Rob Pincus

A Firearms Training Performance Test with Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense Rounds

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Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense is an ultra lightweight +P 9mm round, only 50 grains. Despite this, it’s a very powerful and potent defensive round. Civil Defense has been designed to minimize recoil, which makes it great for firearms training, and increase the transfer of energy over a short path. Check out how it performs during testing when fired into ballistic gelatin and through intermediate barriers.

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13 Responses to “A Firearms Training Performance Test with Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense Rounds”

  1. Paul Oglesbee

    I've shot the Liberty.40 cal. Though 8 layers of denim over a 2x4 and refrigerator door. Into 3 one gallon water jugs. The bullet penetrated all the way into the third jug

  2. Russ

    I suggest you watch the you tube video Make up your own mind. However, I for one will stick will Federal HST or Critical Duty in a 3 in 9mm

  3. Moose

    I have test fired this ammo and liked what it did. My question is, since it is rated +P due to higher pressure, is it safe to fire in most firearms, like XD, LCP, LC9, etc.? Looks ideal for self-defense, but not for much practice shooting.

  4. Joe Slobodnik

    I have never been a fan of he 9mm due to over penetration. Seems like the issues with that problem has been addressed and helped considerably

  5. Mark

    Since the bullet broke up through the glass, I would like to see it again through the glass against a layer of denim over the gelatin. Much of the bullet mass is fragmented off and peppers the gelatin but does not penetrate far. Does it go in at all if the target is dressed?

  6. Paul Grumsha

    Most of everything was very informative and seemed plausible, however the word "tempered glass" was used inaccurately. If the glass used in the demo was indeed tempered, it would have blown up into many small pieces. Annealed glass was the type of glass used.

  7. PDN Team

    Hi, Ray! We haven't tested it, but I wouldn't expect it to be a major issue due to the thinness of the hollow point cavity walls.

  8. Ray

    Rob, how does this round do penetrating heavy clothing? Is plugging an issue?

  9. TC

    Nice video. Would be more helpful to see it in comparison to other average 9mm rounds. Even more important is muzzle energy. You're looking around 444 foot pounds (50grains @ 2,000 ft/per second) which is more impressive to talk about, especially given the added control/accuracy you'll have over the gun.

  10. Bob

    f = ma; force = mass * acceleration p = mv; momentum = mass * velocity

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