New G2 Research Civic Duty Round Turns .380 ACP into Major Fight Stopper

G2 Research Civic Duty Round Turns .380 ACP into Major Fight Stopper
G2 Research Civic Duty Round Turns .380 ACP into Major Fight Stopper

G2 ResearchWinder, GA-( G2 Research – NEW Civic Duty high-expansion ammunition turns the often underrated .380 ACP into a serious fight stopper.

G2 Research’s new high-efficiency .380 ACP Civic Duty self-defense round changes the game. The pure copper, 69-grain, light weight low recoil, specialized CNC-machined bullet moves at 1,250 FPS, then on impact instantly expands into six (6) big flesh-cutting copper petals almost one (1) inch in diameter – transforming the .380 into a truly fast fight stopper.

The .380 is seen by many as the red-headed stepchild of the full power 9mm, even though, at self-defense ranges, the .380 performs comparably to the 9mm. Generally, the .380’s lighter bullet and 100-250 fps velocity drop (depending on the loads) has been the major stumbling point for many. Well, not anymore!

The all-new Civic Duty.380 ACP round creates 9mm stopping power in a smaller, lower-recoil package, with the added benefit that its design:

  • reduces the possibility of through and through shots that can harm bystanders;
  • increases the chance that all the bullet energy stays inside the target; and
  • lower recoil allows for faster, more accurate followup shots (if necessary!)

The sharp, flesh-cutting bullet petals also cause more impact pain and create large temporary and permanent wound channels, all of which adds to its fight-stopping capabilities.


  • Caliber: .380 ACP
  • Bullet weight: 69 grains
  • Velocity: 1,250 fps
  • MSRP: $40.99 box of 20
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Does it meet FBI test criteria? Light weight and big expansion = inadequate penetration. The downfall of .380 ACP has always been inadequate penetration. Many speak of FMJ being best for .380 to COUNTER inadequate penetration. I’d trust a 102 gr Golden Saber at @ 950 fps. . . . . or a 90 gr Gold Dot @1040

Resistance is futile

Why are there no ballistic test data? This would probably be a better bullet if it spun like a propeller 😉


I’ll just stick with the FMJ’s and use all 7.

Old Curmudgeon

No handgun in a typical concealed carry configuration is a reliable “fight stopper”. Some are better than others, but in the words of an old soldier friend who carried scars from 3 different wars “My handgun is a tool to allow me to fight my way to my rifle”. Obviously we can’t carry a rifle concealed, so the next best thing is to carry a handgun in the largest caliber one can shoot with accuracy and speed. Opinions on this subject are just that for the most part. There are lots of different studies out there with just as many… Read more »


This might sting like hell if you’re wearing a t-shirt, but I doubt it would penetrate a heavy winter coat.

Dr. Strangelove

I’ll stick with Underwood 90 gr. GDHP rated at 1200 fps. BTW, does the G stand for gimmicky?

Anthony York Jr.

Fight stopper- .44 magnum, (and above), just ask Dirty Harry…

Pistol Pete

I am going to wait and read some reviews and some test results about this 380 ACP Round before I go shooting my mouth off.

HMLA-167 Warrior

You lost me when you claimed “major fight stopper.” Typical advertising mumbo-jumbo. Sometimes a .45 ACP isn’t a fight stopper, nor is the “full power 9mm,” nor at times the 5.56 rifle round.

And reading the “more accurate follow up shots (if necessary!)” was an “oh dear” moment.

Heed the Call-up

Yes, it sounds like it is great if you hit the abdomen, but if it expands so easily and quickly, and being so light a round, hitting the rib cage or any other bones, it is more likely not to penetrate and do minimal to no real damage, or maybe even just bounce off. I, agree, at pistol velocities, a light bullet such as that is not a good choice over the other rounds you mentioned (5.56, 9mm, and .45 ACP).

Matt in Oklahoma

I thought we already determined that the “RIP” round now apparently renamed the “Civic Duty” failed. The pedals broke off to quick and the retained mass didn’t penetrate deep enough to perform as promised.
At $2 a round this is ridiculous anyway.
If I’m wrong let me know and cite the shootings that it performed well in.