PMC: Creating A Legend
Precision Made Cartridges (PMC) is a division of Poongsan Corporation, a South Korea firm established in 1968 that specializes in the production of titanium, copper and other metal materials. It didn’t take long for its products to earn an enviable and global reputation for performance, quality control and innovation.
The success story is a noteworthy one for a youthful South Korea, but the lack of a signed peace treaty to officially end the Korean Conflict has placed national security at risk. Tensions have always remained high and the oppressive dictatorship to the north chronically signals hostilities are about to resume. Among the South Korean government’s responses is an emphasis on self-reliance and, when possible, domestic production of materials needed for the democracy’s defense.
Angang Ammo Plant
Small arms ammunition plays a critical role, and Poongsan addressed the situation in 1973 when it opened the Angang ammunition factory. The corporate expertise showed and because virtually every component in their cartridges is manufactured in a Poongsan plant, it maintains 100-percent quality control over everything coming in, and going out, of its doors.
It wasn’t long before excess inventory found its way to the commercial market and the loads quickly gained favor with recreational shooters. That fast-growing reputation for reliability and accuracy increased demand and the company officially opened a Texas-based PMC Ammunition headquarters in 2013.
PMC isn’t Poongsan’s first American endeavor. That honor goes to Cedar Rapids, IA-based PMX Industries, which opened in 1992. It specializes in the production of precision metal products and develops customized materials for different applications.
The company has never lost sight of the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and women during the Korean Conflict, either. In 2010 it paid for and erected a memorial to the 507 Iowa natives who died in the war. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was a speaker during the dedication, which took place on the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the hostilities. The monument is in the city’s Veterans Memorial Park.
Poongsan America is the company’s other U.S.-based firm. In 2002 it opened doors in Los Angeles, and today it offers those familiar metal raw materials, in addition to machinery, including some tailored to produce cartridges.
Quality First Mindset
Today, plants in Angang and Busan, South Korea, produce ammunition for the company. Both employ a vertically integrated manufacturing system to ensure the kind of quality control—from raw material to finished product—that translates to firing-line performance. The propellants are even produced by Poongsan.
PMC makes and exports more than 40 different types of sporting ammunition today, and its commercial offerings undergo the same stringent testing as its military loads. All the cartridges meet U.S. mil-spec standards, as well as those published by SAAMI. The strict standards even apply to the ammo in the company’s ever-popular bulk packs and all brass is reloadable and primers non-corrosive.
The company’s 2018 annual report highlights some of its environmentally friendly efforts, too. “Poongsan is dedicated to developing environmentally friendly ammunition using frangible projectiles and nontoxic primers,” it explains. “These primers contain no heavy metals…and actually exceed current EPA standards. Spectrographic analysis of primer residue shows only trace amounts of potash, which is harmless and actually acts as a fertilizer.”
PMC Bronze Ammo
The PMC Bronze lineup may be budget friendly, but there are no compromises in its quality control or performance. If you practice a lot or compete with regularity, this brand is an ideal solution.
At least one load is available for most popular pistol chamberings, and long-gun owners who need to feed their .50 BMG, .308 Win, .223 Rem or 7.62x39 mm are also in luck. Interestingly, different bullet designs and weights are also available in the line. In .45 ACP, for example, the company offers 230-grain FMJ loads, but also a 180-grain JHP—all under the same Bronze label.
Tested by militaries across the globe, this line of cartridges from PMC is tailored for slightly more demanding use. Its available 5.56 NATO loads with a 55-grain bullet or 62-grainer that emulates the U.S. military’s M855. That version even has green paint applied to the steel bullet tip to ease identification and moisture-blocking sealant applied around the primers.
The 7.62 NATO X-TAC version comes with a 147-grain FMJBT bullet. Performance is similar, if not identical, to M80 ball ammo.
PMC X-TAC Match
If you’re serious about making those long-distance connections, look no further than the company’s X-TAC Match. In the .223 Rem version the 77-grain projectile is made by Sierra Bullets, arguably one of—if not the—premier manufacturer of precision bullets today. The loads are also available in .308 Win and .50 BMG Bullet weights are 168- and 740-grains, respectively.
PMC Battle Packs
Preppers and survivalists aren’t the only ones who realize the benefits when bulk-packaged ammo comes in vacuum-sealed, waterproof polymer packs tough enough to tote into the field and defy the elements. Compact storage and organization are other advantages, but the cost savings is one of the biggest reasons for PMC Battle Pack popularity.
