PS Magazine Gives Ammo Handling Tips To Soldiers


This is unintentionally hilarious. One of the readers shared this on the looserounds facebook page. He pointed out how the Army talks to it’s troops like they are retarded and after reading this, I can’t disagree with him. This helpful advice is about the care of the new 9mm service rounds for the newest service pistol.

Operators need to handle the rounds with care and keep them clean and dry.  They must not allow the cartridge bullets or primer to hit any hard surface, including the ground. 
This is because the round could accidentally fire if a hard surface strikes the primer.  The exposed lead cavity of the new M1153 bullet can be damaged if it drops to the ground. When it hits a hard surface, the open tip can close up, causing it not to perform as intended.
For those who work in security or law enforcement, it’s possible they may be carrying this new ammo daily. It’s important for them to remember to inspect the rounds for damage and look for obvious damage, such as the hollow point being closed up or out-of-round. 
If this type of damage is found, they’ll need to replace the rounds with good ones to ensure reliable performance.  We can’t afford a weapon stoppage due to damaged ammo!
Tell Soldiers that when it’s time to clear their weapon, don’t be Rambo and cycle the rounds through the weapon chamber!  Ejecting the rounds will cause them to hit the ground. 

They simply need to follow the instructions in TM 9-1005-470-10 (Mar 19) to eject the magazine and manually remove the cartridges.  This will prevent the rounds from hitting the ground and being damaged.  It’ll also protect the hollow cavity from hitting the pistol feed ramp when cycling rounds through the weapon.
Bottom line is, Soldiers must take care of their ammo so they can get the performance they expect.

Daniel Saito
Rock Island, IL

Editor’s note: A good tip from you, Dan. Soldiers, protect your ammo.

Yes Dan, good tip indeed.


  1. We had one accident where one of the full foam trays out of a box of 9mm was left on the ready line during an informal string of fire. An ejected case from an M9 took a golden, million to one arc and smacked a primer, blowing that case apart and scattering the rest everywhere. All sorts of safety of use messages went out over that one.

    I agree with Mark above. Not everyone cares to be trained, shooting is just something they do once or twice a year. Working in the armory I’d get M882 rounds turned in that the troop had made his own “hollowpoint” by filing down the tip with his multitool and gouging out a cavity.

    • did you see this happen with your own eyes? because small arms ammo is absolutely harmless out in the open or even in boxes. at most the primer will pop out. or the bullet *may* come loose and some powder spill out. I have stood over 55 gallon drums with everything from 22lr to 50BMG in it burning to dispose of it and its harmless. The Army tested this exhaustively in the 20s and 30s in every way possible. Hatcher’s Notebook has a large chapter dedicated to it.

      • The level of sheer stupidity and “WTF?!!?!!?” you get around the military with small arms is beyond belief, sometimes.

        I was on the periphery of a small arms ammo fiasco once upon a time, and while it was initially reported as a QC issue, the morons involved were later found to have been “playing mumblety-peg” with live .50 caliber rounds. One of which hit, tip-down, a previously thrown round that was buried in the sand… Cue “BANG”, and one idiot getting fragments in his eye, which he nearly lost sight in. Took a couple of weeks for the whole thing to ground out, and confessions to be made over the issue. The QASAS folks know what they’re doing, and they know when they’re being fed a line of BS about something.

        A 9mm case having enough energy to detonate a primer? I find that idea dubious, but stranger things have happened, and substandard ammo gets shipped all the time.

        What I loved was getting safety-of-use messages on demo materials we’ve already taken downrange and used: “Oh? This stuff isn’t fit for use? Gee, that would have been nice to know before we spent a week doing range clean-up with EOD…”. Nothing like defective C4 that just blows chunks of itself all over hell and gone, I’m telling you. Or, out-of-date TNT that could have been issued to the real Band of Brothers, and is still in the bunkers to issue out for training. Which then proves to be a little less than “explosive”. Ever wonder what the inside of those old-school TNT blocks looks like? Ask me how I know…

    • A range I shoot at had a match a couple of years back and a dude had some loose ammo in his cargo pocket. While he was moving and shooting the stage, one of the primers on the ammo in his pocket got popped and the round went off in his pocket. Nobody got hurt, of course, but the guy was surprised.


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