Speer Gold Dot G2 Ammunition
(Photo by Speer)

A while ago, law enforcement officers obtained a new hollow-point round that performed extremely well in FBI protocols. Regular folks can get hold of this self-defense ammunition now that Speer Gold Dot G2 loads have hit the civilian market.

Speer made the announcement at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis. In fact, the company claims this ammo provides the ultimate performance for self-defense because of an exclusive nose design. The hollow-point is a shallow dish filled with a high-performance elastomer. This elastomer gets forced into engineered internal fissures upon impact to start the expansion process. Basically, this results in better expansion. In fact, Speer claims it provides extremely uniform upset and penetration. 

It also comes with exclusive Gold Dot construction that virtually eliminates core/jacket separation. This means more penetration as it expands, which is probably why the ammunition performs so well in FBI protocol tests. Speer claims that this ammunition scores over 400 on the test. This means G2 penetrates between 12 and 18 inches through a variety of barriers. These barriers include sheetrock, plywood, windshield glass and even steel. Penetration depth is important as rounds need to puncture far enough to cause damage to organ, but not pass through and potentially harm innocents. 

Now, Speer designed this ammunition for full-size pistols. Those who prefer carrying compact or subcompact should look elsewhere for a self-defense load. This load works best coming out of pistols with 4.5- to 5-inch barrels. However, Speer does provide loads specifically designed for shorter barrels.

Speer Gold Dot G2 Ammunition

  • 9mm Luger 147-grain Gold Dot G2, 20 count — $28.95
  • .40 S&W 180-grain Gold Dot G2, 20 count — $30.95
  • .45 ACP +P 230-grain Gold Dot G2, 20 count — $32.95

For more information, please visit speer-ammo.com.

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