500 rounds Speer LE 54226 G2 - Gold Dot 2 - 9mm 147gr Polymer Tip
2018 production Speer LE 54226 Gold Dot G2 9mm 147gr Polymer Tip as currently issued by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies as their duty round. Also chosen by USSOCOM for their G17 and G19 pistols. Speer Gold Dot G2 provides the best performance for duty with the highest scores in the history of FBI protocol testing.
The Gold Dot G2 features exclusive Gold Dot construction and a
structural-plated, pressure-formed core. Instead of a large cavity in
the nose, Gold Dot G2 has a shallow dish filled with a high-performance
elastomer. On impact, the material is forced into specially designed
fissures to start the expansion process, as opposed to conventional
bullet designs, which need target media to enter the hollow point and
create expansion forces. The result is uniform expansion and more
consistent penetration across barrier types, gun platforms, and barrel
This ammunition was recently shipped from the distributor, so it is
brand new and the latest version. All cartridges that we sell are the new version regardless of date of the headstamps. The current batch appears to all have 2018 headstamps. Many of the boxes have marks from the boxes rubbing against each other in the cases during shipment. Speer
54226 has been used by the FBI as their duty round as Speer 54227.
The skives of the cartridge were modified starting in late 2015 so that the bullet
will better expand in barrels shorter than 5 inches. The new version with the modified skives is on the right of this
photograph by Molon. The earlier version was repackaged by Speer and sold as surplus to distributors in a white box as
training ammunition with a vendor number of 954226. This training
ammunition was available for $0.38 per round from other vendors. The
cartridges that we are offering are the latest version, first quality, and just shipped from the distributor.
"If you are likely to engage threats in or around vehicles, then Speer
G2, Win Ranger Bonded, and Hornady Critical Duty are good options." Dr. Roberts
"The GD2 penetrates a bit deeper (15-18"), but expands a bit less--this
is an advantage if you work around vehicles. If your are more likely to
have less obstructed engagements, then the standard GD which penetrates a
bit less (13-15") and expands a bit more is probably the better
choice..." Dr. Roberts
From Dr. G.K. Roberts (Glock 19) . . .
9 mm Fed 147 gr HST 4LD: Pen = 15.5”, RD = 0.52”, RL = 0.53”, RW = 148.5 gr
9 mm Speer 147 gr G2 4LD: Pen = 17.4”, RD = 0.49”, RL = 0.45”, RW = 145.6 gr
9 mm Win 147 gr RA9B 4LD: Pen = 19.4”, RD = 0.46”, RL = 0.49”, RW = 146.6 gr
Recovered from 4LD--Top row is Speer 147 gr G2 PT, Far right is Fed 147 gr HST control round, Bottom row is Winchester 147 gr RA9B JHP
Range report from Molon on AR15.com HERE
This cartridge is on Dr. Gary Roberts' list of loads that demonstrate outstanding terminal performance and can be considered acceptable for duty/self-defense use. 9mm Self Defense and Duty Loads
"Bullet designs like the Silver Tip, Hydra-Shok, and Black Talon were
state of the art 15 or 20 years ago. These older bullets tend to plug
up and act like FMJ projectiles when shot through heavy clothing; they
also often have significant degradation in terminal performance after
first passing through intermediate barriers. Modern ammunition which
has been designed for robust expansion against clothing and
intermediate barriers is significantly superior to the older designs.
The bullets in the Federal Classic and Hydrashok line are outperformed
by other ATK products such as the Federal Tactical and HST, as well as
the Speer Gold Dot; likewise Winchester Ranger Talons are far superior
to the old Black Talons or civilian SXT's."
Dr. Gary Roberts on pistol-forum.com
Speer Gold Dot G2: The New Standard In Duty Ammunition