Battle Pack round count varies between 1,000 and 120, depending on chambering and/weight. Obviously, price per cartridge goes down with the larger volumes, but quality never varies. Inside you’ll find the same tested and trusted PMC Bronze cartridges, and even 5.56 NATO loads from the X-TAC line.
PMC Ammo Cans
PMC also offers classic-looking G.I. Ammo cans chock full of its Bronze .223 Rem and .50 BMG loads. That’s 100 rounds of 660-grain, FMJ tipped fodder in the latter case, complete with links and, naturally, there’s no doubt you’ll find plenty of storage uses for that metal case once it’s empty.
PMC 380 Auto 90 Grain FMJ – 1000 Rounds$359.00
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 90 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 1000 Ammo Caliber 380 Auto (ACP) Manufacturer SKU 380A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 90741569070068 Cost Per Round 35.9¢ per round
If you're serious about mastering a .380 ACP handgun, you need some good defensive ammo and a whole lot of less expensive range ammo. This 1,000 round case of FMJ rounds from PMC should take care of the latter need at a reasonable cost!
Each cartridge in this case fires a 90 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 961 feet per second, producing typical .380 Auto ballistics. A great practice load for Ruger LCPs, Glock 42, SIG P238s, and other compact pistols chambered for this convenient caliber.
PMC ammunition is made in South Korea by defense contractor Poongsan, which also serves the South Korean military. Poongsan is a large scale manufacturer that produces its own primers, propellant, and brass in-house to maintain strong quality control while keeping prices down. This combination of reliability and value has made the PMC brand quite popular among American shooters.
PMC 380 Auto 90 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds$18.00
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 90 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 50 Ammo Caliber 380 Auto (ACP) Manufacturer SKU 380A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 741569070065 Cost Per Round 36.0¢ per round
This .380 ACP ammunition from PMC delivers cost-effective target shooting that will help you hone your skills and become more effective with your carry weapon should you ever have to use it in self-defense. Each cartridge in this box of 50 fires a 90 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 961 feet per second.
Like most .380 Auto cartridges, this ammo produces somewhat snappy recoil in subcompact carry pistols like the Ruger LCP, Bersa Thunder, Walther PP, and Glock 42. Grab a few of these 50 round boxes to master it!
PMC ammunition is loaded in South Korea using non-corrosive Boxer primers and reloadable brass cases.
PMC Bronze 45 ACP 230 Grain FMJ – 1000 Rounds$395.00
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 230 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 1000 Ammo Caliber 45 ACP (Auto) Manufacturer SKU 45A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 90741569070228 Cost Per Round 39.5¢ per round
Shooters across the country are burning through cases of PMC ammunition and saving a ton of money in the process. PMC ammo is reliable and inexpensive, making it the perfect choice for range use. These .45 ACP cartridges come in a large 1,000 round case ideal for hardcore fans of 1911s and other guns chambered for this powerful caliber.
Each cartridge in this case fires a heavy 230 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 830 feet per second. This is a somewhat lighter load than most defensive ammo and will produce moderate recoil.
PMC ammunition is loaded in South Korea using non-corrosive Boxer primers and reloadable brass cases, both of which are produced in-house.
PMC 223 Rem 55 Grain FMJ-BT – 1000 Rounds$419.00
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 55 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail (FMJ-BT) Use Type indoor range shooting, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 1000 Ammo Caliber 223 Remington Manufacturer SKU 223A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 50741569060085 Cost Per Round 41.9¢ per round
Load up on some high quality, low cost ammunition for your favorite AR or other .223/5.56mm caliber rifle. PMC Bronze ammunition comes from South Korea out of the some of the most sophisticated and efficient manufacturing plants. A length of experience producing ammunition for NATO countries as well as adherence to U.S. standard tolerances has a resulted in inexpensive ammo with high reliability.
These cartridges are constructed using reloadable brass casings fitted with non-corrosive Boxer primers and topped by full metal jacket boat-tail (FMJ-BT) bullets. The bullets weigh in at 55 grains which is a standard across the board for the caliber and will stabilize with the widest ranges of barrel lengths and twists. In addition, the boat tail tapered rear of the bullet reduces drag and increases accuracy. This bulk pack of 1,000 rounds is great to stock up on for matches and classes and has been specifically recommended by some training companies like the United States Shooting Academy (USSA).
