Liberty Ammunition Introduces the .38 Special into its Civil Defense Line Up

Liberty’s Lead-Free Civil Defense Line of ammunition for personal defense and law enforcement features approximately twice the velocity, three times the terminal effect and less felt recoil.

Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense .38 Special Personal Defense Round
Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense .38 Special Personal Defense Round
Liberty Ammunition
Liberty Ammunition

BRADENTON, FL ( – Liberty Ammunition, the global leader in high performance, lead-free ammunition for military, law enforcement and civilian markets, is pleased to announce the .38 Special as the newest addition to its Civil Defense line of high performance personal defense ammunition.

Known for its accuracy and manageable recoil, the .38 Special is ideal for personal defense, training, target shooting and game hunting. Liberty’s high-performance ammunition delivers approximately twice the velocity, three times the terminal effect, 16% less felt recoil and considerably reduces the weight of loaded weapons.

In testing at Liberty’s production facility, the Civil Defense .38 Special achieved velocities greater than 1,500 fps. This velocity is nearly double that of standard ammo. The Civil Defense line of lead-free ammunition features nickel-plated, solid copper projectiles and nickel-plated brass cases. Every round exceeds match-grade quality in performance.

Liberty’s deep cavity, hollow-point projectile, fragments in soft tissue, providing three times the terminal effects of traditional, lead-based ammo in comparable calibers. Due to the patented, proprietary design of the Civil Defense projectile and the lead-free component, Civil Defense ammo is approximately 1/3 to 1/2 the weight, depending on caliber, of traditional ammunition, thus significantly reducing the carry weight of all weapon systems.

Civil Defense Ammunition Specifications:

  • .38 Special
  • Description: Copper, Monolithic, Hollow-Point, Fragmenting, Lead-Free, Personal Defense Round
  • Weight: 50 gr.
  • Velocity: >1,500 fps
  • Kinetic Energy: >250 FPE
  • Accuracy: <2” @ 50 m
  • Terminal Effect: > 2.5” W x 12” D
  • MSRP (20 rd box): $34.99

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About Liberty Ammunition:
Founded shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Liberty Ammunition’s sole pursuit has been to develop the world’s highest performing ammunition. The company provides state-of-the-art tactical ammunition to the US military, our allies and law enforcement. In 2013, Liberty Ammunition entered the civilian market with the highest performing ammunition in the world for superior personal protection and to enhance the game hunting experience. Today, Liberty Ammunition is the global leader in high performance, lead-free ammunition for military, law enforcement and the civilian and hunting markets.

  • 7 thoughts on “Liberty Ammunition Introduces the .38 Special into its Civil Defense Line Up

    1. However good, overpriced ammo is still something people simply won’t practice with.
      Still, I hope these lead free offerings perform well in practice.

    2. Purchased a couple boxes of the 38 spl to test. Was initially impressed by the weight difference of the rounds. The speed and fragmentation effect of the rounds were as advertised and there is a significant reduction in recoil allowing me to get back on target quicker. Shooting these from a revolver so feed and ejection could not be evaluated. My primary weapon is a Kimber 45 ACP therefore I will be purchasing some to further evaluation, but if performance is comp to the 38 I see purchasing some of this for carry. Training ammo and terminal protection ammo are two very different things so the cost difference is much easier to swallow as you are not as a rule stocking nearly as much personal protection as you would training ammo. I have been able to find the 38 spl for as little as $1.00 per round. Not that bad considering the Hornady 125 gr JHP/XTP I had been purchasing was going for about $.92 (cents) per round.

    3. I just bought 3 boxes of it in 380 for the Walther PPK and I like it a lot. Definitely like the lessened recoil and love the fragmenting. Shot some foam core and the insertion hole was about twice as big as the 380 brass but the exit hole freaking huge. I imagine that if this was someone rather then something one shot might simply be enough. I don’t see any reason to use it for practice but then why use an hollow point ammo that is what wad-cutters are for. Lead for paper copper for skin, muscle, bone etc…

    4. I save my ammo for hunting and self defense. I learned how to hit paper when I was 3 and quit wasting BB gun ammo at that age. Not going to pay inflated prices when the bad guy is just a dead whether I shoot him with my old .45 ammo that I got for $8.00 for 50, yrs. ago, or $150 for 50 of this new and improved stuff. No thanks, I am not a sucker. If more people followed my lead, prices would drop like a rock.

    5. @unknown, Sorry but I have to disagree. I don’t know about anyone else but, as far as I am concerned my life, the life of a loved one or even that of an innocent is worth more than $1.75, assuming my .45 ACP drops the perp with one shot. I have purchased multiple boxes of this ammunition and will continue to purchase more in .45 ACP, 9 MM, .40 S&W and .380. Also, these rounds will blow the hell out of whatever they hit. I’ve shot cantaloupe with these rounds and there is a small entry wound in the front and NO back half. The round literally blows the back half of the melon clean off. It is almost as though someone took a knife and cut it in half. So, again, this is a round I will continue to purchase.

      1. agree with AJ 100%. What is the use of saving money buying cheap unproven ammo if you get hurt or die in the process of defending yourself or someone because your cheap ammo did not perform well! When lives are at stake I will not rely on run-of-the-mill ammo. My 2 cent.

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