We must ask "WHY?"

We must ask "WHY?"



Saturday, January 25, 2014

G2 research's "R.I.P." Round

There's a new round in town and I expect it's performance will be .......
These exotic rounds come and go, but with the modern electronic state they make an initial big splash and then quickly and quietly die when people learn about the street results.

Also their web site is down more than the Obamacare site. But a friend was able to get on and played 'copy & paste' with some of the claims for me.
* 16" Penetration 
* Up to 6" diameter spread 
* 96 gr projectile 
* 2" grouping at 25 yards 
* 1265 FPS / 490 Muzzle Energy 
* 9 Separate Wound Channels 
* Precision Machined 
* Solid Copper / Lead Free
* Defeats all known barriers such as sheet metal, sheet rock, windshields, plywood, heavy winter clothing
First off, '16" penetration' is from the base (and I REALLY doubt it with that bullet weight), and that is, basically, a 9mm wadcutter. If you want 9mm wadcutter performance, buy 9mm full metal jacket rounds. They cost a LOT less.
The '6" diameter spread'..... Of what? If they mean the fragments then that is nothing special. Glaser has been producing the safety slug for decades.
96 grain projectile is very light for caliber, and that means a very nasty SHALLOW wound. A bullet must reach vital organs in order to stop an attack. For that a bullet needs weight. This doesn't have that.
"1265 FPS / 490 Muzzle Energy" On this I call BULL$HIT. Unless someone has changed how foot pounds are measured then this works out to 341 foot pounds. Go ahead and plug the numbers (bullet weight and velocity) in for yourself
"Defeats all known barriers such as sheet metal, sheet rock, windshields, plywood, heavy winter clothing"... AND? So what? So does the .22 long rifle and I wouldn't recommend that for self defense.

I'd like to say this performance is impressive, but the web site is lacking in .... ANY substantial details.
What size was the block? Manufacturer? BB calibration depth? 

Balloons should be terrified.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is a quantum leap in technology. Maybe my math is bad.
Maybe this is marketing and the R.I.P. round is just a flashy specialty round that will not live up to the hype.
Buy a quality hollow point, train with your weapon and avoid these specialty rounds, at least until they are proven on the street.
Late add on: I added a link for a ballistic calculator.

Dan Emplit WBFD
USN 1986 - 1992

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