Federal Premium has developed a radical new approach to constructing target ammunition as part of its American Eagle line—with a Total Synthetic Jacket, or TSJ.
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The new Syntech ammunition, available in 9mm and other common handgun calibers, features TSJ projectiles that dispense with copper entirely in favor of a tough polymer coating that completely encapsulates each round-nose projectile.
In testing, Federal engineers found a 12-percent decrease in barrel friction with the TSJ compared to traditional copper-jacketed ammunition, and 14-percent less barrel heat (a result in large part of the decreased friction). To achieve velocities and downrange energy equal to same-weight traditional FMJ loads, the engineers actually were able to utilize less powder, which, along with the lowered friction, helps reduce the felt recoil impulse for more enjoyable shooting.
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Federal’s testing also discovered a benefit in terminal performance against common steel targets: smaller shrapnel that travels shorter distances when the Syntech TSJ ammunition disintegrates against plates and poppers, compared to the shrapnel generated by traditional FMJ and TMJ rounds. This suggests a safer shooting experience—and the bright red projectiles are just plain cool.
For more information on the Syntech ammo, visit federalpremium.com.