Ammo supplies have eased in my neck of the woods. But then Lone Star State gun owners stocked up before the post-Newtown surge. And anti-government paranoia is endemic, not epidemic. As more rounds come ’round to gun stores, there’s more variety, too. That’s because the ammo drought raised prices and created market opportunities for new products (“I don’t care what it is, I’ll take a box”). So it’s no surprise that lead-free ammo specialists Liberty Ammunition are launching a new line. What is surprising: the company’s presser proclaims that Civil Defense is lighter, less snappy and faster than all its competitors. And it offers twice the “effective range” of its competitors. [Click here to buy. Press release after the jump.] What’s not to love? TTAG ammo tester ShootingtheBull410’s on the case . . .
BRADENTON, FL – Liberty Ammunition, global leader in high performance, lead-free ammunition for military and law enforcement markets, announces the Civil Defense line of superior personal defense ammunition for civilians and law enforcement personnel. Available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and .380 Auto, Liberty’s high-performance ammunition has twice the effective range of standard ammo, provides up to 16% less felt recoil and considerably less weight in loaded magazines.
Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense 9mm rounds
In testing the 9mm and .40 S&W ammo at Liberty’s home range, the Civil Defense rounds traveled at velocities greater than 2,000 fps and over 1900 fps for the Civil Defense .45 ACP round. These velocities are nearly double that of any other standard ammo. The Civil Defense lead-free rounds are made from nickel-plated copper with a nickel-plated brass cartridge case. Every round exceeds match-grade quality in performance.
Liberty’ hollow-point fragmenting Civil Defense rounds also provide three times the terminal effects of traditional ammo in comparable calibers. Due to the patented, proprietary make-up of the Civil Defense rounds and the lead-free component, Civil Defense ammo is lighter in weight. For example, a law officer carrying three fully loaded magazines on his belt will notice a significant weight reduction of up to a pound.
“Liberty Ammunition was originally developed for the battlefield. That same mindset of superior performance, coupled with our advanced ammunition technologies is now available to consumers and law enforcement,” Steven Torma, President and CEO of Liberty Ammunition commented. “Faster, more powerful and lighter in weight; the Civil Defense line of ammunition is the obvious choice for personal and civic protection.”
Civil Defense Ammunition Specifications:
9mm .40 S&W .45 ACP .380 Auto
Description: Copper, Monolithic, Hollow-Point Fragmenting Personal Defense Round
Weight: 50 gr. 60 gr. 78 gr. 50 gr.
Velocity: >2,000 fps >2,000 fps >1,900 fps >1,500 fps
Kinetic Energy: >450 FPE >500 FPE >600 FPE >250 FPE
Accuracy: <2” @ 50 m <2” @ 50 m <2” @ 50 m <2” @ 50 m
Terminal Effect: > 3.5” W x 12” D > 3.5” W x 12” D > 3.5” W x 12” D >2.5” W x 12” D
MSRP (20 rd box): $25.99 $28.99 $29.99 $25.49
For more information on Liberty Ammunition visit www.libertyammo.com
About Liberty Ammunition:
Founded shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Liberty Ammunition’s sole pursuit has been to develop the world’s highest performing ammunition. The company provides state-of-the-art tactical ammunition to the US military, our allies and law enforcement. In 2013, Liberty Ammunition entered the civilian market with the highest performing ammunition in the world for superior personal protection and to enhance the game hunting experience. Today, Liberty Ammunition is the global leader in high performance, lead-free ammunition for military, law enforcement and the civilian and hunting markets. www.libertyammo.com
Unauthorized edit by Jeremy S. (sorry, RF):
I shot this ammo through that ridiculous 3-foot ‘barrel’ (not rifled and about 10mm inside diameter) extension on the end of my P-09, and got some fairly extreme velocities out of it! No, I would personally never carry this as a defensive load as it is incapable of meeting minimum penetration depths according to all of the testing I have seen.