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- Patented technology allows the shooter to keep a visual on the projectile’s path toward its target
- Next Generation, non flammable visual tracer-style ammunition – because it is not an incendiary round, it’s safe for both indoor and outdoor use
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- Increase shooting enjoyment and accuracy
9mm Tracer Rounds
Tracer ammunition utilizes a bullet that has a hollow base and contains chemicals similar to what is in a road flare.
When the round is fired, this material is ignited and burns brightly, making the projectile’s path visible to the naked eye.
These rounds are most often used to mark battlefield targets, with a fire team leader firing an entire magazine of tracers
at a particular target and the rest of the fire team or another unit, offshore Naval Gunfire, close air support, Artillery, etc. firing in that direction.
There are some FAQ about tracers and tracer ammo:
1) Will 9mm tracer rounds ammo “burn-out” my barrel?
Answer: Non-Corrosive tracers will not burn out your barrel.
That story begin when older surplus tracers with corrosive compounds were available on the civilian market.
The burning of the tracer didn’t “burn-out” the barrel, the barrel “rusted-out” if the shooter didn’t clean their weapon afterwards.
Modern tracers today, including SBR LaserMatch, use non-corrosive compounds in their manufacturing.
2) I hear that 9mm tracer rounds use phosphorus, this true?
Answer: Not true. For one thing, phosphorus is corrosive and can be unstable. Just not a safe compound to use in tracer manufacturer.
3) The colored tip is what makes the bullet trace.
The friction of the air on the bullet when fired, ignites the “tracer paint”
. Is this true?
Answer: 100% false. The colored tip on the bullet is just to identify what type of ammunition it is.
There is no such thing as “tracer paint”, even though I have had customer
tell me that vendors at GUN SHOWS often have bottles of “tracer paint” for sell.
History of 9mm Tracer rounds Ammo
During World War I, the British military introduced a tracer version of the 303 Enfield cartridge in 1915 and the United States
followed with a 30-06 tracer in 1917. US tracers were originally identified by utilizing a blackened cartridge case;
this means of identification was later supplanted by painting the tip of the bullets red or orange.
Eventually, this protocol would be adopted by other nations and tracers hav
e been used in nearly every conceivable military long arm as well as a few handgun chamberings over the past 100 years by every military force on earth.
These traditional red tip tracer rounds are completely safe to shoot from any weapon chambered for 9mm Luger (9×19 Parabellum).
Each round produces a bright red streak of light that can easily be seen day or night.
Originally developed as a military round for aiming assistance,
these red tip tracers illuminate the trajectory of the bullet so the shooter can easily observe where rounds are hitting.
Featuring a unique pyrotechnic charge at the base of each round, these loads produce a highly visible trail of light when the primer ignites the propellant powders.
Tracing bright red upon exiting the muzzle, these rounds continue to trace for up to 400 yards.
The bright red trail is especially visible at night, although the trace is still visible, even in bright daylight conditions.
Entertaining as a novelty round, these loads produce hours of fun shooting.
They do pose a mild fire hazard, so care should be used to avoid firing into dry brush or other combustible materials.
Advantages of 9mm Tracer rounds Ammunition
Tracer ammunition was developed to mark targets for spotters working with artillery, gunships or mortar units.
Soldiers would fire on the target with tracer rounds in their small arms and the spotter would direct fire on where the tracers were impacting.
They can also be used to ignite a flammable target.
Tracers were used with great effectiveness in the First World War against German Zeppelins as the rounds could ignite the gasses inside the DIRIGIBLE.
Because of their visibility, tracer rounds can provide a visual cue for a Soldier or Marine to change an empty magazine during a firefight.
When used in rifles or machine guns, tracers are typically loaded as every fourth or fifth round.
Soldiers and Marines typically placed tracers as the first several rounds in their magazines.
These rounds would in turn be the last rounds fired and would alert the shooter that his weapon was almost empty,
and it was time to change the magazine.
Outside of a military application, tracers can be used in handgun and machinegun training exercises.
They are excellent for impressive shooting demonstrations at nighttime, particularly when fired from an aircraft.
Lastly, tracer rounds can play an important role in outdoor shooting range development.
The visible path of the bullet in flight and more importantly its impact is often used for testing shooting ranges to see if there are potential hazards and vulnerabilities with regard to ricochet.
Disadvantages of 9mm Tracer rounds Ammo
There are a few disadvantages to using tracer ammo.
Due to its flammable nature, tracer ammunition is capable of causing wildfires and is outlawed in certain states for this reason.
From a tactical perspective, tracer ammunition can give away the shooter’s position to the enemy and
can potentially overwhelm certain types of military-grade night vision equipment.
There was a popular saying during the Vietnam War, “Tracers work both ways”, which emphasized revealing the shooter’s position to the enemy.
Speaking to the night vision, scenario:
This problem mostly occurs with bright tracers which burn upon leaving the muzzle as opposed to delayed tracers
which ignite after 100 yards or dim tracers that were actually developed for use with night vision.
The projectile loaded in tracer ammo often has different aerodynamics and weight when compared to ball ammunition.
For this reason, tracer rounds will have a different point of impact (POI) than conventional ammunition fired at the same distance.
This is due to the weight of a tracer bullet actually decreasing during flight, as the material in its base burns and vaporizes.
Advances in tracer ammunition design have diminished this problem, but it cannot be completely eliminated.
Most shooters may not notice this, but a dedicated target shooter will see the shift in POI immediately.
Tracer ammunition is generally not used in most hunting applications outside of some varmint shooting.
9mm Tracer Rounds by SBR Ammunition
SOUTHERN BALLISTIC RESEARCH (SBR) AMMUNITION offers a variety of LaserMatch tracer rounds for use in handguns and pistol caliber carbines and machineguns.
These range from 380 ACP through 45 ACP and include subsonic loads in 9mm.
Rifle calibers are also available in 223 REM, 330 BLK, 308 WIN, 7.62x39mm, 388 Spectre, and 458 SOCOM.
They provide the shooter with immediate feedback through trajectory visualization – you actually see the rounds impact the target –
thereby allowing rapid correction of shooting errors.
LaserMatch tracers do not use a “glow in the dark” element that have limited applications for day-light use,
but use a proprietary formula based off of traditional military tracer compounds.
These rounds are also available in a TOTAL LEAD FREE Cartridge, using Lead-Free primers, powder, and tracer components.
Additionally, SBR LaserMatch is the only manufacturer offering FRANGIBLE, Lead-Free tracer ammunition.
SBR LaserMatch tracer cartridges are available in two trace ranges to fit your training needs.
SBR LaserMatch tracer cartridges are non-corrosive and will not harm the barrel or firearm.
They are visible at the muzzle and can be seen in full daylight and produce a
Bright Visible Trace. ERVT (Extended Range Visible Tracer) produces a RED Trace, while the SRVT (Short Range Visible Tracer) produces a GREEN Trace.
DIM-IR tracers are also available and require night vision or IR goggles or sighting devices to observe the “trace”.
Do they make 9mm tracer rounds?
Tracer Rounds by SBR Ammunition
Southern Ballistic Research (SBR) Ammunition offers a variety of LaserMatch tracer rounds for use in handguns
and pistol caliber carbines and machineguns. These range from 380 ACP through 45 ACP and include subsonic loads in 9mm.