We’re continuing on with our ammo company review articles, and this time we’ll be discussing Philippine ammunition manufacturer, Armscor.
I’ve fired off more rounds than I could ever begin to count during my time in the Marines, as a former law enforcement officer, and during my decade or so as a firearms content creator. I plan to review all of the ammunition manufacturers over the course of however long it takes to do so, right here on this blog.
I’ve been shooting Armscor ammunition for many years, on and off. I can say that, for the most part, their stuff works great and comes in at a decent price.
Let’s take a more in depth look.
Is Armscor Ammunition good?
As with all things, it really depends on what you consider to be good, as well as what your purpose is for it. For target practice and general purpose shooting, Armscor is a great option. That said, when it comes to self-defense I tend to use and recommend something with a proven success rate in terms of expansion and penetration.
That doesn’t mean that the Armscor hollow points aren’t good, just that they haven’t been extensively tested as of yet. Yes, those are hollow points that I have pictured. More specifically, they’re 45 ACP hollow points. When you’re in the midst of an ammo shortage you buy what you can find.
Where is Armscor Ammo Made?
Armscor Ammunition is either made in the Philippines or the United States. As far as I know, the boxes of ammo that are made in the USA are marked as such, as seen in the photo. The ones that are made overseas, are not.
Is Armscor reliable?
Yes, Armscor is generally considered to be a reliable brand. Of course, it depends on a lot of other factors, so it’s kind of hard to determine reliability for each platform of gun.
For example, the above pictured 45 Auto hollow points from Armscor don’t cycle in a 1911 that I have. While technically it could be considered the ammo’s fault because of the bullet profile, it’s actually because of the 1911’s feed ramp.
So, while it doesn’t work in that gun, it’ll work in others. And, if I were to utilize FMJ rounds, they’d work just right.
Most of the time, whenever I had Armscor in any caliber, it worked just fine, rifle or pistol.
Is Armscor ammo dirty?
Armscor Ammunition is moderately dirty, and falls somewhere in the middle, or slightly better than average. I like to use one specific ammo brand as a baseline that most people are familiar with, and I’d say that it is somewhat cleaner than Winchester Whitebox, if that helps out at all.
The cleanliness of any particular ammunition is important because dirtier munitions tend to gunk up the inside of a gun, and some guns don’t work right when this happens.
Is Armscor accurate?
Most of the ammunition available today from major manufacturers is going to be accurate. So, I’ll say that Armscor is also accurate if you do your part and your gun does shoot straight.
Would I go shoot a match where accuracy was imperative? Probably not. But for general target practice and minute of man accuracy, Armoscor is good to go.
Where can you buy Armscor Ammunition
Armscor’s line of ammunition can generally be found anywhere ammo is sold. This can range from your local gun shop to your bigger box stores, as well as any online ammo retailers, like Lucky Gunner, True Shot, and the rest.
One thing that some folks don’t know, is that Armscor has their own website where they sell ammo, and will ship it direct to customer, as long as you live in an unrestricted state. That website is called Advanced Tactical. I have never bought from the website, but a good friend of mine has and said everything went just fine. They ship from Nevada, and at least some of their ammo has free shipping.
Armscor makes decent ammunition at a decent price. If you haven’t tried it out yet, you really don’t have anything to lose, because it works as it is supposed to. I wouldn’t necessarily load it into my carry gun if expansion was the goal, but wouldn’t hesitate to use it in a fight if needed.
After all, it goes bang whenever asked to.