Up for review is some Aguila ammo in a different flavor than the 9mm and 5.56 we’ve reviewed previously.
This batch of 230 Grain 45 ACP performed flawlessly after 200 rounds, without one failure to fire or malfunction from a HK USP 45 Compact, Glock 21 Gen 4, and compact 1911 with a 3.5 inch barrel – which are notorious for being a tad bit finicky.
The brass cased ammo from Aguila is up to spec, and shoots very clean – much cleaner than cheap steel cased import or bargain ammo, and I’d say somewhere between Federal and Winchester White Box. From a ballistic perspective, we hovered right around 820 FPS, so it’s very close to being on par with the box muzzle velocity of 830 FPS.
At the range, all the rounds fired without a hiccup, as stated, and hit pretty much where I was aiming. While 45 ACP isn’t the most manageable caliber, I still prefer it to 40 S&W personally for many reasons. It pushes, rather than snaps, and being such a freight train of a round – it’s already subsonic, allowing the user to run pretty much the same ammo with or without a can.
From an accuracy perspective, the ammo is on par with the larger known brands like Winchester and Federal – but is much cleaner and more accurate than the imported stuff like Tula and the like. As you can see in some of the sample groups below, with both a Glock 21 and USP 45 Compact, these are highly combat effective a 7 yards with quick double taps, and very suited for 3 gun or IDPA applications. (As you can tell, I’m much more comfortable with Glock 21’s than HKs. Nothing against HK’s, they’re fine weapons, but I’m used to the consistency of Glock triggers across multiple calibers.)
Overall, the ammunition is top notch, and perfectly suited for plinking, target, or competition applications. It’s very clean – after several hundred rounds all of the weapons weren’t very fouled at all, and only needed a once over, which isn’t the case with cheap steel cased rounds many people use for the same applications. We have some 9mm +P ammo to test as well, so stay tuned for that.