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Commitment

by Keith Evans, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

The word “commitment” means different things to different people. For some, commitment is dragging your half-awake body to the ice rink at 5 AM because that’s the only time your child’s team can get ice time. For others, commitment is bringing home a puppy and creating an entire world where that animal truly becomes part of the family. Commitment can be as simple as growing a beard!

One of the most beautiful commitments that I can think of is the commitment a soldier makes to defend their nation and fellow soldiers. We’ve lost many heroes to this commitment, but ultimately, it has laid the foundation for the United States to be the best country in the world.

At First Breach, our commitment is to manufacture world-class, match-grade ammunition components in the USA. Paul J. Meyer once said that “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligence, planning, and focused effort.”

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Texas Handgun Ruling

by CJ Dugan, Senior VP of Business Development

On the 25th of August 2022, U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Fort Worth ruled that the state law prohibiting most 18- to 20-year-olds from carrying a handgun outside the home violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms and is not enforceable. He stayed the ruling from taking effect for 30 days.  

I first saw this on social media from the Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition (FRAC). FRAC is a 501c3 whose sole mission is to aggressively advocate for and defend firearms, ammunition, and accessories manufacturers and importers from government overreach. Their duties include holding the government accountable for arbitrary and capricious policies and rulings and ensuring that its industry regulation is conducted openly and transparently.  

Upon further researching this ruling, I found it interesting that the decision came in a case brought last year by a gun rights advocacy group, with two individuals arguing their right to carry handguns for protection despite being under 21. Although Texas had kept age restrictions on handgun sales, the age limit to purchase long rifles in the state is 18.  

At First Breach, we are always staying updated on the industry landscape, ensuring that we remain compliant and vigilant in manufacturing the highest quality products for every American. 

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Ballistics

by CJ Dugan, Senior VP of Business Development

There are countless incredibly detailed books all about ballistics. People spend their entire lives on the subject and still need to learn more. I was looking around on the good ole internet and ran across the Merriam-Webster definition of “ballistics.” It is defined as “Extremely and usually suddenly excited, upset, or angry” or “of or relating to the science of the motion of projectiles in flight.”    

Interestingly, there are three sub-categories of ballistics – Internal, External, and Terminal – which can be generally categorized as follows:  

  • Internal: from the action of firing a cartridge and what happens until the projectile exits the barrel  
  • External: from the moment the projectile leaves the barrel until it impacts something 
  • Terminal: from the moment that the projectile impacts something until it comes to a complete stop 

The picture above gives a graphic representation of these three sub-categories. The projectile does not naturally climb once it exits the barrel due to the natural laws of physics. The weapon manufacturer artificially sets it at either a 10 Minute of Angle or 20 Minute of Angle based on the weapon’s design and the ammunition being used. A “system of systems,” as we like to call them.  

At First Breach, we understand that a lot goes into your weapons and ammunition. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that all of our ammunition components are match-grade quality to provide you with optimal ballistic performance, consistency, and reliability.

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Meeting the Demand

by Keith Evans, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Based on this year’s trends, 2022 is expected to be the third-strongest year for firearm sales in America. According to the NSSF (National Shooting Sports Foundation), “FBI Background check figures show that over one million guns have been sold in America every month for the past 38 months”. In fact, there were 2,470,462 (NICS) National Instant Criminal Background checks in September, with 1.2 million specifically for gun sales. NICS background checks have set records monthly for 16 consecutive months and show no sign of slowing down. It appears that the gun companies have met the demand, but what about the shortage of ammunition that still exists? The ammunition industry has to follow suit with millions of new gun owners. The ammunition components manufacturers must rally and concentrate on providing the highest quality, safest, and most reliable products to ensure that these proud new gun owners have the best experience possible. At First Breach, we are committed to meeting these demands.

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Starting Something New

Standing in my friendly local FFL, I saw what all of us have seen over the past few years: empty ammo shelves. I went to the range to buy what I could get my hands on, and after using several brands I wasn’t previously familiar with, it didn’t take long to see some ammunition is simply better than others.  

The quality of the ammo my groups used varied significantly, resulting in vastly different outcomes each time I changed brands. I’m not one to blame my tools, but the lack of consistency was ridiculous. I count on my firearms and the ammunition I put in them to protect myself and those around me. I never want to jeopardize my family, friends, or community with unreliable ammunition – and I know I’m not alone. Everyone wants a product they can rely on when it counts! 

At the start of 2022, I grabbed hold of the opportunity to be a part of First Breach. I knew I could raise the bar on reliable ammunition in my own small way, and I am so proud to provide precision components for American gun owners and their families. First Breach’s commitment to quality and safety is unmatched in the industry, and I believe that other folks like myself will feel much more confident with our products at their side. 

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American Made vs. Import

Having 10+ years of public and private experience in the 2A industry, I am no stranger to the ‘products are cheaper overseas’ argument. I’m sure many of you in 2A have, at some point, dealt with or been a party to procuring products from overseas. A great idea on paper, but let’s take a closer look at how that process typically plays out… 

Procurement overseas typically demands advance payment of a substantial (sometimes even entire) portion of the order value. And unless you inspect the process and finished product in person, which can be costly, you trust your supplier’s honesty. After you’ve submitted your advance payment, a foreign entity or government needs to authorize the movement of the goods. This process often includes an in-country agent fee and the possibility of a 2 to 4-month lead time at best. If you’re not willing to wait, you can try your luck pursuing your invested capital from an overseas entity.   

Finally, you’ve overcome all of these obstacles, and your product is ready to ship – time to deal with US import regulations and shipping. Customs and brokerage fees (as well as rising transportation and insurance costs) can be daunting. Don’t forget about your ATF Form 6 or other documentation for the Department of Commerce or State Department. Now, your product is on the water destined for your chosen port. After patiently awaiting customs clearance, you transport the product to your facility and verify the order. Assuming you got what you paid for, you can finally utilize your long-awaited products! However, after considering all those real fees, real time, and VERY real stress, you likely paid significantly more than you initially anticipated. And we won’t even begin discussing what happens if your supplier never delivers.  

First Breach manufactures daily in the USA, so there is always product in stock. If you want to verify the quality of our products before purchasing, great! We gladly invite qualified parties to tour our facility and meet our team. And being located in Hagerstown, MD, USA, makes for an easier and cost-effective trip than going overseas. This convenient location also benefits our contract clients that are procuring product monthly. If you’re under contract for 10,000,000+ components every month, there’s no need to wait until your order is complete! As I mentioned, we’re manufacturing daily! We welcome you to pick up part of your monthly order early; no need to wait for a completed order. As a US manufacturer, First Breach mitigates the difficulty of dealing with international shipping and importation. Simply order and receive!