Speer Gold Dot G2 Now Filling Duty LE Magazines

Gold Dot G2

The new rave seems to be producing the best hollow point or defense handgun round possible. A flurry of companies have re-engineered their staple offerings and new competitors continue to emerge to the market. Names that come to mind are the Ruger ARXSig Sauer V-CrownFederal Micro HSTGorilla SilverbackG2 Research R.I.P.… among numerous others. Speer has done the same with their Gold Dot duty ammo. The Speer Gold Dot G2 pushes the limits of performance and is shipping to law enforcement dealers.

Like the original duty ammo, Gold Dot G2 passes FBI barrier testing. What separates this defense round from the pack, but ironically makes it more similar is the hollow-point and what is inside.

Instead of a large cavity in the nose, Gold Dot G2 has only a shallow dish filled with a high-performance elastomer. On impact, the material is forced into specially designed fissures to start the expansion process, as opposed to conventional bullet designs, which need target media to enter the hollow point and create expansion forces. The result is extremely uniform expansion, and more consistent penetration across barrier types, gun platforms and barrel lengths.

The key to the success of this duty ammo lies in the elastomer center. Similar to Hornady’s Critical Defense and Critical Duty ammo, the new Gold Dot G2 has a polymer filled center to aid in expansion. At the moment, Speer will be offering 3 different calibers to start.

  • 9mm 147 Grain G2 – $27.95 MSRP
  • .40 S&W 180 Grain G2 – $30.95 MSRP
  • .45 ACP 230 Grain G2 – $33.95 MSRP

Hopefully a variant of sorts will come to market for non-LE consumers as well. For now our men and women in blue will have to let us know how this performs.



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  • Dickie

    Isnt this a rerelease? I could of sworn they had the Gold dot gen2 and it failed fbi. Did they remake it?

    • Marc

      That’s what I thought as well. Tnoutdoors9 did his testing and it performed very poorly; as I recall.

    • Edeco

      Sounds right, I got some police surplus 230 +P that looks similar, has silicone-looking stuff in the cavity which is annoying, leaves grains of itself behind. Not saying the new stuff does that, who knows how the stuff I got was stored, handled or if the formula changed.

      • Greg Beals

        Yes I have shot a lot of the 147gr Speer Gold Dot 9mm JHP
        with the silicone-esque filled hollowpoints. Curious what the difference is. The stuff worked great in every handgun it was loaded in. Great stuff. How is G2 new?

  • BattleshipGrey

    Is selling to LE only just a marketing thing to gain some traction first before going full scale civvie? I hope that’s the case for those that like to carry te same round as their local LE.

    • PK

      Generally, yes. It works, too!

      A label stating “For Law Enforcement Only” is carte blanche to increase the price and yet find buyers no problem.

      • Jim Slade

        Yep- whatever you might think of it, it will fly off of the shelves at your upscale suburban LGS, likely to folks who will balk at buying an extra box to make sure their tacticool will actually feed it.

        • FightFireJay

          The 50 round boxes are typically only sold to distributors and dealers that sell to LEOs. But they can be found online easily enough, except for Win Ranger T.

  • Jim Slade

    I know Speer is supposed to be the gold standard, or at least one of them, but I got about two paragraphs in and was thinking “This sounds remarkably like the Hornaday stuff with the plastic crap in the nose that has sat unshot in my safe for years.”

    • Der Fuhrer

      So you’re saying it’s “Doody” ammunition?

    • SerArthurDayne

      First thing I thought of was…. “So Speer is making Gold Dot into a copy of Hornady Critical Defense” ??? I thought Speer was the gold standard *already*, why change?

      • Gregory

        It is all about sales and being the new hot item.

    • Ebby123

      If it works, it works.

    • FightFireJay

      Corbon also has a similar system with polymer plug.

  • Der Fuhrer

    “rage”- not “rave”

    • VanDiemensLand

      F#%$ off Hitler, your are not welcome here.

  • JT303

    Speer Gold Dot, Federal Hydra-Shok and the HST are all proven for defence. Why do we need another? If it’s unchanged from its release a few years ago, it’ll be utter crap. If they’ve revised it and it actually performs, I still don’t see it falling off the shelves.

    • FightFireJay

      Hydra-shok has very inconsistent expansion compared to HST amd Gold Dot.

      • JT303

        Lots of LE agencies used Hydra-Shok as their duty ammo. I don’t know if it’s mostly been phased out in favour of HST, Gold Dot etc. but it’s still quite popular as far as I know. Point is, we don’t need another gimmick.

        • Speaking from experience as an LEO who used Hydra-Shok on duty, they DO NOT perform well. Maybe in lab tests, but we had several shots go through a suspect like FMJ, then through an interior wall, an exterior wall, and finally lodge in a neighbor’s exterior wall. Total crap for its intended use and claims of expansion.

          We now use Remington Golden Saber, but are about to change to Hornady Critical Duty. Golden Saber worked VERY WELL on an armed suspect that attacked one of our officers. One shot, and he dropped in place. Our change is mostly due to a bi-decade review finding Hornady being on a State contract making it cheaper.

  • USMC03Vet

    My favorite fallacy is appeal to authority. I’d say most firearm related marketing falls in this category.

  • Greg Beals

    How is this different than the nickel plated Speer Gold Dots that already have the transparent rubber feeling filling in the bullet cavity?

  • He’s gone—again—

    • VanDiemensLand

      Thank you!

  • A Fascist Corgi

    I haven’t see any proof that these plastic inserts aid expansion.

  • What’s interesting is the 9mm is only offered in 147gr standard pressure.

  • Gecko9mm

    I think they had issues with the first iteration of it that were corrected. Well, from what I read on the Internet but a solid place over at pistol-forum.

  • The only thing that’s really “law enforcement only” these days is NFA stuff and special contract priced guns; these’ll be on the shelf (and online) at GT Distributors any day now for anyone to buy.