Excellent ammo for the price
Excellent ammo for the price. Runs very good and clean, no problems with whatsoever.
Review by Madmax (Posted on 9/19/2016)
even better than expected
I was looking for better accuracy than I'd found with _ _ _ _ M193 type ammo and reviews indicated the PMC was the answer. Bought a case to function test a new M-4(gery) for another shooter. This ammo is topnotch-more accurate than the carbine's owner can utilize. I just wish I'd bought two cases and kept one.
Review by Mobuck (Posted on 9/12/2016)
Great ammo with a great price!
Great price for 1000 rounds. 200 rounds through my Daniel Defense so far and had no problems. Need to order more before Jan 1 since I'm in CA.
Review by Kamera (Posted on 7/31/2016)
200 Rounds Fired So Far: 0 Complaints
The ammo came in a convenient packaging of 20 rd boxes. Convenient to load two mags of 10 rd each (in the pathetic state of CT, that's all we're allowed). No issues with the firing or ejection. Tight grouping at 25 yards after sighting in. Haven't tried 100 yards yet. No complaints
Review by p-chip (Posted on 7/17/2016)
Good quality, great price
Good quality ammo, runs great, never had an issue, run it in AR and COLT M-16 in full auto.
Review by randall (Posted on 5/18/2016)
Fired 3000+ Rounds, not a single issue
PMC Bronze is great ammo. Im on my fourth case right now, and I love it. Zero failures. With my Daniel Defense 16" Carbine and an ACOG I was effortlessly hitting 24" square steel at 500yds with 55gr! I prefer it to other ammo as most other brand 5.56 has the dirty looking annealing burn marks on the neck of the cartridge, but PMC takes the time to polish that off. It doesnt affect function of course, but it is a really nice touch. Quality ammo, buy with confidence.
Review by Christian (Posted on 4/20/2016)
Good Ammo for the Money
Have run through about 300 rounds of this ammo with no issues. Good ammo for the money
Review by Will (Posted on 3/6/2016)
PMC X-TAC M855 5.56x45mm 62 Grain FMJ – 1000 Rounds$457.85
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 62 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Use Type match or precision shooting, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 1000 Ammo Caliber 5.56x45mm Manufacturer SKU 5.56K Primer Type Boxer Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode 20741569010126 Cost Per Round 45.8¢ per round
Get your fill of M855 style ammo with this 1000 round bulk pack of PMC's X-TAC NATO 5.56mm. Just like milspec M855, these rounds use 62 grain bullets with light-amor penetrating* steel tips which are painted green for easy identification. As a result, these rounds will match ballistic tables and ballistic drop compensation (BDC) reticles commonly used with modern low power scopes. The reloadable brass casings are annealed at the neck and shoulder for added strength (useful to reloaders) while the non-corrosive Boxer primers are bordered by moisture-blocking sealant. The bullets are full metal jacket (FMJ) and possess toothed cannelures to prevent projectile setback.
PMC is a Houston based company that sources its ammunition from South Korean plants that supply to the ROK military as well as other to other NATO countries. Their X-TAC line is highly regarded for adhering to stringent military specification while still maintaining an inexpensive price for all shooters.
*While this is not armor-penetrating ammunition by definition, some ranges will not allow these rounds to be fired indoors nor outdoors on certain steel targets.
Best M855 round
This is the best M855 ammo I've ever bought. It's not second class or third class M855 like what Lake City is that the public can purchase. PMC sale first rate M855 to the public at a fair price and it's very clean brass.
Review by Fireball (Posted on 9/23/2016)
PMC Bronze 357 Magnum 158 Grain JSP - 50 Rounds$23.85
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 158 Grain Bullet Type Jacketed Soft-Point (JSP) Use Type home defense, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 50 Ammo Caliber 357 Magnum Manufacturer SKU 357A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 741569050173 Cost Per Round 47.7¢ per round
Hog hunters and other fans of .357 Magnum revolvers will enjoy this cost-effective soft point ammunition from PMC. These cartridges deliver good mushrooming without fragmenting, making them ideal for taking game you plan on eating.
This ammo comes in 50-round boxes and fires a 158 grain jacketed soft point bullet at 1,200 feet per second.
