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Gee, doesn't this look familiar... (Fiocchi "police" 9mm)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Snowdog, Feb 12, 2003.

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  1. Snowdog

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    Been a while since I've visited any of my regular firearm forums, so just cut me some slack if this has been covered already.

    Receiving my CTD catalog yesterday, I found some Fiocchi 123gr & 147gr 9mm ammo described as a police over-run. I'll probably order a couple boxes for giggles, but they sure do look familiar:

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    Description copied from site:


    It's priced at less than $8/50... decent enough price.

    Is there a consensus on these yet?
    TIA
     
  2. Beorn

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    Turner's Outdoors (a chain of sporting goods stores in CA) has them in 9mm for $7.98 per box.

    I'm a little wary of something like that (think Wolf brand ammo), but I'm probably going to buy a box and see what it's like.

    When I've shot them, I'll let you know.:)
     
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    Fiocchi tends to shot clean in my pistols and accurate too.They're way above wolf which tends to be really dirty.I also reload fiocchi brass in 38spl and 357 mag,works real well in my M-28.
     
  4. Snowdog

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    I've had plenty of experience with Fiocchi, particularly their 115gr 9mm FMJ and 142gr .357 magnum FMJ. For reliability and accuracy, they are just as good as anything made here in the States, IMO.
    I never noticed any undue fouling with Italy's Fiocchi, either.

    It looks like this new offering from Fiocchi will meet the playdough very soon.
     
  5. Dr.Rob

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    Looks interesting, and I know Fiocchi likes to load their stuff a little hotter than American companies.

    Looks a LOT like Winchester/Ranger (ie post black talon) ammo.
     
  6. Prodigalshooter

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    Hmmm, interesting. I like Fiocchi, it has been very good ammo in my experience, clean and a bit hotter than normal, never any bad rounds (so far) in the different calibers I've used(9mm, .38/.357 and .45ACP). I have not seen any hollow-point designs till now. I may have to buy some.
     
  7. JohnKSa

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    I've shot Fiocchi 9mm for years. It's very consistent, very accurate and tends to be a bit hotter than the run of the mill standard pressure 9mm.

    It would seem, based on my experience, that they purchase large lots of bullets at very reasonable prices. Overruns, overstocks, and perhaps stocks of discontinued bullets. I've seen an interesting wide variety of bullets on the FMJ Fiocchi I've shot over the years, but all of it shoots great.

    The bullet in this case seems very familiar, and, knowing a bit about Fiocchi, one might reasonably assume that Fiocchi bought these bullets at a discount from a manufacturer who no longer loads these particular bullets or who has an overstock of them for some reason.

    Isn't that enough said?

    If you want to know more, you could contact Fiocchi or maybe do some informal tests with water jugs or soaked phone books.

    It would be a shame if public, idle speculation were to ignite a media furor such as has occurred in times past...
     
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    I called to order the 123gr about a week or so ago and it was sold out then.
    JR
     
  9. PCRCCW

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    Wolf and Fiochi..........:scrutiny:
    Fiochi is first class ammo that wont clog up your chamber like Wolf will with its lacquer coated cases....Its great ammo and smokes wolf in every regards.....very much equal to the best american made stuff.....
    shoot well.
     
  10. Snowdog

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    Or Playdough... Oh how I love playdough. You can make an elephant out of it, or pretty colorful flowers... or you could shoot into six cubes measuring 6"x6" and develop a fairly accurate idea of what kind of performance it might offer in ballistic gelatin (actual street results never can be determined, so why fuss).

    I've been testing this way for about three years now and I find it to offer picture-book expand from nearly every JHP tested. Before I realized I could've made it myself in the kitchen, I bought around 80 or so pounds of it when I first started 3 years ago and still use the same 80lbs today (carefully sealed in 5 gallon buckets when not in use).

    Playdough... good stuff!

    I agree with that assessment completely, that would explain my lack of candor. ;)

    Thanks for the info!
    I didn't know Fiocchi had a penchant for purchasing bullet overruns from others manufactures....
    The only thread of doubt to what it truly is would be based off the fact that it is also offered in 123gr. I don't believe the projectile was ever offered in such a weight.

    Alas, I will buy a box and see. :D
     
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    Hmmm...is the base of the bullet teflon coated, or is the entire coating teflon based? Because, as I'm sure you know, teflon coated bullets are quite illegal in this fine state.

    http://www.jus.state.nc.us/NCJA/firearms.htm#teflon

    :p
     
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    I've shot fiocchi and federal 9mm in one night through my p99 and could tell that the fiocchi shot a little hotter then the federal imo.

