One name that has become almost synonymous with economical steel-cased ammunition is Wolf Performance Ammunition. If you shoot, collect or have any interest in ComBloc firearms, then you are likely well aware of the Wolf brand. Their 7.62x39mm, 5.45x39mm, 9x18mm and 7.62x54mmR loads are a staple of shooters across the country.
While Wolf Performance Ammunition is best known for their economical steel-cased ammunition, the company is neither Russian nor limited to this type of product.
They also offer high quality brass-cased ammunition, match grade .22 rimfire, shotshells, day optics, Gen 3 night vision devices, piston and direct gas AR upper receivers, reloading components and rifle cases. Even though Wolf Performance Ammunition offers such a diverse line of products, shooters know them best for their ComBloc caliber ammunition.
A Look at Wolf Performance Ammunition
Wolf Performance Ammunition is actually the brand name used by an American company called Sporting Supplies International, Inc. (hereafter referred to simply as Wolf). Founded in Anaheim, Calif., in 1996, they began by importing new production sporting ammunition in popular ComBloc military calibers from Russia.
Looking back, this was only a few years after the fall of Communism. With Russia suddenly open to the West, many companies and individuals headed east to make some quick money. What set Wolf apart from this “get rich quick” crowd was the desire to build long term relationships with its partners.
This approach was quite different than most, who simply wanted the cheapest ammo they could find from whoever would sell it to them. To make the ammunition line distinctive Wolf created the Wolf Performance Ammunition brand. Attractively boxed, it stood out from the drab Stalin-era boxes of other importers.
Wolf also stood out from the crowd by the manner in which they stand behind their product. They offer a money-back guarantee on their ammunition. If you are not happy with the performance of the ammunition, Wolf will refund your money for the unused portion, including shipping charges. No questions asked.
Within a relatively short time, Wolf Performance Ammunition became hugely successful and a major player on the U.S. ammunition market. It soon expanded from selling only traditional ComBloc calibers and began offering American favorites like .223 Rem, .308 Win, .30-’06, 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
All of this was new production ammunition and priced so the average blue collar worker could afford a fair bit of recreational shooting, plinking and practice with family and friends. One of the hallmarks of Wolf’s steel-case line, after all, is a price that lets shooters spend more time at the range.
How well does Wolf Performance Ammunition actually perform? To demonstrate, I gathered together