In what seems sure to be the next Black Talon in terms of media hype and being labelled as a “cop killer” from anti gun lawmakers comes the gnarly looking 96gr 9x19mm R.I.P. (Radically Invasive Projectile) from G2 Research (G2R). G2R refers to the patent pending technology as TROCAR, and I have no idea what that stands for. This was either shown at SHOT show 2014, or timed for media release during SHOT show for maximum effect, and it has been all over the gun forums and blogs in the past few days.
The bullet is nothing too terribly special, it’s just a solid copper hollow point at +P level with vertical striations done in a gothic style and meant to fragment apart after post-impact penetration. It’s basically like Lehigh Defense’s “Maximum Expansion” bullets, but with fragmenting arrow-shaped segments meant to offer an effect similar to the Magsafe Defender. The manufacturer has a website at http://www.g2rammo.com and a very informative Youtube video here:
Billed as “The last round you’ll ever need”, the style of the bullet, along with the fantastical images shown in the promo video of the bullets penetrating and exploding everything they touch will no doubt result in somebody somewhere testing it on Kevlar and declaring the results in a forum somewhere. I have no idea on availability or price as their website is down, but I suspect a direct from manufacturer storefront similar to Lehigh Defense.
Here is a screenshot of the moment of exit from one of their projectiles going through a water-filled balloon. If a water filled balloon causes the segments to detach and disperse as quickly as is shown, then it apparently requires very little resistance or depth to do so, yet they also show it penetrating a cinder block, which is impressive for a 9mm hollow point capable of such expansion in soft media:
The video claims that they plan on future calibers of .380acp, .357sig, .40S&W, .45acp, and shotgun slugs. No word on a headstamp, but I assume commercial brass, with an eventual custom headstamp if they become as successful as Liberty Ammunition. I must give the manufacturer kudos for creating what appears to be a combination of styles & functions borrowing from the Lehigh “Maximum Expansion”, the Kawser Pingrabber, and the Cobra Gun company High-Safety ammo.