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.
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.
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.”