[Video] G2R RIP Ammo Independent Test – It Performs Just as Well as 2X .22LR’s – Wait, WHAT?!
UPDATE: I just added ShootingTheBull410′s part II video where he compares the RIP to a Federal HST. The results are what would be expected. The RIP round does do some nasty damage in the first few inches of gel, but the HST retains much more weight, expands to a much larger size, and penetrates deeper into the body.
The RIP did do pretty well on barrier tests, but what you’re still left with after the round sheds its trocars is a 48gr bullet to get the job done.
So, myself, along with several other gun bloggers who have seen various kinds of ammo come and go weren’t overly impressed with the new G2R RIP round that seemed to take the internet by storm.
High speed, fragmenting ammo is nothing new. It’s been tried before to mixed results. Some people even still swear by rounds that do the exact same thing developed years ago. Fine, to each their own. There is definitely a place for ammo that has controlled penetration and creates nasty wounds. It’s very useful were over penetration and collateral damage are concerned.
However, the G2R RIP ammo makes some bold claims. Its marketing slogan is “The last round you’ll ever need”. Well, for me to trust just one round would mean it would need to perform 100% in a variety of situations (something virtually no ammo can do).
Now it seems we have one of the first, if not the first, independent ballistics test of the RIP round.
ShootingTheBull410, who is known for his accurate ballistic gel tests wasn’t too kind on the RIP round in his review.
The video starts by him showing a ballistic gel block that doesn’t look overly amazing, but it looks OK. We have penetration to the 12-14″ range of the main projectile and penetration to around 5″ for the fragmenting section of the round.
However, he then reveals that what we are looking at is in fact 2x .22LR rounds and he then rolls in the actual RIP ballistic gel which looks almost identical. As he points out in the video, the main part of the project does penetrate deeper than 12″, but not by a lot. Also, by that point, the round has already lost a good bit of its mass by shedding it’s “trocars”.
The trocars, which are the big selling point of the round only penetrated about 1.5 – 4.5″ in ballistics gel. Keep in mind this is straight up gel. Clothing, muscles, tendons and bone are going to reduce that quite a bit in real world situations.
As I said before, I’ll stick with premium 124-147gr offerings from the big ammo makers in their proven JHP designs. It’s not that I don’t want to see innovative bullet design, because I certainly do. However, I just think if high speed, fragmenting rounds were the way to go it would already be all the rage.