weapons & ammuntion Responsibility

This applies specifically to SWCR ammunition, but some of the information will cross to other brands and manufacturers.


All ammunition is dangerous and should be treated as such.  We receive many questions regarding this point.  I know, you think this would be common sense, but with so many new firearms owners and young people in the sport, I want to make this abundantly clear.   All ammunition regardless of the markings has the potential to injure, or kill.  Please use safe handling practices at all times and if you have not been professionally trained, please take a class.  

It’s for your safety as well as the safety of others.  Your neighbor or friend does not count as professional training.  Professional means just that.  Pay someone for the experience and handling of your firearm.  

Let's move on and discuss the three types of ammo technologies available.

Ball/Training Ammunition

 This ammo has the specific purpose of training in mind.  The loads are typically not at the velocities of self-defense ammunition and therefore easier to shoot on the range.  Reduced recoil, with proper firearm performance, is what was considered when we developed this ammunition.  Projectiles (the bullets) are going to be either jacketed lead core or a polymer design.  Neither is made for expansion, therefore is a poor choice for self-defense.  The round is likely to exit the intended target making for limited damage.  The jacketed lead core is the most common type and great for paper targets with a known backstop.  The Polymer type of projectile is excellent for steel target shooting.  That round is a frangible round.  This means that if the rounds strike something more dense and hard than itself, you will be left with a powdery mix of copper and plastic.  This is perfect for steel target shooting as it eliminates the possibility of a ricochet.   

Fragile Copper 

This is the latest in the self-defense rounds technology and ideology.  The copper is much harder than a traditional copper round.  The round is designed with a much deeper hollow cavity in the front.  This does two things.  The first one is the round is lighter as a result.  In some rifle rounds, you can still achieve a more normal weight, but in a handgun round, they will be lighter as you are held to tighter specs on the lengths of the projectiles.  The second thing the cavity is doing is thinning out the walls of the hollow point.  This creates a unique impact signature.  I want to stress now these rounds are excellent for close-quarter self-defense situations and even light varmint hunting.  However, they are not what you want if you were trying to defeat a barrier, such as a car door, or shooting a big game.  What this round does is penetrate roughly 6”-10’” and fragment into little pieces of metal.  Those small pieces continue forward to create a larger wound channel as well as several smaller wound channels.  The trama in that expansion and separation of the projectile front is devastating.  Now the bullet isn’t done yet.  The base of the bullet is left as a small disk and will continue through the target.  In-gel block testing, we failed to capture any projectile bases in a standard FBI block.  In the 45ACP, this is a 78-grain projectile that is loaded to 1900fps.  This has become my personal favorite for my bedside handgun.  20’-30’ engagement situations are where this round really shines.  It performs well in the 9mm as well.  For those hunters engaging coyotes at 200yards and less, this is a smoking round in the 22

Solid Copper / DPX   

If you want in a round that truly crosses into the best performing traditional round, this would be it.  We have our solid copper rounds tweaked to our specifications to give an excellent blend of accuracy, expansion, and weight retention.  Projectile weights are in line with what you would expect to see from all calibers with the exception of the heaviest rounds.  This is the round you want for defeating barriers, longer shots, and excellent terminal performance.  For hunting at moderate distances, this is my personal favorite.  Let’s talk about distances for a moment.  Most normal hunting conditions occur less than 200 yards.  At those ranges, you need a projectile that will expand, penetrate and not fall apart if the shot is under 50 yards.  This is the perfect round for that application.  If a shot presents itself less than 500 yards, the projectile will still have excellent expansion and terminal ballistics.  Beyond 500 yards, there are many considerations that start to develop.  What round are you shooting?  What is your targeted species of the game?  And, the Ballistic Coefficient really starts to matter beyond the 500-yard mark.  So, to save tons of headaches and long conversations, the solid copper is excellent from 500 yards and under.  As always, we want you to have a clean and humane kill of any animals.  We developed our rounds with this in mind.  For self-defense rounds in a handgun, this is excellent for almost any situation and will perform as expected.  Expansion is reliable and terminal performance creates a spiraling wound channel that is hard to close back up.