Liberty Ammunition Increases Production in Response to Lead Shortage

By Dave Dolbee published on in Ammunition, News

The lead smelting plant, Doe Run, in Herculaneum, Missouri, will cease operations in the next couple of weeks. As the last smelter of primary ore, the closing (due to EPA regulations) has been big news. Most ammunition is made from secondary lead such as recycled car batteries, but the loss of another domestic facility will certainly cause an additional strain the price of secondary lead—and lead-based ammunition.

Six rounds of Liberty Ammunition Civil Defence ammunition of a wood surface.

Liberty Ammunition is increasing production of its lead-free ammunition, and that’s good news for shooters.

It is hard at this point to say how much of a strain, but hold on to your wallets. To complicate this issue even further, the states and regions that has already banned ammunition. This has left shooters scrambling for lead-free ammunition, which has also been in short supply.

Fortunately, there is some good news. Liberty Ammunition, has been producing lead-free ammunition for military, law enforcement, personal defense and the hunting markets for some time. Recently, it announced it would be increasing production to meet demand by adding another production shift of workers.

modeled box of Liberty Ammunition's Civil Defense

Liberty Ammunition produces its Civil Defense line of personal defense ammunition for civilians and law enforcement and is available in 9mm +P, .45 ACP +P, .40 S&W and .380 Auto in its Civil Defense line

What Does This Mean to You?

Liberty Ammunition produces its Civil Defense line of personal defense ammunition for civilians and law enforcement and is available in 9mm +P, .45 ACP +P, .40 S&W and .380 Auto in its Civil Defense line. Liberty also has a new line of .223—dubbed Silverado—and will be Liberty’s first addition to its new hunting line of ammunition. Best of all, Liberty will be increasing production of Silverado as well.

According to Liberty, its high-performance, lead-free ammunition has twice the effective range of standard ammo, provides up to 16% less felt recoil and is considerably lighter weight when carried in loaded magazines. Liberty’s hollow-point fragmenting Civil Defense rounds also provide three times the terminal effects of traditional ammo in comparable calibers. Every round exceeds match-grade quality in performance.

“The foundation for Liberty Ammunition is providing superior ballistic results built in a ‘green’ bullet,” Steven Torma, President and CEO of Liberty Ammunition commented. “Liberty Ammunition has always been lead-free and is proven highly effective whether on the battlefield or your local shooting range. We anticipated changes in the marketplace prior to the recent developments and are geared up to supply our customers with the very best in lead-free, American-made and trusted ammunition.”

Do you have any experience with Liberty Ammunition or or lead-free ammo? Tell us about it in the comment section.

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Comments (23)

  • lazerbeam


    I have no issue with lead-free ammo per-se. But I don’t know what type of metal (or other material) is being used to take its place. I hope its not steel (or some other type of hard metal) as steel based bullets are not allowed at most indoor shooting ranges. Can you provide some insight as to what the “filler” material is most commonly being used?


  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas


    Yeah, but you know results will vary widely for different calibers and those used for different purposes. And we’re just talking about our passion. Lead is used for lots of things in day to day living for all of us, even the anti-gunners. I notice Sportsman’s Guide ads that keep flooding my inbox are already featuring non-lead ammo. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I don’t like this change.


  • JCitizen


    Thanks for posting Bill! It would be interesting to find out what FN wsa using for a lead substitute, because I really liked that 5.7mm for varmint hunting! I doubt it was Bismuth and/or Selenium Alloy, I had a feeling from looking at the spent bullets that it was some kind of polymer with a very dense addition of tungsten powder; but that was just a hunch.None-the-less, it was super accurate, and it must have been ingenious to come up with a substitute that had even density all through the projectile so that dynamic forces would stay balanced along its axis during flight rotation. Whatever it was, I was all in, because before this ammo debacle, the stuff was dirt cheap!

    I got to admit, though, that shooting steel core 7.62x39mm, 7.62x54R, and .50 caliber BMG ammunition hasn’t caused any performance problems that I’ve ever noticed.Even soft steel jackets don’t seem to impart any extra wear on the bores. I shoot thousands of rounds full auto at high heat, so I would have definitely noticed any unusual wear on the barrels.


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