G2 Research Releases A More Traditional Round – The Civic Duty

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G2 Research has announced the release of a more traditional line of defensive ammunition call “Civic Duty”. The new rounds are solid copper extreme expansion rounds designed to complete with similar offerings from Lehigh Defense.

The new Civic Defense bullet features six large petals that peel back for up to .855 inches of total diameter penetrating through a target. G2 says the bullets will quickly expand to “2.5 times its caliber.”

The new round is being originally offered in 9mm and .45 ACP. Currently, G2 is only offering the bullets in a factory loading. The 9mm has some interesting specifications:

  • 100 grain bullets
  • 1,230 FPS stated average velocity
  • 9-10 of “reliable penetration” in ballistics gel.

Personally, I am happy to see G2 Research expand past their R.I.P. (Radically Invasive Projectile) which picked up a bad wrap. What G2 Research is doing is truly incredible, as they are pushing conventional thought (even it was a bit overdone on the RIP) by using CNC machines to create bullets. While this seems simple in execution, it is not common in a market where low-cost swagging has been the predominant manufacturing method.

CNC machined bullets do not come cheap. Retail for a box of 20 9mm rounds clocks in a $41.99.

Formal testing from reliable third party sources such as ShootingTheBull410 are not yet released, but we will be looking for them. 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Matt

    Looks similar to the R.I.P. round… Overpriced junk.
    I hope I’m wrong, because new research is always welcome….buut. Speer will always get my money for their GDHP rounds. There’s something to be said fora round that is consistent, reliable, with a good history of use. It’s far preferable to “Expands up to twice its’ caliber” hype.

    • Anon. E Maus

      They dropped their dumb trocar gimmick, so these seem like you could actually get decent ballistics, but I don’t like the idea of giving G2 money, they’re snakes.

  • BattleshipGrey

    At least they chose a name that might resonate better with jurors, but the price will probably kill this brand.

  • Giolli Joker

    G2 RIP meets Lehigh Maximum Expansion.

  • TechnoTriticale

    So is it known if there were any consequences to the R.I.P. branding other than the bad rap with internet paralegals?

    I’m surprised they didn’t call this new one the K.A.G. (Kinder And Gentler).

    It will cost the use more than a few $ to validate that it doesn’t hang up on the feed ramp.

    • Edeco

      Yep, did a 180 on the name. Surprised it’s not H.C.P. (happy cuddle pellet) or R.J.O. (reasonable justifiable object).

    • Anon. E Maus

      The worst part of the RIP wasn’t the offensive name, the fact that they didn’t work, that they lied, that they were overpriced and didn’t work, and that they desperately went and did a bunch of guerrilla marketing, that’s the bad part.

  • Bdubs

    9-19 inches of penetration is not enough. Fri standards are 12-18 and that’s a pretty good baseline. If a bullet can’t meet those specifications there’s no guarantee it will be able to penetrate bone and get to the squishy bits where it counts

    • Spencerhut

      I think you meant 9 to 10, not 9 to 19

  • derfelcadarn

    What about how they feed ? Lots of guns are pretty finicky, if it doesn’t get to the chamber it doesn’t matter how much it might expand

  • Lance

    There Bullets are very light wish they could make them in 147gr or at least 124gr.

    • Amanofdragons

      Problem is dimensions. Copper weighs less than lead. To get a similar weight bullet, it has to be physically larger.

  • USMC03Vet

    It was only a matter of time until botique bullets formed for the boqtiue firearm market.

  • nobody

    >9-10 of “reliable penetration” in ballistics gel.

    Here’s your reminder that 12″ of penetration into ballistics gel doesn’t equal 12″ of penetration in a person, ballistics gel only simulates one type of muscle tissue and doesn’t simulate skin (which can take off a few inches of penetration by itself, airsoft BBs can penetrate a couple inches into ballistics gel but they wont do that in a person) or bone.

  • Bill

    It might work, but “formal testing from reliable sources” is really rare, because it’s expensive, tedious, and typically requires measuring equipment and standardized research and statistical applications, with peer review and repeatability, that makes for very freaking dull videos. There’s also a lot of question about what constitutes good and bad performance – gel penetration is just one means, and I’m not sure that it correlates or covaries with what trauma surgeons and coroners see on their respective tables. Unfortunately, politics will prevent really relevant testing on tissue, bone and blood vessels.

    Fishermen are smart – that don’t make any claims that a purple rubber worm is statistically more deadly that a silver spinner or a hair mouse fly. “It all just depends….”

  • Amanofdragons

    I’m glad you brought up Lehigh. It seems like all G2 ever does is copy their designs and Jack the price up.

  • Peewee Sierrafour

    This will go the way of the R.I.P……it will R.I.P.

    Troll product, shows how stupid G2 thinks the consumers are.

  • Cymond

    It seems like a marginally more conventional design. The nose is still a bunch of tines, and at over $2 per round, reliability testing will be expensive.

  • valorius

    Not enough penetration