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How do manufacturers determine which loads to make L/E Only?

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by DRT, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. DRT

    DRT

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    I've always wondered how the various manufacturers determine which loads to make available to L/E Only.

    Why is it the ATK makes their Gold Dot (bonded) ammo available to citizens why they technically restrict their HST offerings?

    Why is it that Winchester makes their latest bonded Ranger ammo available to citizens why they technically restrict their non-bonded Tseries version?

    If bonded was supposedly so advantageous then why are the premium bonded bullets available while the non-bonded versions are restricted?
     
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    DRT, as I recall things, the first LE-only loads were the +P+ .38 Special and 9mm. The theory was that since powerful loads could accelerate wear, corporate counsel for the manufacturers didn't want them having liability for broken or blown up guns. Restricting these loads to LE, and requiring the purchasing agencies to sign liability waivers, made sense. There were lots of old .38s and some weak 9mms to worry about. There was some logic to it.

    In the rounds you mention, however, the logic of the LE-only sales policy totally escapes me.

    Wishing I could have made sense of it for both of us,
    Mas