Gold Dot has been a leader in defensive handgun ammunition for more than two decades. During that time, the Speer rounds have shown to be effective in both ballistic gelatin and in real-world lethal force encounters.
Speer developed a wide range of options in this line including loads for most of the common caliber handguns on the market. In recent years, the lack of a 10mm load has been a hole in the line. That hole has now been plugged with a new 10mm load.
The Speer Gold Dot 10mm ammunition was recently announced and will begin shipping soon. It features a 200-grain hollow point and is rated for a velocity of 1,100 fps.
Many 10mm shooters will correctly state that the 10mm is capable of a much higher velocity. I would caution readers against placing too much emphasis on the velocity of this load. This is a self-defense load that is designed to stop a human attacker.
Velocity is one tool used by ammunition designers to ensure an expansion of the hollowpoint and penetration depth. I would expect that the designers found this to be the optimal velocity to ensure adequate penetration in a human while still providing reliable expansion of the bullet. Increased velocity beyond this level may increase energy levels without substantially increasing the bullet’s ability to rapidly incapacitate an attacker.
Handloaders still have the option of buying 180 grain .400 caliber Gold Dot component bullets and loading them to higher velocities if desired.