The 458 SOCOM Story
SBR is awarded a five year, $15 million ammunition contract
Southern Ballistic Research, aka SBR, founder and owner Buddy Singleton is a retired US Army Officer and Georgia native. Buddy has over 40 years experience in the shooting industry and as a competitive shooter. He created SBR to support law enforcement and military customers by offering ammunition that has been designed and ballistically tested to meet their specific mission requirements. SBR performs extensive research, development and testing on all cartridges they manufacture, from their tactical line of ammunition to their hunting and match calibers.
One of the most noteworthy achievements came early in the history of the company. It was the development of the 458 SOCOM cartridge in conjunction with Marty TerWeeme of Teppo Jutsu. While Marty contacted Tony Rumore at Tromix to make the first rifles in 458 SOCOM, he got in touch with Buddy to further develop the cartridge and offer "factory" loaded 458 SOCOM ammunition. The 458 SOCOM is arguably the most successful non-SAAMI standardized cartridge in recent history. The same innovative spirit that helped create the 458 SOCOM has remained at the core of all SBR product development from LaserMatch® short and long range tracer ammo, frangible lead-free ammunition to a variety of precision tactical rifle and hunting ammunition.
Buddy’s experience in the military has influenced the product line heavily. Having extensive real world experience with everything from small arms to tanks and heavy artillery has provided perspective that most do not possess. That experience also led to a very different perspective on testing that is unique within the firearms industry. This perspective creates ammunition that is geared for heavy lifting and the differences are in the details. SBR ammunition is engineered to be reliable no matter what the circumstances.
While best known for ammunition, SBR also produces very high quality weapon systems that range from AR15 style platforms to precision bolt action rifles, all of the aforementioned chambered for SOCOM and Spectre family of cartridges, which SBR has pioneered. In addition to very high quality firearms, SBR also produces a line of very simple yet precise and effective suppressors that are tailored for the same cartridges.
Another aspect of SBR that is not as well known as others is the Research & Development services that range from testing customer hand loads for pressure and velocity to full on weapons system development for a variety of clients from the private sector to countries around the world who need specialized and specific solutions.
Production of reliable, precision ammunition will remain the core of business for Southern Ballistic Research, but there is growing interest in specialized weapons systems and other specialty ammunition across the world. These things, combined with the ability to test and analyze ammunition for a variety of customers, mean that the future for SBR is both bright and diversified.
We plan to add helpful blog articles that specifically cover the SOCOM and SPECTRE family of cartridges. They include the 458 SOCOM, 375 SOCOM, 338 SPECTRE, and the newest member of the family, the 240 SPECTRE and 6.5 SPECTRE MAGNUM.