Liberty Ammunition ‘Halo Point’ Civil Defense .40 S&W Gel Test

by Max Slowik, Guns.com  |  published on February 22, 2013

Liberty Ammunition makes a radical and different type of lead-free frangible ammunition. It’s designed to break apart on impact, but unlike the majority of frangible ammo, it’s designed to be a no-compromises self-defense load, promising deep penetration in addition to fragmentation.

It’s been around for about a year under the name “Halo Point Civil Defense,” a play on words and high-velocity trade dress lawsuit in the waiting.

While the ammo is original, the packaging was not. The company took liberty of Microsoft’s “Halo” video game franchise artwork, including the font style for the product name. Liberty Ammunition voluntarily surrendered their trademark for Halo Points late last year, although it’s possible to find some boxes of the original ammo here and there.

It is not out of production, of course. Liberty Ammunition continues to manufacture the stuff under the short name “Civil Defense” ammunition, and despite missing the Master Chief’s unofficial blessing, remains the same.

What makes Halo Point — that is to say Civil Defense — ammo different is that this stuff is hot. Their .40 S&W load uses a 60-grain bullet that promises velocities over 2,000 feet per second; rifle speeds from a handgun.

At the speeds they travel, Civil Defense bullets don’t exactly stabilize. They’re not terrifically accurate, although Liberty Ammunition claims two-inch groups are possible at 25 yards; they lose speed quickly and are only rated effective out to 25 yards.

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