With a baby comes gift cards. Of those gift cards, almost 75% of them are going to be to Walmart simply due to the fact that most people (rightly so) believe that new parents want to stretch their dollar as far as possible. Personally, I despise the place with an utter burning hatred as I work in a field that competes directly with the Hillbilly Haven.
However, I now have money to burn there a bit since 4 vendors were kind enough to give me some gift cards for my daughter's birth, but we really don't buy anything there. I've taken to funding my shooting hobby with cheap Wal Mart ammo simply because they carry the common calibers at reasonable prices.
I was fully planning on picking up some ho-hum Blazers to run through my Glock for its workout. It's getting cool again which means that unless I'm dressing to where it will show, I'm packing my G36 over my LCR. I can conceal it just fine, it's got a little more firepower, and it's got a little more thump to it than my beloved .38 special. I have to get used to the snap of the Glock again.
I stepped up to the counter to see what they had in stock. Thankfully, the ammo drought is over here, and for once I have to scan all the boxes to try and find what I need rather than look for what they might have.
I spied a good chunk of TulAmmo (or Tula Ammo if you will) in .45acp. I have seen that Cheaper Than Dirt and J&G are stocking this ammo, and I was curious about it. In case it's not obvious, it's manufactured in Russia (think Tula Arms) and is a steel cased 230gr fmj. By looking alone, I don't think I would be able to tell any difference between this stuff and Wolf or Bear.
The big deal: Walmart has a box of 50 at $14.94 a box That's about what 9mm was at not too long ago. At that price, even a cash strapped new dad can practice with his "punkun chucker" from time to time. But how does it shoot?
Well, I conservatively bought a box to try. I have to say, I like it It seems to be a little more accurate out of my Glock than either Blazer or PMC brand. It's just as dirty (as far as I can tell) as Wolf or Bear. Lots of smoke. However, the Glock being a Glock it took it all in stride. I was keeping respectable groupings at 7 yards, and I am of the mindset that .45 heavy hard ball is nothing to sneeze at for SD. Yes, I keep jhp +p loaded in my gun most of the time, but for the price I can't practice often with it. I like to feel comfortable in knowing what I am shooting for practice at paper will have a reasonable chance of getting the job done should I, God forbid, need it to.
So for value and performance, I have to give Tula Ammo a . If you reload or if your range restricts steel casing this obviously isn't going to be for you. However, if you want a good cheap (if a bit dirty) practice ammo, I've had no issues with it. I plan on picking up another 3 boxes to keep on hand.