CCI Blazer Brass
Like most handgunners, Ive burned
through a lot of low-cost CCI Blazer factory loads over the years. These shells are priced
right, but the downside is you cant reload the aluminum cases after firing. Aluminum
cases were a key consideration in keeping Blazer ammunition prices down.
Now Blazer loads are available with
brass cases that can be saved and reloaded. The cases have standard Boxer-type primers and
primer pockets and can be reused just like any other cartridge case.
Blazer Brass centerfire ammunition is
factory loaded with protected-base full-metal-jacketed (FMJ) bullets. CCI primers are
used, along with American-made propellants. Loads are available in 9mm, .40 S&W and
.45 ACP calibers. The ammunition is loaded to SAAMI standards.
I havent yet tried reloading the
new low-cost Blazer Brass cases, so I cant personally report on their durability.
The people at CCI tell me these cases can be loaded just like the brass cases that come
with regular handgun ammunition. Theyre supposed to last just as long. According to
CCI, you should be able to get up to 20 reloads from each case if you use the proper care.
Economy wasnt gained by using substandard materials. Instead, CCI developed a new,
more efficient way to manufacture the cases and hold costs down. Aluminum-cased Blazer
ammunition is still available at even lower prices, but the difference is surprisingly
small. Amazingly, both kinds of 9mm Blazer ammunition cost exactly the same. The retail
price difference between aluminum- and brass-cased .40mm Blazer loads is just a buck for a
50-round box! Move up to .45 ACP, and youll pay $3 more for the good stuff. No
question but that handloaders will be money ahead buying the new Blazer Brass factory
These loads give you the best of both
possible worlds. You get budget-priced ammunition, along with quality, reloadable brass
Blazer Brass pistol ammunition is
available at sporting goods stores nationwide. To learn more, contact ATK Ammunition,
Dept. HL, 900 Ehlen Drive, Anoka MN 55303; call toll-free: 1-800-322-2342; or you can
visit online at: www.cci-ammunition.com.