KING OF THE JUNGLE
During Testing in 3 Weapon Systems, Gorilla Ammo Performed Flawlessly
Our pro ran Gorilla Ammo through three weapons systems. Find out if it is worthy for self-defense.
My name is Lieberman. I walk desolate streets alone at night, and I drink whisky with older women in dismal places.
I dream. I dream of deserts and mountain tops. I dream of angry large people with arrogant agendas. I dream of guns … big guns … representative of something … I suppose.
I also dream of inadequacy. Shooting at the random hoards that incessantly scream my name, as they approach me with torches and pitchforks. When I shoot, I see the bullet leave the barrel and plop harmlessly in front of me onto the ground.
I have issues. I also have needs. In the waking world, I endeavor to keep the reality of my dreams as far away as possible from the reality of life. I avoid the darkened streets of my dreams. I avoid the angry townspeople. I make sure that the ammunition I carry actually performs as intended.
In my formative years, I was given a strong piece of advice: “Never fight a guerrilla war when you can get gorillas to fight it for you.” Truer words have never been spoken.
To help you zone in on a reliable self-defense ammunition, some of my staff and I reviewed some ammunition from Gorilla Ammunition, and here is how the process started.
THE ROAD TO THE REVIEW
The editors at Engaged Media (the publishers of the magazine you are now reading) asked me some questions that went something like this: “Will you do an ammunition review for us? Will you shoot the ammunition, study it, embrace it if you must, then put your thoughts into words that we may publish?” “Perhaps, but what ammunition are we speaking of? Russian ammunition with questionable pedigree? Chinese ammunition made from the sweat of political prisoners? Exotic, expensive and unattainable projectiles made from retrieved Chernobyl nuclear material?” “Uh, no … ammunition provided by Gorilla Ammunition.” “Gorilla! Sacré bleu! Bonne chance! and other random French phrases … Yes, yes! I would be happy and elated to shoot a gorilla!” “No. Not ammunition for hunting gorillas. Defensive and target ammunition made by Gorilla Ammunition.” “Interesting … I had no idea that they had figured out how to incorporate primates into the manufacturing process … brilliant!” “Yeah, fine … just shoot it and tell us what you think.”
A few days later, a care package from Gorilla Ammunition showed up at our offices, the Artemis Defense Institute. Inside were a few boxes of 115-grain 9mm hollow points, (labeled as “Silverback,” a brilliant use of the gorilla-inspired nom de guerre!).
They also sent me a few boxes of .223 Remington 55-grain with Sierra Blitzking projectiles and some .308 Winchester, 165-grain Sierra Gameking projectiles.
Now, I’m going to tell you something very, very important: Packaging.
Packaging is important. Packaging provides validation of product quality. Packaging provides mindset and establishes expectations. Buy a box of cheap foreign stuff with a cartoonish logo and frayed boxes, and you instinctively know you are taking your life in your own hands. Buy a box that is rugged, established and aggressive, and you head to the range with a certain feeling of professionalism.
So, when I tore open the brown
UPS box, I was met with some fairly unique packaging. When you think of Gorillas in captivity being transported from one place to another, you think of wood crates. Well, I think of wood crates. I’m old school. I like wood crates. I like gorillas, too. I find gorillas in wood crates interesting. The rifle ammo is packaged in standard boxes, but the artwork evokes the idea of a wood crate. I like that.
The Silverback defensive 9mm comes packaged a little differently. A black high-grade box that one would expect would contain defensive rounds.
My initial impressions of the ammo were inconclusive. Each round looks, well … like a standard cartridge. The rifle rounds all evoked the visual feeling of “green tip” ammo … albeit far cleaner than normal “green tip” ammo.
The 9mm, however, was a little different. Similar to other high quality
ammo, the 9mm Silverbacks had silver casings (nice touch). With full jacketed hollow points. Something looked a little “off” to me, but I could not put my finger on it. I removed a round of my HST ammo from the Sig 239 that I sometimes carry and compared the two. The head spacing of the Gorilla Ammo was significantly greater than my traditional carry ammo. Interesting.
Pointing the gun toward my clearing barrel and manually cycling the ammo did not appear to present any issues. The ammo manually cycled flawlessly. The more robust appearance made the ammo look … well … more robust.
So, with all that in mind, it was time to head off to the range.
I would be firing the ammunition through my Sig 239, for the 9mm, of course; my AR-15 (Stag lower, and BCM upper) for the .223 and finally through a Mossberg Scout rifle for the .308.
We started with the .223.
The first test was a functionality evaluation. Would the stuff actually cycle? I loaded 33-round PMAGs with the Gorilla .223 and performed rapid engagements on a minimum of three steel targets from 25 yards. Randomly, the bolt was locked back to the rear then sent forward. Magazines were shot to depletion. Then a new magazine was inserted.
Number of malfunctions: 0. Number of times the bolt failed to seat a round in the chamber: 0.
Next, we performed an accuracy test. This ammo was being tested on a CQB square range. In the interest of full disclosure, we were not particularly interested in determining if it was able to provide sub-MOA accuracy at 650 meters. We wanted to see if it could provide sub-MOA at 50 meters.
The answer to that question: It did … repeatedly.
In fact, after shooting a boatload of ammunition through the AR in a purposeful attempt to create barrel fouling, we started drilling sub-MOA holes in a target from the prone position. Round after round blasted away at the same hole.
Accuracy with the .223 is not to be outdone.
Next, we switched to the .308. For this test, we used a Mossberg Scout rifle. One of my instructors, an active duty Force Recon Marine who looks like his biceps could be mistaken for watermelons, saw the small Scout rifle and the .308 and gave an audible gasp, and then blurted out, “Wow! That is gonna hurt!”
“Yeah, that’s why I’m having you shoot it,” I said.
Here, we saw slightly more deviation than we did with the .223 ammo. But, in fairness, that might be more of a rifle issue than an ammo issue.
Lastly, we finished up with the Sig
239 and the Silverback ammo.
Again, this made me nervous due to the physical size of the projectile. The rounds in the magazine only have a few microns of clearance between the front of the projectile and the leading edge of the magazine. The concerns proved to be unwarranted.
The ammo fed flawlessly and had the same diminutive recoil as any other 9mm. All shots were grouped into a tight shot pattern from 7 meters out. For me, especially when it comes to defensive ammunition, I have one single overriding demand: The rounds must cycle and fire. The reality is that terminal ballistics, while important, are totally irrelevant if the projectile cannot make it out of the muzzle.
THE RESULTS ARE …
The Gorilla Ammo performed wonderfully. As we were leaving the range, we all made note that with multiple weapons systems, there was not a single instance of a feeding issue or a failure to fire.
Would I recommend Gorilla Ammo?
Would I use it on a Gorilla? Well, that remains to be seen. HD
The author employed three different weapon systems, and Gorilla Ammo performed flawlessly in each.