A friend picked up a box of Speer Gold Dot JHP at a store that was selling them for about half price. There was a sticker on the box stating "reclassified - NOT for law enforcement". Anybody know what that is all about?
I have heard on other threads that this ammo is seconds. That is they did not pass inspection. I would use this ammo for practice but would not carry for protection.
If anyone else has further info please respond.
A lot of this stuff showing up on the shelves, but you won't know it cuzz
it's not all marked on the individual boxes (sometimes just the outside of
the case). If it's new GD ammo in 50 round boxes and cheap, most likely it's the reclassified stuff. Big difference from "recycled" LE ammo that did meet specs and is back on the market.
"Reclassified" ammo from Speer/Blount. "The ammunition that has been reclassified somehow failed to meet a contract stipulation. It is safe to shoot. Most is likely suitable for defensive use, but it would depend on the exact problem. A large quantity fell out for poor nickel plating on the cases. This nickel plating would not compromise the use of the ammunition, but flaking could present functional problems. Inspection of the ammunition you have should be able to determine if there is any worry in that regard. Other lots were reclassified for other reasons. In general I feel it is best to use it for practice and to prove functioning in the gun and stay with ammunition that was not reclassified for actual carry." - Guy Neill, Blount
Sporting Equipment Group
This does not make me feel warm and fuzzy about Speer, or the folks who sell it without mentioning it.
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Just bought some Speer Gold Dot .40/180 grain in 20-round boxes from Natchez.
Can I be sure that this is not "reclassified" stuff? It certainly wasn't cheap.
The idea that Speer would sell seconds without marking each box is outrageous.
David, I have personally seen dealers at gun shows peel off the "reclassified" sticker.
As far as I know, Speer does not sell 50rnd boxes to civilians, therefore I would be cautious about all of it. If it's in a 20rnd box, it should be a-okay, unless some scum-sucking maggot decided to put reclassified stuff in 20rnd boxes and sell it on a gun store shelf, or at a show.
Indeed, this type of business practice sucks.
This is why I never buy ammo from gun shows. Maybe the guy you bought it from hasn't done anything to it, but what about the two or three dealers before that? Too many hands...
If you are looking for Speer Gold Dot ammo, try http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com I've been buying stuff from them for the last 8 years, with excellent results. They do not sell reclassified ammo.
The fewer people between you and the factory, the better :smile: .
Thanks for all of the info guys. I may very well have some of the reclassified stuff as well and didn't even know it! I normally use 165gr. GDHP. I found some in fifty round boxes last time. I don't know if these are reclassified or not, but I'll shoot it up and buy some new stuff just to be safe.