The Ultimate Bullet?

What image do you keep on the opening Internet screen of your computer? A girl will have some Disney animation from “Frozen.” A boy … well, don’t even go there. A hunter, some desktop wallpaper, perhaps from Browning; a concealed permit holder a beautiful S&W image.

Personally, I maintain a variety of Google options on my page. Weather. Date & Time. Top Stories from Google, CNN, NPR—and the Drudge Report.

Wikipedia’s entry about Drudge notes, “Viewpoints expressed on the website are often considered conservative.” I don’t have a problem with conservative, although I try to judge issues and situations on merit. Yes, politically, I’m all over the place.

So when a news link to Blue Nation Review showed up on Drudge a few weeks ago, I assumed that Matt Drudge included it just to piss me off. The story was about a new-for-2014 handgun ammo from G2 Research or G2R. This new round is called the RIP—Rest In Peace or Radically Invasive Projectile—and Blue Nation absolutely went ballistic—pardon the pun—about it.

Blue Nation freaked out about people getting shot while they were playing with guns or cleaning them and having the guns “go off accidentally.” (Anyone playing with a loaded weapon or cleaning it while it is loaded … well, they may not deserve to be shot, but they do need their proverbial head examined.)

One look at the hype around G2R’s RIP round and Blue Nation editorialized, “If people start using their bullets, pretty much every person who gets shot will die.” Blue Nation said the RIP “explodes when it hits a target” certain to turn “what might otherwise be minor injuries into major ones, and major injuries into deaths.” Death and mayhem everywhere! And who isn’t against death and mayhem. (The hysterical and poorly informed editorial is reminiscent of the Teflon-coating/“cop-killer bullet” controversy of the 20th century.)

G2R markets its RIP round as “the last round you will ever need,” describing its effect as “radically invasive.” G2R began moving the RIP round from marketing to sales in about February, 2014, without exhibiting (neither did AmmoZone in Flippin, Arkansas (, the “exclusive distributor”) at the industry trade show, the SHOT Show, held annually—usually in Las Vegas.

The selling point for the RIP round is that—let’s be honest—it looks dangerous! And appearance—like in supermodels, neckties, and automobiles—sells this bullet.

In truth, the RIP is a 96-grain, CNC-machined, solid copper bullet available in 9mm and (recently) .380 ACP. G2R says it is working on .357 Sig, .40, .45 ACP, and even shotgun slugs.

The clever selling point is what G2R calls its Trocar tip design. The tip of the bullet is cut into eight sections—each weighing about six grains—which are designed to break off in eight different directions as the hollow point penetrates, leaving a 50-60 grain core.

The liberal Blue Nation screams that these tiny Trocar tips are like “shrapnel flying into various parts of the body … effectively destroying vital organs.” Of course, real shrapnel, artillery shell shrapnel, is heavy, jagged, and lethal. RIP’s 6-grain needles do not penetrate far in ballistic gel: 3-4 inches. The remaining core, though small and lightweight, does better: up to 14 inches.

So what we have here is a cool looking, over-hyped design coupled with dangerous-sounding copywriting. This sent our liberal brothers at Blue Nation into word frenzy. The Internet is already full of pros and cons from legitimate evaluators—mostly cons—about the RIP round.

So I’m thinking there isn’t anything especially new about a fragmenting round. Air marshals have experimented with completely frangible bullets for years. Their job is to stop a terrorist at 30,000 feet without puncturing the thin skin of an airliner and killing helpless passengers. As such, the RIP round may be an excellent in a condominium, apartment, or town house complex where neighbors live cheek-by-jowl and a more conventional round blowing through drywall would cause the home owner’s association to send an ugly letter.

Secondly, the claims made by G2R about the tiny 6-grain Trocar tips acting like a “hole saw” are only words, not scientifically sound. If the tips separate and only penetrate a few inches—the average male’s chest is about 10 inches deeps—they are going to cause extreme irritation, if they make it through the black leather jacket, but not incapacitation. It is the solid projectile that is going to do the damage—and no one with half a brain will shoot once, and look up to see if the attacker is still coming before shooting again. Shoot once, twice, three times until the perp is on the ground or the floor and has quit—then do not shoot again.

G2R should send Blue Nation a bouquet of flowers. By demonizing a cartridge that delivers only average performance, they promote it and thereby confuse marketing performance with real-world performance.

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