If you have been anywhere near social media in the last few days you have seen this new ammo popping up all over. The round we are talking about is called the R.I.P or Radically Invasive Projectile and it is made by G2 Research. Here are the specs off their website.
G2 Research R.I.P. 9mm
* 16″ Penetration
* Up to 6″ diameter spread
* 96 gr projectile
* 2″ grouping at 25 yrds
* 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
As most of you know I have been a huge proponent of Liberty Ammunition since they have hit the civilian market. There are still a lot of skeptics out there and surprisingly some of those that are skeptical of the Liberty Civil Defense rounds seem to be all excited over the R.I.P. round. I will come out now and say that I am not a fan of G2’s super ammo for a few different reasons.
First and foremost penetration depth is something I look at closely when choosing a round that I will carry on the street. I am looking for something that will go deep enough to get to the important stuff but at the same time not have to worry about over penetration. Liberty 9mm Ammo will penetrate roughly 2-4 inches dump nearly 600 pounds of energy (right in the range of standard 45 Auto hollow points) and fragment. Now if you check out the video on the G2 Research site you can see the R.I.P. round is penetrating entirely too much for me to be comfortable with.
As you can see the round does do a great job of dumping a lot of energy but fails to stay in the gel an passes through on into the target behind. Knowing I am responsible for every round that leaves my gun and where it ends makes me very leery to want to carry a round like this one the street.
Another reason and probably the biggest is defending my ammo choice in court if god forbid I would have to use it. Lets face it, winning the gun fight is only the first battle you will have to endure to save you life. Justifying your use of force in the court of law is just as threatening to your life and your lively hood as an armed carjacker. In Ohio you are considered the defendant and the bad guy you defended your life against is considered the victim until your actions are proven justified. (Read the AG Handbook if you are confused) Every aspect of your life will be picked apart from your training background to gun and ammo choice and I can’t see an ammo called R.I.P. is going to help my cause any. Just think if George Zimmerman would have been using this ammo the night he defended his life against Trayvon Martin. The prosecution tried to demonize Mr. Zimmerman for carrying a gun with a round in the chamber, how do you think the prosecutors would have used this against him?
This is a new round that seems to not answer any problems. To me it only seems to look like it will create more problems down the road if you have to use it. What do you think? Am I looking past some big plus this round brings to the market? For now I will stick with the Liberty and I look forward to some independent studies on the R.I.P. rounds.
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