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Can you still get armor piercing bullets for pistols?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by HANDLOADER, Jun 26, 2008.


    HANDLOADER Well-Known Member

    :confused:Used to have a buddy till he died that shoot armor piercing bullets in a 357 mag never would give any to me or tell me where he go them. Best I rember they were factory made bullets not some of his make. So if any one can help I would be most grateful.

    We won DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    No such thing ever available to reloaders. A couple were labled as such so the media could scare folks.
  4. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I had a box of "armor piercing" .357's probably 28 years ago. Probably Federals. Don't know if they actually WERE A/P, never tried it. But I shot a bigazz water moccasin with one, and it did a number on it!

    I also remember a neighbor that was a cop, and he had some of the same rounds on his duty belt. I can remember him telling me they were a/p for stopping cars, by busting the engine block.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    What you had were probably Remington .357 Highway-Masters.

    They were in actuality just a lead core FMJ pointed bullet designed to shoot through car doors & trunks better then the soft swaged lead .357 bullets of the day.

    The were not all they were cracked up to be, and were certainly not armor piercing rounds.

  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Get some bullets designed for Silhouette shooting. They will hang together pretty good.
  7. chubbmann

    chubbmann Well-Known Member

  8. Bandit01

    Bandit01 Well-Known Member

    but honestly, why would you want them? Yeah they sound cool but overly effective. Like are you really going to stand in front of an approaching vehicle and shoot at it to crack the engine block?

    HANDLOADER Well-Known Member

    I want them because I can have them and yes if it comes down to it I will stand in front of a moving vehical and bust the engine out.

    Crazy I know.
  10. SilentArmy

    SilentArmy Well-Known Member

    It IS a federal felony to manufacture AP ammo for a handgun! I will stick to the fun of shooting standard loads for now rather than the fun with my cellmate for ten yrs in a Fed facility! I do sometimes worry about getting mugged by a fellow in a tank though.:rolleyes:
  11. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I did a search of the government's document:

    It may be illegal to manufacture, import, or sell armor piercing ammo. It may be extra illegal to commit felony drug violations while carrying amour piercing ammo, but there is nothing making armor piercing ammo illegal, that I can find.

    Now that the 1994-2005 assault weapons ban expired:)
  12. SilentArmy

    SilentArmy Well-Known Member


    That search function is cool but you must also Read the code! 478.37 pertains specifically to AP Ammo and its manufacture. I have been in the black helicopters and prefer they not come to my house!
    Try that search on the definition of "manufacuture" to see if it would also mean making same!:eek:
    I am just teasing as I speak in sarcasm but how is making NOT manufacture?
  13. xx7grant7x

    xx7grant7x Well-Known Member

    you can buy AP 5.7x28 rounds that were made before the ban or somehow escaped LEO control on gunbroker sometimes and if you have a 5-7 pistol you'd have ap pistol ammo but it'd be expensive and.....expensive......probably no engine block killers either
  14. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    I am not dumb enough to tell someone on the internet not to worry about something, once they started worrying.

    But I will say, that it is illegal to manufacture imported assault weapons per the 89 Bush ban, a law that never expired. It is a felony. Go to a big gun store or big gun show, and you can see on display, felony violations.

    Notice how you never see any felony violations for possession?
    Like sawed off shotgun? sawed off rifles? Silencers? Fully automatic?

    There are BATF agent walking around incognito at the shows, but they never bust the manufacture felony materials.

    There is also the problem that handloading is not manufacture.
    I know that half the debaters on the internet think that it is, and half think that it isn't, but I am not aware of a single conviction.
    Even during the 10 years when 308 AP ammo was illegal to manufacture, no one got arrested that I know about. And there were 30-06 AP bullets going into handloads for half the 308 FALs on FALFILES.

    But then plenty of people believe in not carrying handloads, man made global warming is a serious threat, 911 was an inside job, big foot is out there, all politicians are really aliens from outer space, etc. And strangely, non of my posts ever dissuade them of anything:)
    ...So I would be fool to tell them not to worry.
  15. ashtxsniper

    ashtxsniper Well-Known Member

    I have heard of people making them by taking a hardened rod of brass or steel and putting it in a lathe. You then turn it down to a sharp point. You can put the steel ones in sabots or mold them inside lead bullets to protect the rifling. The brass ones are fine to shoot by themselves if the diameter is the right size. I have never tried this nor do I intend to but I have heard claims to such so I dont know how much truth there is to this.
  16. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Standard .357 & .44 Mag jacketed or cast lead bullets will bust engine blocks just fine. The trick is to hit the thin water jacket sections of the block and let the water out.

    Truth be known, nothing you can fire one-handed can be relied on to "Bust an engine block" though.

    Just getting a shot past the wheel & tire, fender well, steering column, frame, motor mounts, and assorted & sundry junk like power steering & AC pumps & brackets, alternators, smog canisters, etc. make shooting a modern car engine from the side problematic, even with .308 armor piercing.

    But from the front, a .22 LR will do as well, if you shoot the radiator full of holes and let the water out.

  17. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    However, "armor piercing ammunition" is defined as:

    Whether or not the bullet actually can pierce armor is irrelevant. Any bullet will pierce armor if it goes fast enough, anyway. So just don't make a bullet out of those materials, or an FMJ with a really heavy jacket (you'll notice that "Punch Bullets", made for hunting heavy game, have a very small hole drilled in the tip of the jacket, so they're technically JHPs and not FMJ, even though they never actually expand).

    So a copper bullet would be fine. Titanium alloy, hard aluminum alloy, zinc alloy, cobalt alloy, whatever. If it's hard enough to damage barrel steel, slap a thin layer of lead and a copper jacket on it, like steel core ammunition. If it's not on that list, it's not armor-piercing.

    That's for Federal law, anyway. State and local might be different. Like PA defines armor-piercing ammunition as any ammunition which will in fact pierce level IIA body armor. So pretty much all centerfire rifle FMJ ammo is armor-piercing in PA. But it's only illegal to possess or use armor-piercing ammunition (by that definitio) during the commission of a crime.
  18. dastardly-D

    dastardly-D Well-Known Member

    Wasn't there some ''nyclad'' bullets a while back that they wouldn't allow us dumb civilians to have ?
  19. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    See the second post in this thread.

  20. brighamr

    brighamr Well-Known Member

    If you really want armor piercing, buy a 50BMG. I think it will be more effective (with regular ball ammo) than any pistol round.

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