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Liberty Ammunition Receives Perfect Score on NTOA Test

January 10, 2014  | 

Liberty Ammunition, manufacturer of high-performance, lead-free ammunition for military and law enforcement markets, has announced that its Civil Defense 9mm personal defense round has received the highest score from the National Tactical Officers Association Members Tested and Recommended Program. Because ist Civil Defense 9mm scored a 5, Liberty Ammunition has the privilege of displaying the prestigious gold NTOA Member Tested and Recommended Logo in its marketing materials.

Liberty’s Civil Defense 9mm round has twice the effective range of standard ammo and has up to 16% less felt recoil. The testing officer said of the recoil, "I was astonished at the light recoil in my Glock 17. Despite being light, it cycled flawlessly."

With a 50-grain weight and a velocity of 2,000 FPS (kinetic energy at >450 FPE), Liberty Ammo Civil Defense 9mm rounds have an accuracy rate of under 2-inches at 50 meters. "The rounds were also very accurate. At 25 yards, you can definitely tell they are flying faster by the reduction of trigger press to the ring of steel," the testing officer wrote.

"Collectively, I was very impressed with the accuracy and cycling of the ammunition," the testing officer added. "It is very easy to shoot accurately. I believe that lead-free bullets and ammunition are the future and as bullet technology advances; it's only going to get better. Liberty Ammunition is certainly in the forefront of that movement."

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Comments (12)

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claywatson @ 1/13/2014 11:20 PM

No recoil with a flyweight 50-grain 9mm? Duh. Many agencies switching back to the 9mm from the .40, because their people can't qualify with the hard-shooting .40. They say no need for a .40 now, with decades of improvement in 9mm ammo. But all reviews I've read is that unless you get a 9mm with a 185-grain bullet and +P velocity -- which makes it almost a .40 -- why not learn to handle a .40 anyway? YES I KNOW, shot placement not caliber is what counts.

Boston @ 1/14/2014 6:04 AM

The big problem is most people do not shoot enough to get comfortable with one of their most important tools. If your not shooting weekly to master the firearm you will not improve. Practice is the key. Find a IDPA match and shoot one season you will improve your shooting skills by 50%. A .40cal. in some peoples hands is just that a handful. If you attend IDPA or USPSA matches the younger generations shoot 9 and 40 cal. The older (smart) guys shoot 45acp. Another problem is department regulations. Firearms manufacturers finally started to listen to shooters about gun fit. Back straps and grips are now interchangeable to fit the weapon to the shooters hand.

Brian @ 1/14/2014 7:54 AM

50-grain? Will it penetrate deep enough to stop the fight? Our department requires 128 or 147-grain in the 9mm which slows it way down but penetrates. I say bring back the 10mm...

claywatson @ 1/14/2014 12:33 PM

Thank you for setting me straight, Brian. It is 147-grain in the 9, 180-grain for .40s. Bring back the TEN?! Would be awesome if the 10mm could shoot .40s, like .357s chamber .38s and 44mags chamber Specials.

James @ 2/12/2014 11:17 AM

So just wanted to drop in my two cents.. Ive been selling the Civilian version of the civil defense round since early last year. This round is very very impressive. As far as penetration ive seen it in an fbi gel block test penetrate upwards of 12 inches. While still causing a nasty 5 in expansion upon first inch of penetration. Even through 3a armor this round nearly went through the vest. The Clay model behind the vest had a hole larger then a golf ball in it. Even though the vest stopped the round. This round is the future and im proud to stock this product on my shelves.

Dan @ 3/19/2014 7:07 AM

I myself saw the videos and decided to do my own ballistics gel test. So we ( included are a dozen old retired military and law enforcement ) went to the range. Every single one of our group was in agreement afterwards. We all now use this ammo and since it got it on sale I bought 5 more boxes ( Florida gun exchange had it for $20 a box)

Dave @ 5/3/2014 3:27 PM

just picked up a box for my 45s, and I was just wondering does it cycle ok in the 1911s both 5 barrel and officer 3 inch barrel ?????

KKG @ 6/21/2014 9:27 AM

I'll admit I just recently found the Liberty ammo because most all of the Manufacturers just weren't producing their high grade Defense ammo. I have been using Federal HydraShok for many years and have found it to perform well when needed. I recently was called on to "Dispatch" an injured Deer. The head was buried in blackberry bushes and the hind legs were thrashing wildly. Both front legs had been broken in the collision. All I was carrying was my Detonics .45ACP which I had loaded with the Liberty ammo. Since my Detonics doesn't have any sights I simply pointed it behind the left front leg and fired the shot. All movement stopped as soon as the shot hit the animal - Impressive! Not bad for a pistol with a 3.5 inch barrel.

I have had to use the Federal ammo on a number of occasions and I have always needed to make it a head shot to do the job with a single round.

KKG @ 6/21/2014 1:16 PM

Dave 5/3/14 & et al; After I got my first boxes of the .45ACP ammo I took it to the Range and put some rounds through the above mentioned Detonics .45, a Colt 1911A1 MK-4 Series 70(highly customized), a Glock G-21 and 2 S&W Revolvers. All functioned flawlessly including the Revolvers both with and without Moon Clips on the cartridges.

ricolib @ 8/1/2015 10:01 AM

How many cups does this round produce? does it have to be used in all steel guns?

ricolib @ 8/1/2015 10:03 AM

is this bullet similar to a federal 9mm +p+ ?

Darrin @ 6/20/2018 1:42 PM

Fires flawlessly through polymer guns, I use this ammunition exclusively at all of my carry firearms... everyone in my private security group and my Church Security Group carries this ammunition, less likely to over penetrate and have tested it against level 3 armor it penetrated 3 out of 3 shots going 6 in into gelatin after penetration

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