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By Dan S. Defense
Affordable, Reliable Target Ammo for Training and
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
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
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
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
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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