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Liberty Civil Defense Ammo Review
Whats up with this aluminum hollow point ammo I keep hearing about?
When I first heard about Liberty Civil Defense ammunition, I was one of the first to dismiss this new light aluminum ammunition as another marketing gimmick, but the ammo intrigued me so I decided to do some research and see what this ammo was all about. I immediately noticed how light the bullets when compared to the other personal defense ammunition on the market. 50 grain for a 9mm bullet? What were they thinking! But then after reading further, I saw how fast this projectile traveled. 2000 feet per second! I was impressed. My Five seveN ammunition travels about 2300 feet per second out of a 5” barrel, and its a 27 grain bullet with a rifle style cartridge. I began thinking back to high school physics which reminded me, MASS x VELOCITY = MOMENTUM. So a lighter bullet traveling twice as fast as a heavier bullet should have a similar total energy disbursement and therefore similar results right? This is what I was determined to find out.
What is Liberty Civil Defense Ammo?
Civil Defense is the company’s line of civilian ammunition. It is designed to quickly incapacitate a violent attacker by causing massive hemorrhaging, while still allowing for enough penetration to reach vital organs and crush bones. These ammunition cartridges use a monolithic copper bullet that is lighter a normal bullet of the same caliber. These bullets achieve extremely high velocities from standard handguns. Unlike some of Liberty’s predecessors that have been offered in the past from companies like Corbon, Liberty’s bullets use a deep hollow point design which upon impact of soft tissue, forces the bullet to fragment causing massive damage.
I read a few different articles around the internet and each article had a different opinion on the effectiveness of this ammunition, but none of these geniuses actually did any real world testing with the ammunition. They just assumed that because of the lighter weight, the bullet would have a hard time penetrating barriers such as thick denim, glass, car doors and other dense materials. “you need to have 18 inches of penetration according to the experts” I kept hearing. 18”? I don’t know about you, but shoot me with a bullet that penetrates 18” and the person who was unlucky to be behind me is also going to end up with a hole in them as well. So after hours of research, I was no closer to finding out the answer to my question. “Is this ammo any good?” So instead of waste anymore time with wanna be internet ballistics guru’s, I decided to pack up my toys, grab some of the most common barriers one would encounter in a real world scenario, and head out to the Florida Everglades to set up my own test of this super light super fast ammunition. I was finally going to actually figure out whats really going on with this Liberty Civil Defense Ammo.
To prepare for the shoot I gathered the following barriers to test the ammo on:
- 3/4” Sheet Rock to simulate a home wall
- 1/2” Sheet Rock again to simulate a wall or similar barrier
- 1/4” Particle board which could simulate a table or some light barrier
- A door from a Volkswagen Jetta
- Automobile glass
- Thin sheet metal to put behind the barriers so we could see what the exit holes looked like.
We also wanted to test the most common calibers that the everyday person would be carrying in their firearm, so we brought four different firearms that each shot a different caliber.
- Keltec .380 1.875” barrel with Liberty .380 50 grain bullet at 1500 fps
- Beretta Nano 9mm 3” barrel with Liberty 9mm 50 grain bullet at 2000 fps
- Sig Sauer P229 .40 S&W 4” barrel with Liberty .40cal 60 grain bullet at 2000 fps
- FN FNX .45 Tactical with an Advanced Armament Shepard suppressor with Liberty .45acp 78 grain bullet at 1900 fps.
For some added fun I cooked up some ballistic gel in my kitchen and it turned out pretty cool. The gel was created to mimic a human torso. We added a heart with strawberry syrup in the middle, some wax ribs, two kidneys and some lungs all to see what this liberty ammo would do to what organs. The ballistic gel I created we later found out was to small to really be of any value to the test. The size of the gel was too small to really use behind the barrier so we could try and capture what would happen to the bullet after it went through a barrier. Due to my lack of experience with ballistics gel and the correct sizes needed for experiments like this, we quickly realized that my 14” x 9” baking pan mold was no where near the amount needed to be large enough to make the gel effective in taking hits and being able to then use it for accurate readings, but we put that behind the barrier anyway to see what would happen for my own amusement. For our follow up video I plan on obtaining a large block of actual ballistic gel.
