Glaser Safety Slug

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Artist's depiction of the inside of the Glaser Safety Slug.

Glaser Safety Slug is a frangible bullet made by Cor-Bon/Glaser, a subsidiary of Dakota Ammo, an American ammunition company based in Sturgis, South Dakota. The Glaser Safety Slug was developed by Jack Canon in 1975, the same year the company was founded by Armin Glaser.

History[edit]

The original round was a hand-made hollow point bullet filled with No. 12 birdshot (0.05") with a flat polymer cap.[1][2] To improve ballistic performance, a polymer-tipped round ball was introduced in 1987, and the current compressed core form was first sold in 1988. The formulation of the polymer was also changed in 1994 to improve fragmentation reliability.[3]

Performance[edit]

The company produces bullets in calibers from .25 to .45 for pistols and from .223 to .30-06 for rifles. Each caliber comes in two forms, "blue" and "silver", the latter having greater penetrating power due to the use of no. 6 birdshot rather than no. 12.

The projectile in the cartridge is of a lighter weight than more conventional types of cartridges and so the projectiles exit the bore at significantly higher muzzle velocities. The current bullet has a stable core of compressed lead shot. On impact, the bullet fractures along manufactured stress lines in the jacket—imparting all the bullet's energy very quickly rather than over-penetrating a target or ricocheting on a miss. The light weight and fragility of the projectile make it unsuitable for long-range firing or against protected targets[citation needed].

The bullet design can produce deep wounds[4] while failing to pass through structural barriers thicker than drywall or sheet metal.[5][6] These qualities make it less likely to strike unintended targets, such as people in another room during an indoor shooting. Also, when it strikes a hard surface from which a solid bullet would glance off, it fragments into tiny, light pieces[citation needed] and creates much less ricochet danger.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warner, Ken (1986). Gun Digest: 1987 Annual Edition. DBI Books. pp. 38–43.
  2. ^ "Frangible Ammunition". GlobalSafety.org. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ Ordorica, Ray (1996). Handguns 97. Krause Publications. p. 146.
  4. ^ de Roux SJ1; Prendergast NC; Tamburri R. (January 2001). "Wounding characteristics of glaser safety ammunition: a report of three cases". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 46 (1): 60–64. PMID 11210904.
  5. ^ Jones A.M.; Reyna M. Jr.; Sperry K.; Hock D. (November 1987). "Suicidal Contact Gunshot Wounds to the Head with .38 Special Glaser Safety Slug Ammunition". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 32 (6): 1604–1621. doi:10.1520/JFS11220J. PMID 3430131. Paper ID: JFS11220J.
  6. ^ Itabashi, Hideo H. (2007). Forensic neuropathology: a practical review of the fundamentals. Amsterdam; Boston: Academic Press. pp. 221–239. ISBN 978-0-12-058527-4. OCLC 84612004.

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