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Fiocchi Ammunition 
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By Dan S. Defense

Affordable, Reliable Target Ammo for Training and Range Work

Fiocchi ammunition is affordable and relatively easy to find. Often a box of 50 rounds of Fiocchi ammunition will cost less than a typical box of 20-25 rounds. But are there trades-offs here? And who or what is Fiocchi? At a high level, Fiocchi is an Italian manufacturer which is represented here, in the US by Fiocchi of America.

The US entity is based in Missouri and started doing business back in 1983. But who are these folks and what is Fiocchi ammo all about? More importantly, is this imported ammo good enough for your firearms? Can you use budget ammo to shoot more without compromising safety? If you want to learn more about Fiocchi ammo—read on!

I'll start by stating that I'm typically wary of low cost ammunition. When it comes to imported ammunition, I'm even more cautious, and in reflection, probably even biased against it. I bought a very large stash of a Russian ammo brand for my frequent AR rifle usage and was deeply disappointed. It was unreliable, dirty and overall poor.

I ended up selling the remainder of that Russian ammo in a gun show, and at a big loss since I shared my experience with the ammo vendor I sold it to. From then on I decided to stick with US made ammo, even for my training purposes and up to the Big Ammo Shortage, I was quite content. But then prices went up significantly, and even worst, ammo of all types became rare. Out of necessity, more than curiosity, I decided to try out the Fiocchi brand.

So who are these folks? I typically enjoy researching the history of each brand and firm. I'll admit to being surprised in finding that Fiocchi had a fascinating history. Michael G. Sabbeth did an excellent job in documenting the history in a work titled "FIOCCHI: All in the Family". It is included in the online catalog and is well worth reading. In any case, Mr. Sabbeth states that "The Fiocchi empire began improbably with a bit of a splutter, born of a predecessor's failure and a bank foreclosure."

I found that interesting because my research into the history of the US arms industry shows more than one example of this historical trend. One man starts a venture with good ideas and high hopes, only to fail and later sell his business to someone else, who through hard work and ingenuity turns failure into success. In my mind both man deserve credit but I'm veering off course.

Giulio Fiocchi, the financial brain and his brother, Giacomo, an engineer, combined efforts and start a venture that would last for generations. As Mr. Sabbeth notes "Giulio persuaded his Milan bank to loan them the money to buy the defaulting company. They ceased musket production and in 1877 hunting and sporting ammunition production began under the name Giulio Fiocchi Enterprise."

There's truly fascinating history which entails dealing with World War I and later, the Nazi occupation and rebuilding after the destruction of World War II. If you enjoy history and seeing how good men prevail is hard times, I strongly recommend you read the entire story.

Back on target, I started by ordering a few boxes of Fiocchi 9mm and 45 ACP ammo. The boxes were well made, the ammo was well packed which to me means that the ammo is able to retain its position within the box and that rounds don't touch each other.

A close inspection of the ammo revealed high quality rounds with new brass, proper sitting of both the bullet and the primer and overall good looks of proper ammo. I felt sufficiently confident to load this ammunition into my self defense handguns for a thorough range test.
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