Updated: Jul 4
As we like to say here at PTP: train, train, train! You gotta train man! In order to be effective with your firearm, you need to train. You MUST train. And part of training is inspecting your gear, and that includes your ammunition.
Why? So that you are prepared when it matters most!
Safety and training are the two biggest factors when it comes to being a responsible firearms owner.
Well, what happens when all of your training comes to bear and you actually have to use your firearm for self-defense? You better hope your gear is squared away. God forbid you squeeze that trigger and nothing happens, or even worse, you sustain an injury because of bad ammunition.
That brings us to what I want to talk about today.
This past week we got a notice saying that there have been several recalls of 9mm Luger ammunition.
From the Winchester website:
"Winchester has determined the above lots of 9mm Luger 115 FMJ and JHP ammunition may contain propellant that does not properly ignite and burn when the cartridge is fired. Ammunition containing propellant that does not properly ignite and burn may result in a bullet remaining in the barrel (i.e., a bullet-in-bore obstruction). Firing a subsequent bullet into the bore obstruction could cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable and subjecting the shooter and bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury."
The major brands that are part of the recall are:
Herter's 9mm Luger 115 FMJ with symbols HRT9A and lot numbers SC13LD44, SC13LD45, SD10LD44, or SD10LD45
Winchester 9mm 115 grain FMJ and JHP with the following symbols and lot numbers:
Symbols: Q4172, RED9, USA9JHP, USA9MMVP, USA9W, WW9B
SC03LD44, SC03LD45, SC03LD46, SC03LD47
SC13LD1, SC13LD6, SC13LD18, SC13LD44, SC13LD45, SC13LD46, SC13LD47
SC52LD44, SC52LD45, SC52LD46, SC52LD47
SC62LD44, SC62LD45, SC62LD46, SC62LD47
SC72LD44, SC72LD45, SC72LD46, SC72LD47
SC92LD44, SC92LD45, SC92LD46, SC92LD47
SD10LD1, SD10LD3, SD10LD6, SC10LD12, SD10LD18, SD10LD46, SD10LD47
SD50LD1, SD50LD3, SD50LD6, SD50LD11, SD50LD12, SD50LD18, SD50LD46, SD50LD47, SD60LD1, SD60LD3, SD60LD6, SD60LD11, SD60LD12, SD60LD18
SD70LD1, SD70LD3, SD70LD6, SD70LD11, SD70LD12, SD70LD18
SD80LD1, SD80LD3, SD80LD6, SD80LD11, SD80LD12, SD80LD18
And Browning 9mm Luger 115 grain FMJ with
Lot Numbers: SC13LD20, SD10LD20.
I know, that is Texas sized amount of ammunition, and with the costs of 9mm these days, SHEEESH! I bet you a steak dinner someone's losing their job for real!
Now, there is a bright side to this whole mess, I guess.
Any ammunition bought before March 25, 2021 is not subject to the recall. I repeat, any ammunition bought before March 25th is not subject to the recall.
Also, if you have any questions and want to get a refund, you can! You can call 844-653-8358 or write to Winchester (and Browning, same info) at
600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: 9mm Luger Recall, or visit their websites to get squared away
Alright people, this is what I want you do. If you are like a lot of people I know and just dump their ammo into cans, stop it! You need to save your boxes for moments like this. This isn't the first time a big recall has happened and it won't be the last.
I also want you to go check all your ammo and make sure you aren't part of this recall.
In order to be effective, you need to train. And part of training is inspecting your gear, ammo included!