G-2 Research of Winder, Georgia has announced the delivery of their new Civic Duty self-defense round. We first got introduced to G-2 Research at SHOT Show. From what we saw, the G-2 Research ammunition offered a very interesting bullet design, that if it performed as advertised, could be one of the most impressive self-defense rounds on the market today.
The new Civic Duty rounds incorporate the G-2 Research basic R.I.P. bullet design. In this innovative design, the bullet has six large “petals” that are formed into a similar hollow-point structure. The petals form a sold bullet connected by thin brass sheets in between the petals. The major difference with the G-2 ammunition, versus more common hollow-point ammunition, is once the G2 bullets hit soft tissue the transfer of energy causes the petals to violently separate outward like a blooming flower. Instead of simply expanding intact, like traditional hollow point rounds, these petals can expand to nearly 2.5 times their original width. If the petals separate they create up to six separate wound paths that could create enormous injury potential on an attacker.
G-2 Research Civic Duty Ammunition
The new G2 Research Civic Duty self-defense rounds are designed to reliably and quickly expand to 2.5 times its caliber. This type of expansion can create incredible attack stopping energy, large wound area and excellent penetration. The G-2 Research Civic Duty 9mm round comes in a 100-grain bullet that will open up to 0.855 inches, effectively delivering all of its energy inside the target. That is more than twice the size of the original bullet, and an incredible advancement in expanding self-defense bullets.
From G-2 Research:
The Civic Duty bullet is a solid copper, CNC-machined bullet that 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 – which may not expand reliably due to clothing filling up the hollow point, the Civic Duty will indeed reliably open up because of its peeling petal design.
Typical bonded hollow point bullets over penetrate, leading to insufficient energy transfer, damage and trauma inside the intended target. G2 Research has taken its innovative Trocar design of the solid copper R.I.P. fragmenting projectile and adapted it to the Civic Duty Expanding self-defense round. The Civic Duty defeats barriers as effectively as the R.I.P. 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 and total weight retention inside the intended target without concern of over penetration in CQB situations.
G-2 Research Civic Duty rounds are currently available in 9mm and .45ACP, and will be on the market in the near future. The Civic Duty rounds are designed to function exceptionally well, even at the lower velocities of the .45 ACP, or the higher velocities of the 9mm that produce 1,230+ fps.
By using lighter bullet weights, the shooter benefits from greatly reduced felt recoil and muzzle flip, which can allow faster and more accurate follow-up shots-if necessary.
G-2 Research Civic Duty 9mm Specifications
- Caliber – 9mm Parabellum
- Bullet Weight – 100 grains
- Bullet Material – Copper alloy extreme-expansion
- Velocity – 1230 fps average (+ up to 10%)
- Penetration – Around 9-10″ in ballistic gelatin
- MSRP – $41.99 for a box of 20-rounds.
The G-2 Research Civic Duty .45 ACP will be released in the future.
The BlueSheepDog Crew have not been able to personally shoot and evaluate the G-2 Civic Duty ammunition, however we have seen the gelatin shoot results and find them very impressive. As the videos show, the G-2 design is something to behold. There is definitely a lot of science in the design of these bullets.
At nearly $2/round even G-2 Research admits that this is not ammunition to waste at the range. However, with the increased wound potential, that could very well translate into real stopping power, the question for shooters is what is your life worth?