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St. Marks Powder, Inc.
Industry Manufacturer of ammunition components
Founded 1998
Headquarters 7121 Coastal Hwy, Crawfordville FL 32327
Products ball propellants
Parent General Dynamics
Website https://www.gd-ots.com/commercial_powder.html

St. Marks Powder is a subsidiary of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems manufacturing ball propellant[1] in Crawfordville, Florida. The company is a member of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI).[2]

HistoryEdit

Large scale ball propellant manufacture began during World War II at the Olin Corporation plant in East Alton, Illinois. Population growth of the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area encouraged finding a more remote location for a modern production plant. The St. Marks manufacturing facility was built in 1969 on a large plot of undeveloped swamp land south of Tallahassee, Florida, at near sea-level elevation between the St. Marks River and the Gulf Coast.[3] Plant operation was transferred to St. Marks Powder in 1998.[4]

ProductsEdit

The facility manufactures over 95 percent of propellants used in United States military small arms ammunition.[5] Similar propellants are sold to commercial manufacturers of rimfire and centerfire ammunition[1] or marketed by Winchester and Hodgdon Powder Company for civilian handloading.[6] Other propellants are used for military mortar rounds,[7] rocket-assisted projectiles,[8] or dispersing non-lethal agents used for crowd control, marking, or area denial.[9]

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