G2 Research recently extended their product catalog by introducing the 9mm Civic Duty line of solid copper hollow point ammunition. Civic Duty is designed for maximum expansion and energy transfer while minimizing the potential for unwanted over-penetration or target pass through. The 100 grain bullet expands to 2.5 times initial diameter and penetrates between 9 and 10 inches when fired into ballistics testing gel media.
If the G2 Research name is familiar to you, it's probably from the amazingly successful launch of their R.I.P. ammunition line. It seemed to me that almost overnight R.I.P. ammunition was a hot topic of discussion on many of the social media channels and forums frequented by firearm enthusiasts. It was pretty amazing to watch.
Being a fan of solid copper hollow point ammunition, I was very interested in testing Civic Duty to see if it performed as described by the manufacturer. Our good friends over at Ammunition Depot supplied the ammunition for this test.
Step 1) Measure and record temperature and relative humidity.
Step 2) Run a 5 shot velocity average over a ProChrono Digital Chronograph at a distance of 10 feet.
Step 3) Run various terminal test shots, with and without simulated clothing barriers, into a block of Clear Ballistics Gel that has a similar density to 10% ordnance gelatin. Shot distance is 10 feet.
Step 4) Run a 600 fps calibration test bb shot into the Clear Ballistics gel block and record penetration depth to verify density is within specification.
Video Documentation of the Test:
Direct Link to Video on YouTube
My Thoughts and Wrap-up
As I went into this test, my main objectives were to validate the velocity, expansion, and penetration expectations set by G2 Research. After reviewing the test results, Civic Duty performed quite well on all three measures. The only concerning discovery was the failure of all the hollow point petals to separate. Even with the incomplete expansion, the maximum expanded diameter exceeded published specification.
My final verdict is the ammunition performs as described by the manufacturer. It's ultimately up to each individual to decide which ammunition best meets their requirements. For now, this test will serve as a baseline for comparison with other solid copper hollow point bullet designs.
Disclaimer....This test should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation for the product(s) tested. All tests represent actual performance in ballistics testing media. Terminal performance in all other media will show different results. It is up to each individual to make their own personal decision on which specific ammunition to use for their needs. It's also critically important to test any ammo in YOUR SPECIFIC FIREARM before relying on it for any purpose.
Ammunition labeled as +P or +P+ should only be used in firearms that have been certified by the manufacturer as safe for the additional pressures generated by these ammunition types.