Why Ammunition Manufacturers Rely on High-Quality Tooling

Optimize Your Operations with Well-Designed Tooling

When you think of the ammunition manufacturing process, what do you picture? Perhaps you imagine each bullet being shaped out of metal using a CNC machine. While that train of thought makes sense, the actual process is much more complex. CNC machines are used to make bullets, but not in the way you think. The CNC machines must first create tooling that’s then used within the bullet creation process. These tools include everything from die sets and molds to case trimmers and press tooling. We’ve created a whole blog dedicated to explaining these types of tools, but this blog will focus on why those tools are important for ammunition manufacturers. Let’s dive in.

How High-Quality Tooling Benefits Ammunition Manufacturers

Ammunition manufacturers rely on high-quality tooling to ensure the accuracy and efficacy of their bullets. Here’s why:

Precision and Consistency

Precision is perhaps the most important aspect of the ammunition manufacturing process. With an imprecise bullet, the end-user will experience declines in accuracy, reliability, target penetration, and more. High-quality, tight-tolerance tooling is dedicated to creating precise and consistent bullets, which mitigates errors for the end user.


Well-designed tooling can withstand higher production speeds without compromising quality. This leads to lower reject rates, which decreases material waste and speeds up the manufacturing process. Therefore, ammunition manufacturers need high-quality tools to keep their operations running smoothly.


High-quality tooling lasts longer than poorly designed counterparts, which means it needs less frequent replacement and maintenance. This minimizes downtime and translates to more continuous manufacturing. Additionally, well-designed tooling will result in less defective products, which minimizes waste and reduces costly production time.

Quality Control and Compliance

As mentioned above, high-quality tooling results in less defective products. But it can also help ammunition manufacturers adhere to industry regulations. These may include regulations defined by the National Firearms Act, Gun Control Act, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and more. Having high-quality tooling helps ammunition manufacturers adhere to specific guidelines for their products, which reduces the risk of legal issues down the line.

Need Help Creating High-Quality Tooling?

If you need tooling for your ammunition application, turn to the experts at Pivot Precision. Founded in 1961, we’re a trusted tooling supplier for customers all over the world. With a dedicated team, extensive manufacturing capabilities, and an ISO 9001:2015 certification, we’re ready to take on even the most challenging projects.

As a leading tooling manufacturer, we have a history of high-volume tooling production and specialize in making tooling for the automotive, medical, ammunition, and firearm sectors. We regularly deliver short lead times on complex, tight-tolerance, and highly specialized tooling.

We can even offer quick shipping thanks to our unique location. Our facility near Niagara Falls, New York is positioned close to airports and interstates for fast delivery on both domestic and international shipments. When you work with us, you know you’re getting the highest quality tooling and the best service. Reach out today for a no-strings-attached consultation.