Brand Ambassador SNS 400

It has come to our attention that there was an incident involving one of our brand ambassadors during the SNS 400. We take our brand and those who represent our brand very serious. We are a Veteran Owned and Operated Business and our reputation is extremely important to us. We understand that the passion and intensity of competition can result in less than favorable interactions between shooters, range officers and support staff. We expect ALL of our Brand Ambassadors to represent the brand IAW our reputation of professionalism and integrity and if it is determined that a brand ambassador has violated that obligation then the relationship will be terminated. We appreciate ALL of the message, emails and texts pertaining to the incident and we are reviewing the facts and we will make a decision that is in the best interest of the brand and is fair to those involved.
To be perfectly clear- We will not tolerate ANY behavior or actions from our Brand Ambassadors that reflect negatively on T1 Ammunition regardless of position, rankings or titles.
We appreciate those who participate, support and govern this Great Organization and we will continue to be a vital part in it’s growth and reputation.

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T1 Ammunition introduces new ‘Steel Challenge’ round to its competition line


Steel Challenge matches are fast.

Shooters compete for best time on a series of eight stages, with stationary steel plates ranging in size from 10-inch round targets to 18×24-inch rectangles.

Since the Steel Challenge targets don’t move or “knock down,” shooters need high-quality, highly accurate ammunition that’s just powerful enough to cycle their handguns and make the steel “ding” — period.

Anything more to the load adds unnecessary recoil, which makes follow-up shots more difficult and, ultimately, adds additional time to their scores.

As they did with their ultra-accurate 124-grain and 147-grain competition rounds, and their very proprietary Team Glock ammunition, which sadly is only available to Team Glock members, the guys at T1 Ammunition saw a need and pounced on it.

“There was a strong demand from the shooters,” said Gary Silverthorn, T1’s president and CEO. “These guys and gals are trying to hit the steel as fast as they can. There’s no power factor. The shooter just has to hit the steel and make it ding. We worked with them and got their feedback, because if they don’t like it, they won’t shoot it.”

The result — T1’s “Steel Challenge” performance ammunition is available starting today.

Silverthorn said he added the new Steel Challenge ammunition because he’s “rounding out our competition line to serve all types of matches.”

Check out the rest of the story on the Gun Writer

T1 Ammunition Review by Army Ranger Jon Dufresne



T1 Ammunition is disabled veteran-owned business that purchased an existing ammunition factory in Sarasota Florida in May of 2013. They develop ammunition for target, competition, and defense. I was sent 100 rounds of their 9 mm. 124 gr. Target, 150 rounds of 9 mm. 124 gr. Competition, and 250 rounds of .223 55 gr. FMJ. The ammo came in standard 50 round boxes that are clearly labeled –Important in my opinion – and all the rounds were in Styrofoam type ammo trays.

I also received a couple of patches and stickers and a personal note from the T1 team, which was a nice touch. On the website they state that they use new brass and everything is loaded to Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) specifications. All of the rounds I received looked like new and with close inspection I couldn’t find any noticeable issues that you find in some ammunition.20160408_111503


I took the 9 mm. 124 gr. Target ammo to a Sage Dynamics Advanced Vehicle Defense class to give it a whirl with some high volumes of fire and to shoot it through some everyday objects, for example, aluminum, glass, and fabrics. Not that the ammo was intentionally made for penetration of barriers, but why the hell not.

On day one we started with shooting through the windshield to see the deflection of the rounds – on a side note really cool stuff and I would suggest this class to everyone that carries for self-defense – for FMJ’s they did what was expected, first round deviated up 6-8 inches and the 2 others went point of aim. For the rest of the day I shot the Target ammo that was provided to me by T1 and it was flawless. It ran clean as well, I didn’t notice any extra felt recoil or muzzle rise that I have from others. I also shot it through 3 different barrels to see if it would stop working because of different specs, Glock stock, S3f Solutions, and a Zev barrel. It ran through all of them and the fit in each was to spec.



I also took the 9 mm. 124 gr. Competition loads to a USPSA match to see them in their intended use. I shot them through my Glock 19, with a stock barrel and an S3f barrel. They performed as expected and I had no issues with feeding or function except for one magazine issue. I didn’t notice a significant difference in the way the shoot next to the Target ammo and they did not seem under powered like some competitive ammo I have shot.

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The .223 55 gr. FMJ was shot through my BCM 14.5 pinned AR that has around 46,000 round through it, so accuracy testing was subjective to a barrel that has been run hard and dirty. The second AR I shot it through was a new less than 500 round BCM 14.5 Pinned (Girlfriends AR). Through that I saw proper groups. The ammo shot once again as expected, even when ran hard. The felt recoil with it was no harder or softer than usual (Proper technique). Overall I enjoyed shooting it through both ARs to see the difference and was happy with the performance.



I was, as expected, happy to see that all the ammo provided worked well and was pleasant to shoot. I certainly would recommend it to anyone that needs practice, target, or competition ammo. T1 also offers a nice discount to first time buyers and LEO/MIL professionals. You can thank me later.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received T1 ammo from T1 Ammo via through Spotter Up. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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T1 Ammunition Helps Sponsor Realwolrd Tactical’s Counterambush Vehicle Tactics Course

RealWorld Tactical is a Veteran Operated Organization out South Florida providing Real-Life based Firearms Training for the Urban Environment. They also specialize in Consulting, Product Development and Tactical Product Distribution for the Law Enforcement industry. Gary over at T1 Ammo sent Realworld Tactical some of the good stuff to shoot! Check these guys out and check out

Dry Firing

Dry Firing.

