Yes, it is hot. I tried some once 'just because', and was impressed. I have a pretty good supply for now. After first shooting it, I did a little internet research, and it certainly seems like it is the "official" Turkish manufacturer. My theory is that Turkey isn't making different levels of ammo (for example, the plinking loads that Blazer sells); whatever they make is potentially sent to their military. And now they're trying to tap into the US shooting market, so they're sending full-power loads over. I run this through a CZ 75, Beretta 92SF, and Sig P226 among others, and the difference is noticeable immediately, when you compare it to a range load like Blazer etc. I think you're going to like it.