G2 Research Develops Shotgun Slugs

G2 Research has shown on their social media pages several pictures of a new 12 gauge slug that they are developing. This slug is designed for smoothbore shotguns only with cylinder bore or cylinder choke installed. Looks like they’ve incorporated some of their key design features into the slug. Namely the breaking paddles and remaining solid base like in R.I.P. series of bullets.

Images by G2 Research

With the large hollow point cavity, it should have its center of gravity shifted towards the rear portion. Most traditional smoothbore slugs stabilize their flight due to a heavy nose and light tail (either hollow or plastic). They work like a shuttlecock, flying with the heavy nose forward. Some people say the Foster or rifled slugs use the shallow outside rifling pattern to gain rotation, but it is arguable. Anyway, looking at the G2 Research slug I assume it is stabilized because of that outside spiral grooves. They are much deeper and probably give the slug a rotational motion thus stabilizing it in the air.

Whether it is designed for defensive or hunting use is not stated by the company. I think it should be good for both roles.

Reportedly, it will be available in the fall 2017 and there is no information concerning the price yet.

Hrachya H

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  • No one

    Hi I’m G2 Research and what is sectional density and and temporary cavitation/remote wounding?!?!

  • Sasquatch
    • Brett baker

      I’ll take 3

      • Sasquatch

        That’ll be $50.

      • GaryOlson

        You forgot your coupon. The special offer is only good with the coupon.

    • iksnilol

      Do.. do you have enough knives on that thar’ thang?

      • Sasquatch

        But what ifI need to do some tactical frog or flounder gigging!

        • iksnilol

          I want a tac shovel attachment.

          • Sasquatch

            Russian tactical war shovel! Don’t forget about the mini cross bow with silver bolts.

  • Rick O’Shay

    Someone get some of this to taofledermaus. They’ll tell you right away whether it’s just hype or not. Since it’s G2, no thanks.

    • Edeco

      Put mercury in the cavity and shoot a feral watermelon with it!

      • Swarf


        • Edeco

          Good idea, come a think of it NaK alloy would be the best of both worlds; liquid and self-igniting. I think it might be too nasty for even Jeff Taufledermaus to handle though.

          • Charles Applegate


    • Jeff Heeszel

      People have been sending me links to this slug. I’ll have to see if anyone is selling them yet. I don’t want the company to send them to me.

      • Rick O’Shay

        Any reason why you don’t them to send it to you?

        • Jeff Heeszel

          Just for the sake of objectivity. No obligation to the company to omit anything bad about their product. If they work, great, but if they suck, I want to show that as well.

  • AC97

    Oh look, another overpriced gimmick from G2, no surprises there.

    (Come on, we all know it’s going to be overpriced)

    • Jeff Heeszel

      Someone told me a box of 5 is something like $8, which surprised me but I can’t confirm the price.

  • Graham Best

    Who’s complained that standard 12 gauge slugs “just don’t have enough stopping power”?

  • Raptor Fred
  • Swarf

    Gimmicky piffle.

    If a 440gr slug won’t do whatever you want done, it’s time to buy a 50 cal.

    • Goody

      Came here to say the same, except 375h&h

  • Spencerhut

    Another overpriced product specifically designed to NOT penetrate standard issue LEO body armor from the ex-LEO’s at G2. yeah . . .

    • Threethreeight

      Well, your first mistake was shooting at armored targets with a shotgun. It’s 2017 man, get an AR-15.

  • Some Rabbit

    Assuming it doesn’t start tumbling end over end shortly after leaving the muzzle, I can see no value to this gimmick over a standard lead slug.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Except that it isn’t lead which would make it your only option if you happen to not live in a free state.

  • Jason Wimbiscus

    I can see it as a hunting option after the statewide lead ban takes effect in California in 2019. There are some areas in the state (various WMAs and Land trusts etc.) that limit hunters to smooth bore shotguns only. There aren’t a lot of options right now for lead-free slugs that will work in a smooth bore.

  • Ken

    Are those breaking “paddles” or breaking petals? Just askin’.

    • int19h

      It’s trocars, damn it.


    • Goody

      Braking pedals.Prevents overpenetration by rapidly slowing the slug down, to produce ugly-but-not-incapacitating surface wounds.

  • felix


  • Gary Kirk

    HMMMM.. G2.. Gimmick squared??

  • Michael Kennedy

    The top part of the slug looks very much like the collet used in underwater burning. The collet helps hold the burning rod in the handle. Only the collets have only four slits cut into them. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/617928d19728c5f0f2c214e7c7f2ead18c92baabd6e510667ca7c1add13617f1.jpg

  • Threethreeight

    Can you stop giving these charlatans free press?

  • Colonel K

    I’d be hesitant to use this on a bear for fear it would not penetrate deep enough to do more than just piss him off.