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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gun Violence Poll: Primary cause of gun violence in America?

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

G2 Research R.I.P.- Solid Copper 9mm 2.0?

By Berkley R. Bruce

G2 Research R.I.P. 9mm

There has always been a lot of trash talk about the 9mm round. With the "caliber wars" about 9mm Vs .40 S&W and 9mm Vs .45 ACP...etc. All these rounds have proven themselves more than enough times for me not to feel "under-gunned" with a premium brand of any of them. But there is a new 9mm round that has everyone talking. It's called the G2R R.I.P. (Radically Invasive Projectile) not sure if the pun was intended but it works. This thing is touted as being "The Last Round You'll Ever Need". The buzz about it began around the time of SHOT Show 2014. It's made by G2 Research, a company based here in the USA (GA). This round doesn't even look like anything currently on the market and from the tests it certainly outperforms the current solid copper offerings and many lead based projectiles. Here are the specs on it, according to G2 Research.

G2 Research R.I.P. 9mm
* 16" Penetration 
* Up to 6" diameter spread 
* 96 gr projectile 
* 2" grouping at 25 yrds 
* 1265 FPS / 490 Muzzle Energy 
* 9 Separate Wound Channels 
* Precision Machined 
* Solid Copper / Lead Free
* Defeats all known barriers such as sheet metal, sheet rock, windshields, plywood, heavy winter clothing 

Looking at the data on this round, it seems to break many of the established rules for defensive ammunition. 
Normally, fragmentation is not something you want in a defensive round but apparently G2R, inspired by the medical industry, have found a way to make it work. Also the light weight (96gr) usually reduces penetration, especially when fired from a shorter barrel. This ammo was designed to act like FMJ defeating barriers and act like a hollow point in soft tissue, not only expanding but fragmenting in a useful way. That being said the test videos certainly make for interesting viewing. Especially, the one with the twelve layers of denim. 

According to the company the other classic defensive calibers and shotgun slugs are in the works as well. It is very new and by the company's own admission will cost quite a bit more than what you probably carry now. So, for now I'm going to file it under ones to watch. Let's see how it does in independent testing and in the field. If it does well it may just be the new era in green/lead free ammo that actually works.

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Video Credit: G2 Research