First Look: Remington Golden Saber Black Belt Ammo

By: Evan Brune

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Remington expanded its self-defense ammo offerings in 2018 with the company’s all-new Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition. This new load incorporates a novel bullet design that optimizes several components of the round’s ballistic performance, including jacket retention and barrier penetration.

“Historically, Remington brought Golden Saber P&R out to provide superior performance to our competitors at the time,” said David Schluckebier, new product development manager for Remington. “The next evolution in Remington’s premium P&R (pistol & revolver) collection came with the Golden Saber Bonded line. The Golden Saber Black Belt brings the best features and benefits of the previous lines to it, providing best-in-class performance.”

The new round was tailor-made for law-enforcement use, and Remington has submitted the all-new Black Belt load in a bid to win the FBI’s latest ammo-contract solicitation. However, all of the elements that make it a suitable law-enforcement load also provide excellent performance for personal defense.

The bullet features a spiral nosecut, which ensures expansion even at low velocities. The benefit of this particular design element is that users will see adequate expansion when using the rounds in short-barrel personal-defense guns that don’t provide the muzzle velocities of larger, duty-size firearms.

Of course, one of the stand-out elements of the new Remington Golden Saber Black Belt cartridge is the black belt surrounding the middle of the round. After experimenting with plastic belts that didn’t meet performance needs, the company finally settled on a brass band with a black-oxide finish.

“The belt is the key to the superior performance,” Schluckebier said. “The belt is there to displace the jacket toward the center axis of the bullet. It was a way to provide a mechanical core-locking feature more pronounced than the initial driving band we put on the Golden Saber. The existence of the band has a dual purpose as well. It will undoubtedly stop the petal tear at that location.”

With the addition of the black belt surrounding the bullet, the overall design follows more of an hourglass-shape that differs from traditional bullet designs. Remington engineers developed this unique jacket to provide consistent performance, regardless of barriers.

“Specifically, the shape of the formed jacket allows for bonded performance in the harder barriers while providing normal Golden Saber performance in the softer ones,” Schluckebier said. “So, we are getting both expansion and weight retention more consistently across barriers, which makes the bullet performance more barrier-blind. In other words, the most important performance result—penetration distance—becomes more consistent, barrier to barrier, shot to shot.

Shown on the graphic is the cross-section of the Remington Golden Saber Black Belt bullet, which illustrates how the brass band forms part of the bearing surface on the projectile.

What does this mean for home-defense and personal-protection use? Schluckebier said that the round’s consistent performance across all barriers means there’s less chance of over-penetration, thanks to the round’s aggressive expansion. This reduces the chance that exiting rounds will continue to travel through traditional barriers found in urban environments, like drywall, floorboards, doors and more.

In addition to the projectile’s unique design, other elements of the ammo are purpose-built for daily carry and consistent performance. The cartridge case is nickel-plated to reduce the chances of corrosion and enhance lubricity for reliable function. Additionally, the bright nickel also makes it easy to visually see that a firearm is loaded with a brief press check, even in low-light conditions.

Other stand-out components include a waterproof seal around the neck of the case and the inside of the primer pocket, preventing moisture from compromising performance. The round also uses flash-suppressed propellant and an optimized primer that work to reduce muzzle flash that can disorient users in low-light self-defense scenarios.

Remington Golden Saber Black Belt ammunition is available in 124-grain 9 mm, 124-grain 9 mm +P, 180-grain .40 S&W and 230-grain .45 ACP loads. The suggested retail price per box of 20 rounds starts at $24.29.

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Speer Gold Dot Awarded Homeland Security Ammo Contract

By: Guy J. Sagi

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Speer was awarded a contract earlier this month with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) for up to 120 million rounds of 124-grain, 9 mm Gold Dot Duty ammunition. First delivery takes place in 2018, according to the agreement, and it will be supplied to multiple DHS law enforcement components and other federal agencies for up to a five-year period.

The DHS, which was established in 2002, has nearly 240,000 employees. Its 22 departments and agencies include the Coast Guard, Secret Service, ICE,  Federal Emergency Management Agency, Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and others.

“Speer Gold Dot has along history of providing trusted performance time and time again for our nation’s law enforcement and military,” said Speer Product Director Jason Nash. “We’re very proud to provide Gold Dot to the DHS for their duty ammunition needs.”

The bullet’s lead core is electro-chemically bonded to the jacket—using the company’s exclusive Uni-Core method—minimizing the chances of separation if it passes through an intermediate barrier (windshields, etc.) en route to the target. The process also results in a more uniform jacket thickness that improves accuracy. Gold Dot was the first handgun ammunition with true, bonded-core bullets and the hollow-point cavity is tuned to work in concert with the caliber and weight to optimize penetration and expansion.

A final, rounding and smoothing of the hollow-point profile enhances functioning and reliability. Coupled with nickel-plated brass to smooth chambering and extraction, the load has quickly gained favor in many law enforcement agencies nationwide.

The 9 mm isn’t the only handgun cartridge carried by agents of the various HSA agencies. The list currently includes .357 SIG, .38 Spl. +P, and .40 S&W, as well as 12-gauge and .223 Rem. in long guns.

SIG Sauer Adds to 9 mm Elite Performance Ammunition Line

By: American Rifleman Staff

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SIG Sauer is expanding its line of 9 mm full metal jacket (FMJ) Elite Performance Ammunition to include 124-gr. and 147-gr. bullet weights. The addition of these rounds means that both the V-Crown jacketed hollow point (JHP) personal -defense ammunition and the SIG FMJ target loads are offered in all three weights.

The affordable SIG FMJ ball ammunition is designed to approximate the performance of the corresponding JHP loads, making a seamless transition from target ammo to carry ammo. The copper-coated lead bullets in the SIG FMJ ammunition were engineered for precision, uniformity and consistent accuracy.

“SIG FMJ ammunition is designed specifically for practice and competition shooting, and given the sheer popularity of the 9 mm caliber, expanding the FMJ line to mirror the V-Crown offerings was an important next step,” said Dan Powers, president of the SIG Sauer Ammunition Division.  “These premium target rounds feed as smoothly as our V-Crown JHP rounds and perform and feel almost identical to the V-Crown loads when shooting, making them ideal practice rounds.”

Manufactured to meet or exceed SAAMI specifications, the SIG FMJ center-fire pistol cartridges feature solid brass cases and durable copper jacketed bullets that stay with the lead at impact. Dependable primers and clean-burning powders are used for reduced barrel fouling and more reliable functioning.

All SIG Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition is manufactured by SIG Sauer at its new ammunition manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Ark., to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles. For more information, visit sigsauer.com/ammunition.