October 21, 2022
By Alex Landeen
While both tracer and Streak ammunition allow the shooter to follow the flight path of the projectile, Streak technology is non-incendiary. Unlike traditional tracer rounds which have a pyrotechnic compound that ignites when fired, Streak uses a photo-luminescent material on the back of the bullet, generating no heat. This material is “charged” with light by the muzzle flash, causing it to glow as it travels downrange. This means there is no potential for the round to ignite material on impact.
Because it is non-incendiary, it is safe for both indoor and outdoor situations, especially when shooting in hot, dry conditions where grass or brush has the potential to ignite.
Using Streak Visual Ammunition gives the shooter the advantages of a traditional tracer round with none of the drawbacks. The new offering of Green Streak makes logical sense as green is one of the easiest colors for the human eye to see, making tracking rounds and impact points even easier. Green Streak Ammo.
Improved Training Means Improved Accuracy
Whether shooting indoors or low-light/night training outdoors, the ability to see your impacts in real time gives you instant feedback. In stressful situations, knowing where your round impacted is of great importance, especially when follow-up shots are necessary.
For any shooter, seeing a bullet trace is entertaining. There is something that makes me smile watching what looks like green lasers travel downrange, especially for a person who watched Star Wars as a child and dreamed of wielding Han Solo’s blaster.
For new shooters, being able to mark impacts is more than just fun, it’s instructional. If a shooter is missing their mark, they might try a different grip, or realize that they are not focusing on the sight/sights properly. When they hit their intended target, the feeling of the proper action is immediately gratified. Knowing that they have made a good shot helps ingrain proper technique.
When working with an instructor, the same values apply. The instructor can see the bullet path and work with the student to make the necessary adjustments.
Visual Ammunition and Self Defense
Streak is available in traditional ball ammunition, but it is also offered in a jacketed hollow point for self-defense. I do not intend to get into tactics, laws, or the potential unfortunate plethora of issues that can arise when a law-abiding citizen uses his second amendment rights to protect themselves and the lives of their loved ones. That being said, any advantage you can bring to a gunfight is just that: An advantage.
Half of our lives are spent in darkness. Under stressful situations, people claim that time slows down. This is just an illusion. Under extreme stress the brain expands its capability to form memories, creating the sense that a situation was “slowed” when recalled. During these situations, senses are both heightened and dulled. Vision is enhanced but also narrowed towards the perceived threat. Things happen quickly, and we will often revert to our lowest level of training.
In the case of a self-defense shooting, with all the chaos that comes with it, having the ability to know where your rounds hit makes a difference. You probably won't get a perfect sight picture. Your footing will most likely not be perfect, your trigger press; not textbook. The ability to see a hit from a miss might make all the difference in the world.
And now that Streak Visual Ammunition is offered in green, that advantage just got a little clearer to see.
This brings me to another point: Streak ammo is only visible from about 30 degrees behind the gun. Meaning in the unfortunate event of a gunfight, civilians, LE, and military personnel can know that the bad guys down range cannot see the trace of the bullet's path, which inevitably would lead back to the shooter. (Which obviously would not be ideal)
Streak: Performance and Last Thoughts
I didn’t want to bias my testing before I had a chance to shoot this new green Streak, but I did have thoughts. I was interested in how much adding a material to the back of a round might affect performance. How consistent is the application? Does the shape/material of the back of the round have any impact on performance?
The pistol that I have the most experience within the last few years is a Walther Q5 Steel Frame. With a 5-inch barrel and the added weight of that extra heavy metal, it’s a tack driver. It doesn't take me long to know if ammunition is up to par.
That being said, the green Streak ammunition that I tested performed as good as any top brand I have shot on the market. My best 5-shot group measured 0.68 inches.
I shot over 200 rounds during testing with no issues. Each round performed exactly as expected, all equally bright and easily trackable through the dark.
With Streak, we have an accurate round that acts just like any other ammunition in the light of day, but with the added training and tactical advantage of being visible in the dark. It’s non-incendiary and nontoxic. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
Ask your local firearms retailer for Ammo Inc.’s Green Streak, buy it on your favorite E-Commerce Marketplace such as GunBroker.com, AmmunitionDepot.com, or visit Ammoinc.com.
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