We all agreed that the toughest barrier we brought with us would be the car door, so we set that up first with one 1/2” sheet rock layer about 1 foot behind the car door, and then behind that we set up a few more layers of the 3/4” sheet rock about 1 foot apart from each other, so we could see how much penetration would occur once it hit that hard first barrier, the second dry wall barrier and then if it continued through, how far it would actually travel and the effects. We figured because of the weight of the bullet, a few barriers should be more than enough and we would be able to capture some of the projectiles from the dry wall boards in the back. Guess what? We were completely WRONG! The ammo was so effective in penetrating, that it actually went right through every barrier we put up, which really took us all by surprise. After reading those articles online that this ammo might have a hard time with only a couple layers of denim, I thought a car door and multiple sheets of thick sheet rock would be overkill. We witnessed first hand the ferocious truth that is hidden inside these shiny light weight cartridges.
We conducted the test as followed: One shot at the door with each of the calibers, tracking each shot and seeing how each caliber performed. First the Keltec shooting the .380, then the Nano with the 9mm, the Sig 229 with the .40 S&W and finally the FN FNX with the .45ACP. Each round had no problem being extremely accurate and hitting the door right where I aimed. After the first round of four shots, one from each gun, we walked over to check the results. EVERY SHOT went right through the door, in some cases even hit the steel support beam inside the door, and exited the other side with no problem at all. When we pulled back the Door, we saw the same thing happen to the dry wall, every single round penetrated the door, the particle board, the sheet metal and the 3/4” drywall behind it with ease.
After seeing how easily the ammo penetrated all the barriers we setup, we decided to stack all the barriers one by one next to each other for the last four shots. We shot the same four rounds and saw the same results. The 9mm, .40cal and .45 had the most penetration going through every barrier we put up. The .380 was the only round that stopped after the door, 3/4” dry wall, the particle board, the sheet metal and then finally came to a stop in the fifth layer of 3/4” drywall.
Only two of the rounds fragmented and those are the rounds that actually hit the ballistic gel. One of the design characteristics of Liberty is that the projectile remains intact while shooting through a barrier, door, window, whatever it may be. Once the hollow point hits soft tissue, it fills the tip of the ammo forcing the bullet to expand and break into fragments. These fragments blow up almost like a hand grenade causing about a 4.5” wide area of extreme energy transfer with shrapnel. The remaining bottom portion of the bullet stays as a slug and penetrates about 8-12 inches depending on the caliber and what barrier it travels through.
The closest ammunition that could be compared to the design of the fragmenting around is the RIP G2 pre-fragmented hollow point. If we tested the RIP G2 in the same fashion, the first hard barrier would cause the round to break apart and fragment too early. How effective can you really be with ammo that breaks before reaching its target? The ability to penetrate through hard barriers first and then fragment only upon impact of soft tissue, paired with the speed and light carry weight of the Liberty Civil Defense Ammo round makes this ammo far Superior than any other personal defense round on the market. The fragmentation of this ammunition is what makes it the most deadly ammunition available to the civilian market hence the companies slogan “ONE AND DONE.” One shot anywhere in the torso and this fragmenting bullet more than likely will hit one of the vital organs which is one of the ways death occurs from a gun shot wound to the abdomen.
There are a lot of other features that the Liberty Civil Defense Ammo has to offer which makes it the best personal defense ammunition for your everyday carry.
- REDUCED CARRY WEIGHT: If your like me, you carry at least a compact to full size firearm on a daily basis, all day, everyday. After a couple hours of carrying a fully loaded Sig P229 with 17 rounds of regular defense ammo your gun becomes more of an annoyance then it is a comfort. The weight of the firearm has a direct relationship to how long you can carry comfortably for, how often you will actually carry the gun, and allowing the firearm to become another part of your everyday wardrobe. The weight allows you to stay with the compact or full size firearm we all love, but still keep the weight at a manageable amount.
