Defensive Handgun Bullets made in South Africa

Hrachya H
by Hrachya H

Advanced Shooting Products is a bullet manufacturer located in South Africa. They make both handgun and rifle bullets. Arguably the most interesting of their products are their defensive handgun bullets.

The information on this company’s bullets is very scarce in general. All I could find is some details on two of their handgun bullets. First one (shown in the above image) is called Single Metal Expanding-Copper (SME-C). It is a monolithic expanding projectile with pre-cut petals. It also features an aluminum ball placed into the hollow cavity. The aluminum ball is probably there to be forced down the cavity when hitting a hydraulic media thus ensuring reliable expansion. The ball may also prevent clogging the cavity with fabric and other materials.

The second one (see the image below) is called Single Metal Jagged Hollow Point-Copper (SMJHP-C). it is also a monolithic hollow point expanding bullet with wider cuts between the petals and lacking the aluminum ball.

Advanced Shooting Products makes these defensive bullets for .380 ACP, 9x19mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .38 Special / .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum.

The third type of handgun bullets shown in the top image of this article looks similar to the French THV bullet design.

As soon as the ASP answers to my e-mail with more details on their projectile designs as well as with information concerning the availability in the USA, I’ll add an update.

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

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  • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Sep 01, 2017

    I like the aluminum ball, I used steel ball bearings.

    Wonder if the alu reduces penetration compared to how the steel increases it ?

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    • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Sep 06, 2017

      @DennisBechtel I just never saw reason to experiment with steel ball bearings in shotguns... I Mean, they sell shotgun ammo with steel shot from the factory.

  • DennisBechtel DennisBechtel on Sep 05, 2017

    been modifying our own hand loads similar to this to stop over penetration and allow for outstanding bullet expansion,we don't sell any of there rounds and we certainly won't let them loose on the market for copy either ,BUT we have found that when a wild boar gets hit with a couple that it quickly bleeds out and becomes very dead.these are our own designs and are called hogzilla rounds when used with autorifles in closer than 100 meters ranges to stop a wild pig before he destroys your hunting dogs,and used in 460. and 480 ruger rounds they are quite lethal.