What is it and why do it? Simply put, “dry firing” involves going through all of the shooting steps but without using live ammunition. Those with a tendency to “jerk” their firearm while shooting can employ this technique to improve the way they pull the trigger.


Some people don’t like to practice dry firing. Why? Because it’s boring; you don’t get to hear the sound of an explosion nor do you feel the energy from pulling the trigger when firing a live round. In fact, you don’t even get to see the results of the round on your target downrange. Count me as one of the guys that hates doing dry firing but doing it makes me a better shooter.

What are some of the other advantages to dry firing? Well, how about cost savings? You don’t have to spend any money on ammunition. No range fees, or spending money on cleaning supplies. And how about time savings? You won’t have to clean your weapon and you won’t need to travel to a range. Not bad.


Yes, you can actually become a better shooter from spending less than 10 minutes a day on practicing dry firing. Did I mention that it was boring? If you want to excel at shooting then dry firing is a good thing to do for a beginning shooter and for a more advanced shooter you can work out your kinks. You need to get into the habit of practicing it.

If you believe that doing it is a chore, it will be a chore. I talk myself out of negative thinking and remind myself how important it is to practice. When your mind is committed to the task you just may learn something valuable when practicing.

I have heard so much about the damage done to your firing pin but with modern weapons this is pretty much non-existent. The one thing to not do is fire rimfire guns. With a rimfire weapon the firing pin can strike the edge of the chamber and cause damage over time. If you want to play it safe then use snap caps for dry firing. Snap caps are plastic cartridges without the primer, propellant or a projectile and they come in various sizes.

Snap caps are used to ensure that when dry firing your weapon the firing pin doesn’t damage components of your weapon. A set of snap caps can be purchased for between $10-20 dollars.


Snap Caps

Okay, so how do you get started with practicing dry firing?


  • Find a room where you can practice without being undisturbed. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. You do not want to have someone walk into the room while your weapon is pointed at them; it doesn’t matter if the weapon is unloaded. No one likes to have a weapon pointed at them when they enter a room.
  • Before you begin practicing in your “room of solitude” ensure that your weapon is unloaded. Ensure the firearm is unloaded by removing the magazine and checking the chamber. DO this at least twice. Never dry fire at a target that you would not shoot at with live ammunition.


  • Pick a wall with something on it to aim at, preferably a small target, in order to “aim small and miss small”.
  • Try to get in anywhere from 15-20 trigger pulls without putting any outward pressure to one side on the other of the weapon. Keep your weapon in line with the target. Pull your finger back on the trigger and attempt to perform a nice, smooth trigger pull. Wait for the sound of the “click”.
  • Were your sights on target? If they weren’t then you should make the necessary adjustments until your sights can be lined up on the target as you pull the trigger.
  • If you begin to get fatigued practicing this it is a good sign to quit. You will not get anything more from practicing sloppily.
  • Dry firing once a week is a good way to improve your trigger pull.




Move and Shoot or Shoot and Move, which is the correct terminology? Which came first the Egg or the Chicken? It doesn’t matter, as long as I do something and know “What’s My Next Move”. Since the question has come up, let’s break it down.

First in order to shoot there is a movement: stance, grip, and draw, non-shooting hand meets gun and trigger squeeze. And then there’s the Move: move left or right, forward or backward, up or down, so I won’t be a static target, which makes me a hard target.

Each move you make should be a set up for your next move.

Some think you have to be a Ninja or like NEO, in Matrix, in order to dodge an attack. Even Neo was hit in the leg after the 50th bullet. But what may have kept him from being hit 49 times; he moved something and didn’t stand there doing nothing. Moving a half step left or right will make the difference between being shot in the head and staying in the fight. Have you ever played dodge ball? The concept is move and don’t get hit, stand still and you will get hit.

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Foot work is an important component in defensive shooting. It has to be practiced over and over to make it a natural move. If you have the weapon drawing technique down then drawing on the move should be easy. Every step you make, every turn of the body gives you a new perspective of your surroundings, whether you’re inside or outside. If an attack happens you should be able to use your surroundings to your advantage.

You should be looking for an egress route or something that can be put between you and the bad guy such as a garbage can, a box, distance even. The key to all of this is getting away from the threat as quick as possible. We don’t want to get into a crack house shoot out, but find a way out or make a way out of the situation we’re in.
Is shooting in a defensive manner somewhat different than shooting at static cardboard targets? All the basic fundamentals apply except the stance, hence “move and shoot”. When shooting in the defensive mode more than likely you are being attacked and the attacker is moving in such a manner that while you’re getting your stance together the bad guy/gal is beating you, raping you and in some cases killing your family, including the dog.

A center mass shot can be made standing on one leg, lying down, leaning up against a wall, walking forward or backward, one handed or even lying on your back. So to answer the question, both are correct and should be implemented in your training sessions.

Train yourself to win at all costs. Only “YOU” can make the difference between surviving and giving up. Don’t put yourself in a position you can’t get out of, and always have a backup plan for the backup plan.