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 Bronze 50 BMG 660 Grain FMJ-BT - 10 Rounds$38.30
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 10 Ammo Caliber 50 BMG Manufacturer SKU 50A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic Yes UPC Barcode 741569060356 Cost Per Round $3.83 per round
If you own a rifle that takes .50 BMG cartridges, you already understand the importance of quality and accuracy. That’s why you need to order this 10-round box of 660-grain full metal jacket boat tail ammunition. You’ll be able to shoot .50 BMG cartridges that are extremely fast and amazingly powerful, helping you take accurate shots at distances that other rounds can only dream of.
These rounds have the most outstanding performance in the rifle and downrange. They feed smoothly from the magazine to the chamber and give less fouling in the barrel. The bullets will come blistering out of the barrel with a speed of 3,080 feet per second and a herculean energy of 13,688 foot pounds. With a boat tail, the bullets maintain superior aerodynamics and give excellent trajectories, even at 500 yards and beyond.
PMC is one of the most outstanding ammo manufacturers in the country. They are dedicated to creating the highest-quality cartridges for training and target practice.