CCI (ammunition)

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Cascade Cartridge Inc.
Headquarters Lewiston, Idaho, United States
Products Ammunition

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.[1] As of the same date, CCI employed about 1100 people.[2]

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.[3]

Defense ammunition[edit]

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.[4][5] The Gold Dot line is now in use by many police departments.[citation needed]


  1. ^ ATK Commercial Products. "CCI/Speer". 
  2. ^ "ATK Company Overview" (PDF). ATK. Retrieved 21 December 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ Minneapolis-St.Paul StarTribune. 2009-06-16. Retrieved from <> on 2009-08-24. (Archived by WebCite at <>)
  4. ^ "Speer Gold Dot description". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ Patent 5,079,814, for a bonded plated hollow point bullet (the Speer Gold Dot)