G2 Research’s Radically Invasive Projectile “R.I.P.” has a fantastic marketing campaign, generating lots of buzz. Our own post has over 144 comments debating the effectiveness of the ammunition. Steve sums it up nicely:
“The company claims its 96 gr copper bullet is “the last round you will ever need”. The design is inspired by a triangular tipped surgical tool called the Trocar. It has 8 segmented spikes which break off as the bullet enters its target, while the solid base continues on its original trajectory.”
ShootingTheBull410 has posted the first video review (above) of the new ammunition to YouTube using ballistic gel. If you have not seen his reviews before, ShootingTheBull is known for his pursuit of the perfect “Pocket .380” ammo reviews (and now evaluating 9mm). For those who have not seen the tests, I recommend you take a look.
The trocars do break off the base as advertised, but the wound track is small compared to conventional HP ammunition. Combined with the feeding issue in a Glock 19 (!), the results are disappointing compared to the hype.
Still, the round does showcase the likely future of high-performance ammunition. Using CNC machines to shape bullets has huge potential compared to current casting technologies. I look forward to seeing what they come out with next after multiple reviews and real-word AARs provide valuable feedback.
Steve Says: Phil White has been trying to obtain RIP ammunition for TFB to test. He has emailed the company, he has left voice messages. We have not heard back from them.