Liberty Civil Defense has been my new carry ammo for the last month and a half. There are a few cool things about this that I really enjoy about it so far and has had me switching to these as my primary carry rounds all through summer.
First, lets get the specs out of the way. This is a lead free 50 gr. fragmenting monolithic hollow point. The rounds themselves are made of nickel-plated copper with a nickel-plated (brass) cartridge case. Why lead free you ask? I wondered the same thing. I figured they were trying to get a jump on the new laws in California calling for all ammunition to be free of lead and apparently I was wrong. According to Liberty Ammunition, they set out to design the most lethal ammunition in the world and it just so happened that lead free produced the best results. Who knew right?
The reason I started looking into this ammo is because I am always concerned about over penetration. After looking into some of the videos online I liked what I saw. After the initial impact on most ballistic gel tests the round would fragment and dump a ton of energy really quickly. The base seems to travel roughly 11 inches into the gel, but it loses about half of its weight during the fragmentation. The impact and wound channel looks pretty devastating and in a self-defense round that is what I look for. I want to make sure whoever is on the receiving end of my rounds quickly re-evaluates their actions and life choices, and after watching some of the videos I think this is the round to make that happen.
It looks like they picked up Joe Teti from Dual Survival to do some of their videos for them.
One thing I do enjoy about the 50 gr bullet is that a fully loaded Glock 19 mag weighs less than one of my California compliant 10 rounders with standard ball ammo. When you are carrying these in the gun it feels like there is no magazine. In the summer time that is pretty nice since my standard summer time “operator uniform” is shorts, light t-shirt, and my vibram Bikila LS’ (and yes the Vibrams are awesome) so it is nice to have the light gun feel but still have that 15 round capacity.
When I tested the rounds I was pleasantly surprised with the minimal recoil and spot on accuracy paired with the Glock 19. When I say reduced recoil I am serious. It is very noticeable and made follow-up shots great as there was very little muzzle flip. Ladies will appreciate this change from some of the other self-defense rounds on the market. I am a firm believer in there is no such thing as a “one stop shot.” Quick precise follow up shots are going to be needed and the light recoil offered by these rounds will make that possible.
Of course there are quite a few people who aren’t as enthused about what these rounds offer and you can find a lot of differing views and skeptics on Youtube. Here is one of those videos:
The reason I posted this video in particular was the pork shoulder portion. The wound cavity is insane! I am almost certain that would make somebody stop doing whatever it was that prompted the need for an armed response.
Here is another video from Ammunition Depot showing a slow motion on ballistic gel.
Having confidence in your equipment is vital. If you do your research and feel you are better suited with something else, rock on. It is your choice and I am just here showing you options. I am confident that this ammo in my Glock will provide me the protection and performance I need in the summer time. With cooler weather rolling around I am still undecided if I am going to stick with Liberty in the winter or move towards a heavier round. As soon as I make a decision I will fill you in.
If you do decide to try out some Liberty for yourself you can find some at Ammunition Depot right now and they have a heck of a sale price on it as of today (October 15th, 2013).
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