Pistol tracer rounds?


April 26, 2004, 09:26 PM
Do they exist? If so, for what calibers and where can I find them? Links anyone? Thanks

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April 26, 2004, 09:40 PM
Can't answer your question - but interesting that apparently others enjoyed "Quiggly Down Under" as well. I'd have to say the reverse is true for me though - never had much use for a rifle .... didn't say I don't know how to use one though.

Joshua Hutchison
April 26, 2004, 10:03 PM
:confused: That was odd......

April 26, 2004, 10:43 PM
I've seen tracers in 9mm Parabellum and .45ACP. I don't know of anyplace that stocks them, though I've seen then occasionally on GunBroker.com.

Mr. Mysterious
April 27, 2004, 12:49 AM
We use 9mm tracers in the army as AT4 simulators.

April 27, 2004, 03:33 AM
The US Military has tracers for both .45 7 9mm. I usually buy mine at the Knob Creek shoot since the price it a little better.

GunBroker has a guy who sells new commercial tracer ammo in several calibers. But it's pricey though.

Hornady has sadly discontinued their Vector tracer ammo. It wasn't quite as bright military stuff but it was quite useable. You can occasionally still find some at gun shows.

Missouri Mule
April 27, 2004, 01:46 PM
Doesn't or didn't Hornady sell their version of handgun trainer tracers to the public. I haven't seen or heard much about them for a while now.

Jim K
April 27, 2004, 04:44 PM
Tracers were made for both .45 and .38 Special during and after WWII. Tracers are currently made for 9mm. .45 tracers were sometimes used in submachineguns (more in training demos than in combat) but both calibers were mainly intended to be issued with pistols and revolvers carried by aviators. They would be used as a means of signalling search and rescue aircraft if necessary.


Pappy John
April 27, 2004, 05:07 PM
I have a package of 10 in .45 ACP that a friend gave me last year. I haven't used them yet, but the others that he was using at the time worked well. The packaging lists a web site of http://www.hi-vel.com (www.hi-vel.com). The company is in Delta, Utah.

Mr. Mysterious
April 27, 2004, 09:28 PM
Thanks for that webpage, they have some neat stuff on there!

April 27, 2004, 10:50 PM
Delta, Utah huh? That's only about an hour's drive from where I live. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the link, Pappy John.

I've heard of people using Hornady Vectors in their carry mags. The jist was that you would put one of your regular rounds in the mag, then a vector, then the rest with your regular rounds. Then, if you ever need your gun, you have a visual reminder that you've only got 1 left (time for a tac-reload).

Don't know much about all that, but it sounds like some good thinking to me.


Mr. Mysterious
April 27, 2004, 11:19 PM
Thefumegator, that is pretty common in the military. I know that I load my last 3 rounds so that they are tracers, same rational that you stated.

I also ocassionally have a magazine with all tracers that I'll use if on patrol, if we would make contact it would give the sense that there is more firepower than there really is. The reason for that being that normally you have 1 in 4 tracers, and if you go cyclic with an entire magazine of tracers it appears like more firepower on a small patrol.

Speaking of other neat tracers they have IR tracers that can only be seen with NODs on. Those are pretty neat!

Also a lot of times a squad leader, platoon leader, or a platoon sgt will have a few magazines of all tracers to direct fire towards a certain target. This really isn't used as much now because of the advent of paq4's you have the ability to do that using a laser that is invisible to the naked eye.

April 28, 2004, 11:56 AM
I've seen tracer rounds in different calibers in the Cabelas catalog. you might try their website for a more complete selection.


April 28, 2004, 12:11 PM
Cabela's has some .22 tracer ammunition. Here is the link:

Cabela's .22 tracers (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jhtml?id=0024233215331a&navAction=push&navCount=2&indexId=cat20839&podId=0024233&catalogCode=IE&parentId=cat20839&parentType=index&rid=&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fcatalog%2Fitem-link.jhtml.1_A&_DAV=MainCatcat20712&hasJS=true)

April 28, 2004, 07:06 PM
Like Mr. Mysterious said... I've used 9mm tracers in AT-4 simulators. Holy man, did that make me aware of how much those bullets arc!! :what:

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