Tracer rounds are a great round for anyone shooting in low-light to no light situations.
They do have two, pronounced problems though. One is a tracer round gives enemies a bead on your position.
Since they rely on an incendiary element that burns on the round after it’s fired. This burning allows the shooter to see where the bullet is traveling, but it also signals to enemies where the shot originated from.
They also may light things on fire. This hazard is what makes them illegal to shoot across large swaths of the U.S.
The incendiary round portion of the tracer causes high heat and flame to exit out of the barrel, creating a bright muzzle flash that also gives away location (and can burn up elements in front of a shooter).
To fix this and give shooters the benefits of tracers, a company known as Ammo Incorporated created a new tracer round, one that doesn’t generate additional heat and limits the viewability of the round to the shooter and those behind them at 15 degrees to either side.
This is what they look like:
As you can see, what makes this new tracer rounds different than the traditional incendiary round is the fact they use a no-heat phosphor material painted onto the back of a bullet to create light.
This material doesn’t produce any flame, which makes them legal to shoot anywhere (even in indoor ranges) which is untrue of typical tracer rounds.
While not as bright as your typical tracer round, this new round from Ammo Incorporated is still bright enough to see in any light. As Ammo, Inc. says their new round emits enough light emitted that any shooter can visually track them.
Since the specialized phosphor material is only placed on the back of the bullet it means the only people able to see the round are those within a 30-degree viewing area of the round. A great tactical advantage
According to the company, Streak does not generate heat, therefore making the ammunition safer to use in situations where traditional tracers aren’t practical.
“We are beyond excited to bring Streak Visual Ammunition to the market,” said AMMO, Inc.’s CEO, Fred Wagenhals in a statement. “Once you shoot with Streak and you can actually see your projectile travel throughout its path, you will be bored by shooting normal ammunition.”
Streak Visual Ammunition is available in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP; though the company says expanded calibers and even hollow point options will be available in the future. Pricing starts at $11.99.
Here’s what’s really interesting.
Even though this is a new kind of ammo being offered to consumers for the first time ever, this is something shooters who reload have been doing for years. Anyone who reloads can paint a similar material on the back of their bullet, providing the same benefits of tracers without the potential of creating too much heat and possibly lighting things on fire.
Take a look at Ammo Inc’s video showing just how these work below.