- REDUCED RECOIL: one of the hardest things I try to teach my students when taking their Concealed Carry Class is the ability to take follow up shots, better known as “Double tap” Because the bullet is super light, the perceived recoil of the firearm is cut by about 30%. This helps you stay on target while taking multiple shots.
- REDUCED OVER PENETRATION: The fragmenting ammo ensures that once that bullet hits its intended target, it will not come out the other side. Some high velocity FMJ have the ability to enter and exit the back side of your target, endangering whoever happens to be behind your target. The fragmentation width is about 4.5” inches wide while the base of the ammo penetrates about 12” inches.
- 3X TERMINAL EFFECT: simply put, more knock down power. I want to be able to stop my attacker in his or her tracks immediately and no matter what. If my attacker is on Crystal Meth and in an adrenaline fueled rage a .380 shot from a 2″ barrel isn’t going to stop him. I want to literally knock him off his feet and put him down on the ground. The Liberty Civil Defense Ammo gives you that knock down power.
- 2X VELOCITY: Liberty Civil Defense Ammo is about twice as fast as the best hollow point on the market. Speed x Mass = Momentum which delivers the Terminal effect or how the projectile acts once it hits its target. Because the ammo is twice as fast, it delivers much more kinetic energy than a slower heavier round. The more energy being transferred the more damage will be done to the target. The larger caliber rounds will actually throw the target back like you see in the movies. Although the over penetration is reduced because of the deep cavity hollow point design, because of the speed it has been tested and proven that it will penetrate all different types of barriers such as what we tested today: Automotive Glass / Windshield, Car doors, Dry Wall or Plywood, and also most important Heavy Clothing such as denim, leather jackets and sweatshirts.
- MADE IN THE USA: Lead Free Projectile made here right in our own back yard, Sarasota Florida from a Monolithic Copper and then Nickel Plated to give it that beautiful shiny aluminum look that is safe to handle and wont go bad.
So, Should I Buy This Liberty Civil Defense Ammo or not?
Based on the findings of my experiment and the science behind the Liberty Civil Defense Ammo, my conclusion is that Liberty Civil Defense Ammo makes some of the best personal defense ammo on the market. Its right up there with Hornady and Speer in my book. I did find an interesting test conducted online that took two six pound roast beef loins and shot each with one round of each bullet. The first with Liberty Civil Defense Ammo and the other a Hornady XTP 147 grain round . The difference in damage to the meat was quite dramatic. The Liberty Civil Defense Ammo caused massive damage through the meat, while the XTP punched through the meat with a comparatively small wound track.
I carry this ammo on a daily basis and absolutely love it. The weight makes you forget that your even carrying a firearm at all. In a situation where I had to use my firearm to protect my life, you better believe the Liberty Civil Defense Ammo is and will remain the first choice of me, my family, and my customers for daily carry inside and outside the home, as well as inside the gun shop as well. This ammo is designed to work every single time you pull the trigger, and whoever is on the receiving end of that bullet doesn’t have a chance because of the 4.5” wide terminal shock and shrapnel which will put down anyone in the world with one shot. Stock up on as much of this ammunition as you can, it doesn’t go bad and the performance is by far the most impressive personal defense ammunition available to civilians I have come across.
Prices fluctuate from place to place, and most of these ammunition websites will trick you into thinking your getting a great deal on a box of ammo for $18, but when you go to check out they add $15 in shipping and handling, which most people don’t realize. I recommend if you want to save money, place an order with us on FloridaGunClassifieds.com. We don’t play tricks with our prices, and head to head our prices for Liberty Civil Defense Ammo is always lower than any other site in the country. We have the best selection of New Guns for Sale and Used Guns for Sale as well. We’ll ship the ammo directly to your door step and always have someone available to answer any and all of your questions regarding the ammo or anything else firearm related.
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