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Old May 20, 2017, 08:53 PM   #1
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Blazer Brass

I have a Sphinx Compact SDP 9mm. It's been great for shooting, never had a jam or any problems until recently.
I was using Blazer Brass, which is made by CCI, so it should be quality ammo, but I had nothing but problems. Jams, failure to eject and failure to feed time after time.

I've read a lot of reviews and most people give this ammo good reviews, with only a few having experience like mine.

What has been your experience with this ammo?
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Old May 20, 2017, 08:55 PM   #2
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Never ever had problems with them in any gun: Glocks, Springfield, Beretta, Sig, M&P.


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Old May 20, 2017, 08:57 PM   #3
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Some pistols don't like certain ammo I've been told and read about. I have not had any problems using Blazer ammo in my Glock 19 ever. IMHO, move on to other ammo.
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Old May 20, 2017, 09:09 PM   #4
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Blazer Brass works well in all my pistols. Just use what works well in yours.
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Old May 20, 2017, 09:39 PM   #5
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Blazer Brass has always worked in every semiautomatic pistol I've owned.
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Old May 20, 2017, 09:57 PM   #6
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The Alpha I owned needed pretty hot ammo to function.


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Old May 20, 2017, 10:12 PM   #7
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No issues with blazer here. TulAmmo is the only brand that's ever given me issues.
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Old May 20, 2017, 10:45 PM   #8
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I've also never had trouble with Blazer Brass in either 9mm or .45 acp but, as Doc Holliday 1950 said, sometimes a particular pistol just doesn't like a particular brand of ammo. If it shoots other types okay, I would just call it good and use ammo the pistol likes.
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Old May 20, 2017, 10:56 PM   #9
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blazer brass is one of my hoarding brands. anything made by Vista outdoors is good ammo. speer, cci, federal, and american eagle are all great brands and good quality, much better than the junk that winchester and remington have become. be careful of their independence ammo, cheap poor quality imported from isreal. as for your sphynx not liking it, I don't know what to tell you. it might need a thorough strip and ultrasonic cleaning.
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Old May 21, 2017, 12:06 AM   #10
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I love me some Blazer Brass. It's affordable factory ammo and reloads really well, many many times. My experience is mainly in the 9mm variety.

Firearms are finicky things sometimes though. My Sig P238 doesn't like PMC Bronze but my LCP would run it all day long.

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Old May 21, 2017, 02:03 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies! I guess for whatever reason, the Sphinx doesn't like it. Defiantly won't buy it again, but l'll have to suffer through what I've got left.
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Old May 21, 2017, 11:45 AM   #12
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I'm going to guess you were shooting 115 grain, if so go up to 124 or 148 if you were using 124.
I also have never had an issue of any kind with Blazer Brass, and I range time with 115 grain.
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Old May 21, 2017, 02:07 PM   #13
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I've never had a problem with Blazer Brass. As others have noted, some pistols just prefer one brand over others, and that may be the case with your Sphinx. Is this a new pistol? And what grain were you using? I'm not a gunsmith by any stretch of the imagination, but one of the controversial (& oft-discussed) topics around here is whether a new gun needs to be broken in. If the Blazer Brass that's giving you trouble is 115 grain, you might go run a couple of hundred of 124s or 147s through it, and then give the 115s another try.
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Old May 21, 2017, 03:41 PM   #14
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The only problem I have had with 9mm 115gr Blazer Brass was in my Glock 34, the casings get ejected straight back into my forehead. This brass to face problem only happened to me with Blazer Brass, I suspect that it's a little underpowered. It's possible your Sphinx pistol prefers hotter ammo, I've had good luck with Fiocchi ammo.
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Old May 22, 2017, 11:16 PM   #15
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Yep, it was 115 grain. The Sphinx is not brand new, I've put a couple thousand rounds through it, and Fiocchi has been great!

The Blazer Brass seems underpowered and very dirty ammo.
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Old May 23, 2017, 03:48 AM   #16
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Just went through a hundred rounds of .38 special last Friday and shot way more then that of 9mm in the past. Stuff works great if your gun likes it........no down side with Blazer in any of my guns!
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Old May 23, 2017, 05:49 AM   #17
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Yep, it was 115 grain. The Sphinx is not brand new, I've put a couple thousand rounds through it, and Fiocchi has been great!
Well, then it sounds like your gun just doesn't like Blazer Brass. The good news is that's an easy problem to solve. Buy Fiocchi.
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Old May 23, 2017, 08:02 AM   #18
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Yep! Unfortunately, I've still got a few boxes of Blazer Brass to go through. I guess it's good practice for clearing jams.
Thanks for all the input!
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Old May 23, 2017, 09:06 AM   #19
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Sometimes an individual firearm will work out at the very lowest range of functionality. A bit more resistance than other firearms. I f you fire a truly bottom line of power and push, and your shooting style combines with low impulse, your slide can and will function with less "snap" and overall energy, causing your extraction and ejection to be substandard.

You will eventually find other rounds that will give you similar poor results. Probably any "low recoil" round will fail. Running nothing but 125-147 grain bullets that will maximize the rearward push on the slide should absolutely increase the reliability of your handgun.
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