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Thread: KTW Inc. brand ammunition, Teflon, and the 1980s Media...... History Thread

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    KTW Inc. brand ammunition, Teflon, and the 1980s Media...... History Thread

    Back in the late 70s and early 80s a little company named KTW came up with an armor piercing load for a number of cartridges including .30 Carbine. Their claim to immortal fame was the fact that they coated their projectiles green teflon. This had nothing to do with making it armor piercing. That was simply a solid slug of mostly hardened brass with a steel core. The teflon was applied to protect the barrel's rifling.

    (An old-style 38 Spl on the left, with a newer-production 38 Spl on the right. I believe the Teflon was never intended to even touch the bore in the original design, as the base cup has a larger diameter than any part of the rest of the projectile.)

    They made ammo in .25 ACP, .32 Auto, .380 Auto, 9x19mm, .45 ACP .38 S&W Special, .357 Remington Magnum, and .30 Carbine.

    Here's an original article about the ammo from 1979 Soldier of Fortune.

    Here is a bigger image of the original advertisement.

    So what was the big deal? Well, it was the height of the Cocaine Drug War and the Crack Epidemic was spreading like crazy in the 1980s. Cops were just starting to wear body armor. Crappy thick, horribly unconformable body armor that sucked for the most part on stopping anything let alone one of these rounds. These were marketed towards law enforcement and the military to defeat barriers like auto glass and period car bodies which were still made out of steel.

    The Anti-Gunners in the media caught wind of this and took off like the drunken retards they are and made it a problem that never existed. They claimed that the Teflon Coating is what made them armor piercing and that via magic, it allowed the hardened slug slip through the kevlar fibers of the then crappy vests that couldn't stop a damn .357 Mag or .44 Mag let alone a 9mm. But they went hardcore stupid with it. States across the country passed idiotic laws. Florida is one of them to this day.

    Anyways.... here is period pricing on KTW ammo and packaging.

    Headstamps, L to R:W-W 25 AUTO
    R-P 32 AUTO
    KTW 9mm LUGER
    S&W "380 AUTO"
    W-W 38 AUTO (sold as a .38 Super loading, 106gr per label)
    KTW 38 SPL (plated case, 105gr per label)
    KTW 357 MAG (plated case, 115gr per label)
    KTW 30 CARB (80gr per label)
    W-W 45 AUTO (182gr per label)

    Last but not least....

    The famous KTW 9mm "Safety Pack" Ammo Wallet. I had a couple of those back in the day. Shot them out of a Beretta 92SB before I knew that they were getting rare.

    Anyways.... there's your old school trip down memory lane.
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    Oh, before I forget....

    In the 1960s; Paul Kopsch (an Ohio coroner), Daniel Turcos (a police sergeant), and Donald Ward (Kopsch's special investigator), began experimenting with special purpose handgun ammunition. Their objective was to develop a law enforcement round capable of improved penetration against hard targets, such as windshield glass and automobile doors. Conventional bullets, made primarily from lead, often become deformed and less effective after striking hard targets, especially when fired at handgun velocities. The inventors named their company "KTW," after their initials. KTW had begun commercial production in the late 60s to early 70s. In 1980, continued production of the ammunition was turned over to the North American Ordnance Corporation. The production of KTW-branded ammunition eventually ceased in the 1990s.

    Winchester used molybdenum disulfide (black Teflon coating) on their original load of Black Talon JHP ammo line. It later became the Winchetser Ranger SXT line. The running gag is that SXT stands for Same eXact Thing. Since the Ranger line and Black Talon line are the same except for labeling and coloring.
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