    Beorn - Turners sells this exact round? How is it packaged? I know they sell the regular fiocchi 9mm round in the magenta colored box...but that isn't hollowpoint and doesn't have a black bullet. Let me know please as I would love to try these out and compare.
     
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    Is it my imagination or does that FIOCCHI hollowpoint look similar to a Winchester Black Talon hollowpoint???
     
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    Um, I didn't know that. I heard someone once tell me that, but he also tried to convince people his "modified" Desert Eagle was chambered to feed .50BMG ammunition, so I dismissed just about anything he'd try to tell me.

    I think the coating is likely to be similar to Winchester's proprietary anti-friction coating... lubalox is it?

    I do believe I'll buy a couple boxes to play with while I can (before they're sold out, withdrawn from the civilian market, hoarded by imperialistic aliens, et al).

    Thanks for the heads-up though.
     
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    Does Fiocchi call it "Il Artiglio Nero"?

    Jim
     
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    BOHICA!!.....to the max

    I only ordered two boxes. The first will be for R&D and if happy........keeping the other for self-defence.

    MAN! they must have some fancy dirt, because that Cheaper Than Dirt place does not live up to its name when you only make a small ammo order.

    --$7.99 S&H + a $3.00 flat fee >>> FOR GROUND SHIPPING THAT COULD TAKE UP TO THREE WEEKS!!!






    ...........oh well, it's only money

    Either way the Fiocchi 115g harball is hot enough to use for +p practice shooting. If this stuff performs like I think it will, it will be money well spent
     
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    Jim,
    perhaps it would be better described as "La copia di un artiglio nero", if that's indeed what it is.

    I think I'll order a box or two today so I'll have something to test in a few weeks. However, it'll have to jump through hoops of fire to replace the G-A 115gr +P+ Gold Dots that currently reside in my K9.
     
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    Guys...Fiocchi is made in Ozark, Missouri...it's near BRANSON. How do you get much more American-made than the heart of the Midwest, the hills of southwest Missouri, and country music?

    Fiocchi is NOT some off-brand OR foreign-made OR surplus ammo. Mr. Fiocchi simply decided to set up shop in the US and chose that area to do so. Fiocchi ammo is some of the best value for the money that you can get.


    (I am not affiliated with Fiocchi in any way, BTW. :D )
     
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    .............actually most of it is made overseas, you have to look at the back of the box to know. The do make certian shotshells and some pistol ammo here though. The 9mm and .357 that I often use is made over in Italy though.

    Either way there is nothing wrong with Italian ammo in my book!




    They do have a US Distribution office in MO.

    from their website:
    "Fiocchi of America, Inc., known today as Fiocchi USA, was established in 1983, as the United States distribution point for Fiocchi Ammunition. The company began in a warehouse in Springfield, Missouri, which served as the shipping point for the product imported from the parent company in Italy."

    lots more intresting stuff on their site:
    http://www.fiocchiusa.com/
     
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    Snowdog...

    " Gee, doesn't this look familiar..."

    I bought two boxes about 6 weeks ago. It seemed to be hotter than my regular ammo (based upon non-scientific "how it feels to me"), but it shot well out of my G19. However i am not about to replace my STHP carry loads with it.
     
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    Ok, call me dumb but, what does CTD stand for ??;)
     
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    I didn't know that. The "Made in Italy" that is printed on my boxes of .45acp and 9mm threw me off:neener: .

    Anyway, I think I thought what a lot of other people thought it looks a lot like. Interesting.

    Actually, I love the cheap Fiocchi practice ammo so I'll be on the lookout for this at the stores (esp. at those prices). However, I don't want to order in bulk online until I know for sure how it will perform out of my CZ 75 and my (hopefully) soon to be owned HP clone.
     
  23. Snowdog

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    Schuey2002, no problem... CTD= Cheaper Than Dirt.
     
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    Wow ! That should have been fairly obvious..

    Excuse me while I go..:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

    There.. I feel better now.;)
     
  25. Harold Mayo

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    Nah, it's made in Ozark, Missouri. They have a manufacturing facility there. I've been INSIDE and watched. An acquaintance of mine worked a bodyguard detail for Mr. Fiocchi in the time that he came over to scout out that location and make himself known to pertinent area businessmen. The first had a redistribution center there, that is correct, but it is actually manufactured there at this point.

    As for the "Made in Italy"...don't know. All of the Fiocchi that I have bought was made in Ozark.
     
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