PMC ammunition is loaded in South Korea by Poongsan, a defense contractor that also produces its own non-corrosive primers and brass to ensure optimal quality control.
PMC 10mm Auto 200 Grain FMJ-TC - 50 Rounds$25.85
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 200 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket Truncated Cone (FMJTC) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 50 Ammo Caliber 10mm Auto Manufacturer SKU 10A Primer Type Boxer UPC Barcode 741569050760 Cost Per Round 51.7¢ per round
PMC is one of the premier companies in high quality but inexpensive ammunition. Their integration philosophy insures some of the best quality control. With their supplier manufacturing all of their parts themselves, this gives rise to incredibly high quality control.
Manufactured to strict standards, this 50 round box of 10mm Auto PMC ammo is just what you need. Three years after the FBI disaster in Miami in 1986, the FBI adopted the 10mm Auto for a short time. In fact, some people still prefer this round over the round the FBI switched to after the 10mm Auto, the 40 S&W, referred to by some to as the 40 Short and Wimpy.
This powerful, 200 Grain round fires at 1050 fps, packing a huge punch. This 50 round box of FMJ-TC rounds are perfect for range training, keeping you in practice for when you need to stop someone with massive force. Don't miss out on this great deal and pick up some today!
PMC Starfire 40 S&W 180 Grain JHP - 20 Rounds$11.50
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 180 Grain Bullet Type Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Use Type home defense Casing Type Brass Quantity 20 Ammo Caliber 40 Smith & Wesson Manufacturer SKU 40SFA Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 741569010191 Cost Per Round 57.5¢ per round
From the company that supplies the South Korean military with ammunition of all calibers comes PMC's Starfire ammunition. If you liked their other ammunition, you will love this affordable self defense ammo. With PMC's patented rib and flute bullet design, these rounds are crafted to expand up to two times their original size. With an average 20 inch penetration, you can't do better for this price.
Developed after the 1986 FBI shootout in Miami, the 40 S&W replaced the FBI's previous round as a round with significantly more stopping power. If you are looking for an impressive personal defense round at an affordable price, this may be the very best ammo you will find.
PMC X-TAC 7.62x51mm 147 Grain FMJ-BT - 500 Rounds$364.85
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 147 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail (FMJ-BT) Use Type match or precision shooting, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 500 Ammo Caliber 308 Winchester (7.62X51) Manufacturer SKU 7.62X Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 20741569010157 Cost Per Round 73.0¢ per round
PMC ammunition has gained a reputation for being consistent and reliable at a very competitive price point. These X-TAC rounds are Ball M80 7.62x51mm NATO rounds that are loaded into boxer primed brass cases that are re-loadable. Each projectile in this case of 500 is a 147 grain full metal jacket that exits the barrel around 2,800 feet per second. These are perfect rounds for your AR-10 or any other 7.62x51mm firearm.
PMC ammunition is manufactured in South Korea by the Poongsan Corporation. They are responsible for producing all of the munition needs for the South Korean Military. Due to complete vertical integration, Poongsan manufactures every component required to produce their ammunition so they have complete quality control over every process. All of their products meet SAAMI specification or comply with MIL SPEC depending on the caliber.
Pick up a case of these high quality 7.62x51mm NATO rounds today!
PMC Bronze 50 BMG 660 Grain FMJ-BT - 200 Rounds$649.85
Manufacturer PMC Condition New Bullet Weight 660 Grain Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail (FMJ-BT) Use Type match or precision shooting, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 200 Ammo Caliber 50 BMG Manufacturer SKU 50A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode 60741569060358 Cost Per Round $3.25 per round
If you want consistency and outstanding power from your .50 BMG cartridges, order this 200-round case from PMC, a leading company for elite training ammunition. You’ll get rounds that use meticulous engineering and quality control to ensure excellent speed and unprecedented power. Thanks to the full metal jacket boat tail projectile, these rounds feed smoothly and leave less fouling in the barrel.
When you fire these .50 BMG cartridges, you’ll have a muzzle speed of 3,080 feet per second. That’s pretty impressive, but it’s the 13,688 foot pounds of energy from the 660-grain bullet that makes these bullets truly exceptional. With a boat tail, the powerful rounds will have excellent accuracy and tight grouping, even at distances well beyond 500 yards.
PMC makes some of the most consistent and reliable training and sporting ammunition in the country. They create military-spec cartridges that are trusted by gun owners from coast to coast.