Muzzle flash from PMC XP-193 Ammo.

Bloomington, IL (Guns Save Life) – Low muzzle flash remains one of the non-negotiable requirements of any good self-defense load.

In October, at the GSL Defense Training Urban Rifle 101 course, one of our students was using PMC X-Tac 5.56 XP-193 ammo in his Ruger SR-556 rifle.

We noticed some muzzle-flash during the day, but during the night-time segment of the course, the flash was quite prominent – downright obnoxious in fact.

Night-time muzzle flash was obnoxious. Break out the sunscreen!  Photo was taken at 12,800 ISO.

We looked over his rifle.  He had a standard Ruger SR-556 rifle with a standard flash suppressor integrated into the barrel.

Later the second day, we swapped him out some Israeli M193 ammo and could discern a tiny bit of flash, but nothing like that produced by the PMC X-TAC ammo.

The incident provided a valuable lesson to students on the importance of test-firing their personal defense ammunition in low-light conditions to make sure there is little or no muzzle flash so as not to mark one’s position for return fire from bad guys.

This was a 3.2 second exposure at f 4.5 at ISO 12800. Everyone was firing on this line, but only the PMC ammo is giving the giant fireball.



In this particular case, the PMC X-TAC XP-193 ammo not only illuminated our shooter, but also those around him.

We can enthusiastically recommend this ammo if you want to show off an impressive ball of fire at the end of the muzzle for your friends or novice shooters.

Using this ammo for self-defense purposes though?  No, we wouldn’t give this our seal of approval.

Remember, as Paul Vallandigham used to say, “incoming rounds have the right of way”.