Federal Premium/Speer Gold Dot G2 Eyes Possible Civilian Line

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by Rachel Y

For years, Speer Gold Dot has been the pinnacle of duty handgun ammunition performance. Gold Dot G2 builds on this reputation with a next-generation duty bullet design. Instead of a large cavity in the nose, Gold Dot G2 has only a shallow dish filled with a high-performance elastomer.

As TFB’s Adam Scepaniak reported in 2016, the ammunition is currently available to law enforcement only, the Gold Dot G2 comes in 9mm, 40S&W, and 45ACP+P. However, at the US Concealed Carry Association Expo (USCCAE) recently, sources within the company say that a civilian release of the ammunition could be considered sometime in the future.

On impact, the elastomer is forced into engineered internal fissures to start the expansion process, as opposed to conventional bullet designs, which rely on target media to enter the hollow-point and create expansion forces. The result is extremely uniform expansion, better separation of the petals, and more consistent penetration across barrier types, gun platforms and barrel lengths.

The ammunition is currently the highest scoring round in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) barrier testing. More information on the Gold Dot G2 line of ammunition can be found on Federal Premium’s website.

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Gold Dot® has earned the respect of police officers world-wide. No other ammunition combines such a consistent level of high performance. These loads deliver in all situations, which is why you can trust them for home and personal defense. Gold Dot hollow-point bullets are very accurate, tough and unbelievably consistent.
  • Trusted ammunition of law enforcement agencies worldwide
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Rachel Y
Rachel Y

Rachel Young is a 4x Best Selling Author. She and her husband John co-own an FFL/SOT showroom and machine shop in Tennessee, specializing in ARs, AR parts, and AR accessories.

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  • Spencer60 Spencer60 on May 01, 2018

    They are a little late to the polymer-tip game.

    And that whole LE-only BS makes me want to avoid them completely.

  • Colonel K Colonel K on May 03, 2018

    "sources within the company say that a civilian release of the ammunition could be considered sometime in the future." Do Federal/Speer actually think civilian law enforcement agencies are composed of people other than civilians, or was this simply a poor choice of words by the author? I find such speech offensive and constitutionally incorrect. Maybe we should start a hashtag campaign: #stopthehateatspeer or some other equally absurd comment. if their corporate leadership is anything like most companies these days, they'l probably issue a quick apology/denial/correction. If they dont, well, what does that tell about their opinion of you knaves?