The SinterFire Greenline is a new style of 9x19 ammunition that has become very popular of late with numerous recent regulatory changes to how lead is handled in places like gun ranges. The other aspect to the ammunition that is redefining what a modern range ammunition should be, is the frangible or ricochet preventive design. SinterFire, while still a very niche market player, is defining what basically is considered the “green” movement in shooting. The Greenline name then, appropriately describes the concept behind the line.
The frangible sintered metal design offers adequate protection against deflective strikes and ricochets against hard backdrops and bullet stops. It involves taking a powdered metal and pressing it into a projectile shape. This architecture then effectively “dissipates” upon impact. The 90 grain projectiles, which SinterFire calls a “Frangible Reduced Hazard V-Force” Bullet is enough to function most production firearms.
The total reduction in lead in the overall cartridge also contributes to the benefits of this round, and while slightly higher in price than mainstream ammunition, makes the SinterFire a compelling option for those who are mandated to shoot these types of reduced/non lead and reduced hazard ammunitions at their local range.
Review by GuardianDevil
After changing out the faulty ejector, I went through 4 magazines with only 1 jam. Also to confirm that it was a firearm malfunction, I have 10 dummy rounds that I bought some time ago for initial practice with the Glock and they used to jam just about every round. After the ejector fix a full magazine of them ejected perfectly out the right side as they should.
For more confirmation that it's not the ammo, I also now own a Ruger PC 9mm Carbine. It comes with an extra magazine well that can be installed easily and allows the Ruger to use Glock magazines. From the very start, the Ruger has performed flawlessly and with superb accuracy up to at least 100 yards with both types of ammo and the same Glock magazines. Ok, except for one jam out of more than 200 rounds, but I don't remember which type of ammo it was. The round had a serious dent in the side of the brass after I got it cleared so I just handed it over to the range master to dispose of safely. (Posted on 10/28/2018)
Review by GuardianDevil
To be fair, after several range sessions and cleanings, the performance is improving. The last time I went through several full magazines without problems before some jams started to occur, so I guess I'll just have to be patient and for now I'm attributing the problems to the firearm itself and not the ammo. In support of this, all of the rounds that jammed so far fired properly when re-loaded into a magazine for a second time. And there have been no misfires so far which appears to be very good performance and reliability compared to what I have read about in reviews of other varieties of ammo.
The good news is, this ammo is entirely lead-free, including the primer. I'm rather paranoid about inhaling lead vapors, so much so that I will only go to outdoor ranges as it reduces exposure to lead vapors from other shooters as much as possible, relative to the close quarters and limited ventilation of indoor ranges in particular. Heaven knows at my ripe old age I can't afford to kill off any more brain cells than are already dying off naturally.
Bottom line is, this ammo meets my expectations and does the job, and I'll be ordering another 10 boxes soon. With 10 boxes the discount of $1 per box makes the cost a little better, about 48 cents per round with shipping. Yes, that is a bit pricey compared to other leaded alternatives, but you have to ask yourself, what are your brain and health worth to you, and do you acknowledge your responsibility for your impact upon the environment that all life relies on?
One thing I like a lot is the packaging, very discrete and basically impossible to tell from the shipping box or the label that it's ammo unless you already know who the seller is since it's only identified as BA. That can be a concern for anyone in a high-density development like the condo complex where I live, and not wanting to unnecessarily advertise the contents to overly curious neighbors who can be very abundant. (Posted on 3/21/2017)
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