New 10mm, 45 Colt Loads from Liberty Ammunition

Liberty Ammunition was showing their new 10mm and 45 Colt loads at the 2014 NASGW show. The ammo is part of the company’s Civil Defense line. The 10mm load is rated at 2,400 fps, while the 45 Colt is listed as good for 1,800 fps.

The Civil Defense line of ammunition uses a lighter-than-typical-for-the-caliber copper bullet that is nickel plated. The loads are developed to keep the pressures all within SAAMI specs yet still push velocities much higher than is normally seen with handgun rounds.

On impact, the hollow point rapidly expands, causing a large wound. The expanding portion of the bullet breaks off while the base continues to penetrate to a 12″ – 16″ depth.

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  • Blake

    What’s with the link to the bandolier on Amazon?

    • Cymond

      So you see that, too? It’s both places where it says “45 Colt”. Hovering over the link says api.viglink com/api/click?format=go&json [etc…] but it redirects to a bandoleer belt on Amazon.

      The last time I pointed out the “viglinks” in an article, they told me that it was just me. When I came back later, they were gone so I thought it was malware in my browser or something.

      • Zachary marrs

        Im seeing it on my phone, fwiw

      • dan

        I have it too

      • Dan That is how you get rid of the viglink crap. Just click the opt out. Worked for me

        • grunion

          Just opted out. Thank you for the info.

          • Dan

            You’re welcome it was rather annoying

      • grunion

        Amazon is bad for the 2ND Amendment

    • Zachary marrs

      Gee up cowboy.

      I’m from Texas, I can say that.

  • Jimmy Bob Ray

    Is the 10mm a 60gr like the .40?

    • sianmink

      Next up: .40 Super at 2800 fps because Reasons.

  • FourString

    Civil Defense: cuz there’s no kill like overkill :D’

  • Ken

    I’ve heard conflicting reports about how effective their ammo is (in tests). Apparently it makes a mess for like 3″, and then does very little after that?

    • sianmink

      It’s pretty explosive for 3-4 inches then the base keeps going for about 11-12″ in gel. I don’t know of any real-world data as far as self-defense goes, aside from a .45 headshot from the middle-east that looked like the guy had been hit with a rifle. YMMV. I’m skeptical, but I can also see where it would more than do the job.

      BTW the muzzle blast is pretty epic. Calling them ‘boomy’ is like saying a M2HB is challenging to carry uphill.

      • Ken

        Yeah, I’ve shot the .45 stuff out of a Commander sized Ruger. We’d mix in the Liberty stuff into mags of regular ball for comparison. The recoil was almost nonexistent, but there was a lot of flash and noise. For that alone, I kind of want to try some of the 10mm stuff, maybe just for watermelons.