1000 rnds: $159.95
Here is the website to NATEC-US
NATEC, Inc., located in Plattsburgh, New York is the sole manufacturer of the world's first, high pressure, polymer-cased ammunition (PCA). The company's facilities are located along the flightline of the closed Plattsburgh Air Force Base, and include administrative offices, an inert component parts manufacturing facility, and an assembly building with a DoD-approved indoor test firing range. In addition, NATEC leases bunker storage and an off-site indoor/outdoor test firing range located within minutes of the general facilities.
Our staff, led by President and CEO, Dr. Nabil Husseini has been determined to prove the viability of polymer-cased ammunition since the 1990's. As the owner of Amtech, Inc. (essentially the predecessing company to NATEC), Dr. Husseini enlisted a world leader in manufacturing polymers, DuPont to engineer an advanced polymer to withstand the high pressures and temperatures associated with rifle ammunition. Working together, and as proof of the advances made in engineering polymers, these companies have successfully achieved what others have attempted to accomplish since the 1960's... high pressure, polymer-cased ammunition.
The U.S. Military has substantial interest in this revolutionary technology due to its ever present need to lower the weight of the soldier and aircraft. The Office of Naval Research, with Marine Corps sponsorship awarded a contract to the company in 1999 to test, evaluate, and qualify the polymer-cased ammunition for service use. A follow-on award ensued in 2000, with a final Pre-Qualification Screening Test passed successfully in 2001. The project is currently under assessment by the U.S. Army (the end qualifier and procurer of all small arms ammunition for the U.S. Military) for validation of the service-suitability of the NATEC polymer-cased ammunition, which is timely in nature with the current objective of the U.S. Army to lighten the soldier's load. Combined with the pressure put on our Armed Forces to field technologically-advanced products near-term as a part of the Country's War on Terrorism, NATEC is optimistic that the military version of their polymer-cased ammunition will see service use in 2004.
NATEC's patented (and patents pending), lightweight, polymer-cased ammunition (PCA) is produced in Plattsburgh, New York. The cartridges utilize standard projectiles, primers, and propellants that are currently supplied by existing manufacturers. The base cap is cold formed from standard cartridge brass, and the casing is injection molded from the exclusively supplied polymer.
The unique, patent pending manufacturing process is centered on the one-step insert injection molding of the projectile into the polymer casing on state-of-the-art equipment. The interface is consistent (no crimping) and is self-sealing ensuring waterproofness of the cartridge. The primed base cap is then snapped on forming an interference fit after propellant loading.
PCA exhibits many benefits for the consumer over existing, similarly priced, metal-cased products, including:
Consistent, reliable performance.
Reduced heat transfer to the weapon.
Cool to the touch fired casings.
Reduced cost compared to existing "brand name" ammunition.
PCA - Spectrum, currently available for the commercial/law enforcement markets include:
.223 REM, 55 grain FMJBT
.223 REM, 55 grain Sierra Blitzking
.223 REM, 69 grain Sierra Matchking HPBT.
PCA available in mid-2004 include:
.308, 150 grain FMJBT
.308, 150 grain Sierra Gameking
.308, 168 grain Sierra Matchking
The Company intends to expand its product line to include the 50 cal in the near term, as well as additional commercial calibers in the future.
NATEC PCA is the Future of Ammunition... Today! Our products are currently being shipped to distributors nationwide, so ask your local sporting goods retailer about purchasing our PCA - Spectrum. We are certain you'll be pleased with its performance, and price!
I am interested in trying it. I like the fashion colors of the cases :D