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CCI (Cascade Cartridge Inc.), based in Lewiston, Idaho, manufactures rimfire ammunition, centerfire handgun ammunition, and primers for reloaders and industrial power loads. CCI produced the first Mini-Mag rimfire ammunition in 1963, and in 1975 developed the Stinger, a hypervelocity .22 Long Rifle product.
Founded by Dick Speer (brother of Vernon Speer, who founded Speer Bullets) in the early 1950s, CCI is as of February 2015, a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor, a spinoff of Alliant Techsystems. As of the same date, CCI employed about 1100 people.
On June 14, 2009 the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune reported that Alliant Techsystems, Edina, and Humbert CTTS SAS were awarded an approximately US$14-million contract to provide Speer GoldDot 9mm ammunition to the French Gendarmerie, French Customs, French Corrections and all 250,000 police officers in France.
CCI/Speer sells the Gold Dot line, component bullets and commercially loaded premium handgun ammunition using a bonded copper plated hollow point bullet. Plated bullets were originally sold only for handloading as a cheap substitute for jacketed bullets. The Gold Dot line is now in use by many police departments.
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- Minneapolis-St.Paul StarTribune. 2009-06-16. Retrieved from <http://www.startribune.com/business/48193407.html?elr=KArks:DCiU1OiP:DiiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU> on 2009-08-24. (Archived by WebCite at <http://www.webcitation.org/5jHK39QN2>)
- "Speer Gold Dot description". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
- Patent 5,079,814, for a bonded plated hollow point bullet (the Speer Gold Dot)