A powerful ammo family

IMI’s combat proven premium small caliber ammunition line offers higher accuracy, more stopping power

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Using LAPUA .338" 250 Grain ammunition enables snipers to engage targets at ranges beyond 1,000 yards with a 7.62 type weapon, rather than 0.5" CAL.

tavor_lmg_firingIMI is introducing a broader ammunition range at Shot Show 2015 in Las Vegas. The company showcased the combat proven 9mm Di-Cut round, “Razor-Core” 5.56mm 77 Gr. and 7.62 mm 175 Gr. LR & .338” LAPUA 250 Gr. sniper ammo. “What is unique about our new, premium ammunition line is the combination of high accuracy and high stopping power.” explains Israel Shmilovitz, VP IMI & Managing Director Small Caliber Ammunition Division, “These two attributes ensure you hit your target, deliver maximum effect but also avoid collateral damage.”

IMI is the exclusive supplier of small caliber ammunition to Israel’s security agencies, law enforcement and to the Defense Forces (IDF). In recent years the US Army has purchased over 300,000,000 of IMI small caliber ammo. IMI was commended as a reliable, dependable ammunition supplier, meeting customer demand, delivering on time and meeting the highest standards.

115 Grain Di-Cut rounds for 9mm from IMI. Photo: IMI
115 Grain Di-Cut rounds for 9mm from IMI. Photo: IMI

IMI is now expanding its US sales channels to Law Enforcement and commercial markets and adding new dealers to its nationwide distribution network.

One of the new ammunition types is the 9mm Di-Cut 115 Grain – a premium round designed for use for self defense and law enforcement in operational areas requiring high stopping power while avoiding collateral damage. Slits placed on the bullet’s ogive enhance this small caliber round, by creating controlled expansion inside the target, increasing impact and stopping power. Overall, 9mm Di-Cut 115 Grain cartridges have demonstrated superior performance even when tested against higher caliber Jacketed hollow-point (JHP) rounds.

As seen in this image, taken during a live exercise of an elite unit in the Golan height, some of the IDF units are using open tip rounds such as Razor Core, which improves accuracy, penetration and lethality over standard M855 5.56mm ammunition. Photo: IDF
As seen in this image, taken during a live exercise of an elite unit in the Golan height, some of the IDF units are using open tip rounds such as this IMI .338 LAPUA, which improves accuracy of 7.62mm ammunition at long range. Photo: IDF

Another high performance round from IMI is the “Razor Core” 5.56mm 77 Grain offering twice the accuracy of standard NATO M855 5.56 rounds. The “Razor Core” also has significantly higher lethality when compared to standard ammunition, as it is designed to stop inside the target, thus increasing lethality and reducing the risk of collateral damage. It is designed for use at distances up to 550 Yard (500 m). “Razor Core“ has been qualified for military use and is operational and proven with special-forces units. IMI is also offering the following premium rounds designed for snipers.

7.62 mm 175 Grain 'Long Range match' ammo for snipers - effective for shooting up to 880 Yards. Photo: IMI
7.62 mm 175 Grain ‘Long Range match’ ammo for snipers – effective for shooting up to 880 Yards. Photo: IMI

The 7.62mm 175 Grain Long Range Match is designed for shooting at distances of up to 880 Yards (800 m). Proven for many years in operational use with Special Forces and SWAT teams, this premium round is also offered commercially for hunting and sports.

.338 LAPUA 250 gr. round. Photo: IMI
.338 LAPUA 250 gr. round. Photo: IMI

Completing the range is the .338” Lapua 250 Grain Long Range Tactical. This is yet another type of 7.62 round, extending sniper’s reach beyond 1,100 Yards (1,000 m). IMI’s .338” Lapua 250 Gr. is designed for extended range sniping, as an alternative to the 0.5” Caliber, providing both a lighter carry and more flexible platform for snipers. A fully loaded sniper weapon system firing IMI’s .338” Lapua 250 Grain rounds would weigh about a third of an equivalent weapon firing the 0.5” ammunition.

Using LAPUA .338" 250 Grain ammunition enables snipers to engage targets at ranges beyond 1,000 yards with a 7.62 type weapon, rather than 0.5" CAL.
Using LAPUA .338″ 250 Grain ammunition enables snipers to engage targets at ranges beyond 1,000 yards with a 7.62 type weapon, rather than 0.5″ CAL.