No easy task, Ammunition Product Manager Chris Laack said the team first asked themselves if they could make a bullet with excellent terminal performance that would work despite limited velocity potential in a short barrel. “The answer was yes,” said Lacck.

To accomplish this, lighter grain-weight G2 bullets were developed to maintain optimum velocity despite shorter barrels, and its hollow cavity was redesigned as a shallow dish with elastomer nose. Similar to the concept of Hornady’s Critical Duty/Defense round, the elastomer is forced down into the projectile upon impact, creating full expansion as the bullet’s petals peel-back, forming a large-diameter mushroom.

Like standard Gold Dot G2, CarryGun is regarded as “barrier blind.” Even when shot through barriers like plywood and steel, the bonded projectile and elastomer-filled cavity prevents the hollow point from caving in or being clogged.