Civic Duty HP Ammunition

Speer’s “Flying Ashtray” was the handgun bullet to use “back in the day.” But since then, there have been some serious advancements made in creating handgun bullets that penetrate deeply and expand reliably. One of the new bullets I saw at SHOT is the Civic Duty from G2 Research and the expanded bullets look like the blades from a kitchen blender.

It’s typical for conventional hollow point pistol bullets to fail either by not expanding at all in the first place, or by getting plugged up with clothing and over penetrating. Both scenarios lead to insufficient energy transfer, damage and trauma inside the intended target.

G2 Research took its innovative trocar design of the RIP fragmenting projectile and adapted it to the Civic Duty expanding self defense round. The bullet is solid copper, CNC-machined, and upon entering the target immediately begins expansion as a large hollow point. At initial contact, six large petals of the jacket peel back to create a fight-stopping wound. Unlike conventional hollow point bullets, the Civic Duty reliably opens up because of its peeling petal design.

The Civic Duty reportedly defeats barriers and expands 2.5 times its initial diameter after coming into contact with a fluid medium. The extreme expansion of the Civic Duty leads to 100% energy transfer inside the intended target and total weight retention without concern of over penetration in CQB situations.

The Civic Duty round is currently available in 9mm and a .45 ACP round will be on the market in the near future. The 9mm uses a 100-grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of 1,230 fps and reportedly penetrates up to 10 inches in ballistic gel.


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Scott Mayer

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Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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