The CCI Blazer line of aluminum-cased ammunition was first introduced to the public in a special brochure copyrighted in 1981. It first appeared in their annual catalog in 1982, with an offering of three calibers in .38 Special only. The loads were a +P 125 grain JHP, a 148 grain lead match HBWC and a 158 grain lead RN cartridge.
The 1983 catalog added the .25 ACP 50 grain FMJ RN, the 9 mm Luger 115 grain FMJ RN, several more 38 Special loads, and two loads in 357 Magnum. Regarding the latter, a dealer advisory from Omark Industries, dated May 4, 1983, warned not to shoot the 357 Magnum Blazer in rifles. It warned to use this ammunition in Revolvers in good condition only.
C.1984 the 25 auto 45 grain JHP was added to the line. We do not have the catalog for that year, but the load is shown in the 1985 catalog with no indication that it was a “new” load. In that 1985 catalog a 115 grain JHP load in 9 mm Luger and the .45 Auto in a 230 grain FMJ RN loading are also shown, but show the word “NEW” above the pictures of those two types.
The 1986 catalog adds the .380 auto in both 88 grain JHP and 95 grain FMJ RN, and also a .45 Auto HP with 200 grain JHP bullet.
The 1988 Catalog introduced the Blazer 100 round “Ammo Can,” a plastic replica of the standard US GI ammo can, smaller of course. It was offered in 9 mm and .45. The 9 mm 115 grain became a TMJ bullet rather than FMJ, and a 124 grain RN TMJ was added to the offerings in that caliber. Two new .45 ACP loads were also offered, both match SWC TMJ bullets, one of 185 grain and one of 200 grain. This catalog now had eight loadings of the .38 Special and three loadings in .357, and two .44 Magnum Loadings are added to the line, 200 grain JHP (as described by CCI - however, the picture shows a Jacket Soft point-Hollow Point bullet), and a 240 grain lead SWC load. Oddly, only the 9 mm TMJ 124 grain shows “NEW” above it, even though many of the other loads mentioned were NOT in the 1987 catalog either. Some shot loadings in aluminum cases were also introduced, for the first time, in 1988.
The 1989-90 catalog shows several new loadings in the Blazer line. Among them, .32 auto, a 9 mm Luger 124 grain Pointed Soft Point (PSP) load, a .41 Magnum 200 grain Lead SWC, and the .45 Colt cartridge, with 255 grain Lead RN bullet.
In 1991, the Blazer “Lead Free” line was introduced. This included loads in 9 mm Luger and .38 Special. The .40 S&W, as well as two loadings in 10 mm Auto, were added to the line as well.
The year 1992 finds the first use of the term “Clean-Fire” applied to aluminum-case loads, including one each of calibers 9 mm Luger, .38 Special and .45 Auto.
The catalog of 1994 shows a new loading in .40 S&W, as well as the introduction of the 9 x 18 mm Makarov in a 90 grain HP loading. While some with 95 grain FMJ bullets had been made, supplied in white boxes with black print and including SAAMI calibration ammunition, they were not cataloged in the 1994 catalog. The 9 mm Largo (9 x 23 mm) was also introduced in 1984, along with the .40 S&W 155 grain load. The Blazer Clean-Fire line was also expanded in that year.
The 1995 catalog shows a paring down of the Blazer line. The .38 Special was offered in only four loadings, for example, and the .45 auto was pared down to two loadings. There were no rounds marked as “New” in that year’s catalog.
1996 brought the discontinuance of the .25 auto HP round and it appears nothing new was offered in 1997. It also heralded the discontinuation of the 9 mm Largo round, undoubtedly dropped for lack of sales.
In 1998 little new happened with the Blazer line. There were a couple of new loadings, but no new calibers. A shot load was added to the .40 S & W line.
In 1999, the .357 SIG round was added to the Blazer aluminum-cased line. The .40 Shot cartridge, shown the year before with a blue plastic sabot, now is shown as a full-length aluminum case with a plastic over-shot wad.
We will stop this mini-study at the year 2000, with nothing new in that catalog. Since then, the line has made some changes, but nothing of much consequence except perhaps the rebirth of the 9 x 18 mm Makarov TMJ loading.
Hope this is of some help and interest.
Edited for spelling and grammar only