Specialty ammunition, that is, ammo utilizing a bullet of non-conventional design, in both 9mm and .45 ACP has been around for many years. But, unfortunately, while it seems to perform well on unprotected targets, most versions of it—Glasers, Pow’rBall, MagSafe, Guard Dog, et al.—have been criticized as being incapable of reliable penetration to vital organs before bullet upset occurs. Stories of them “blowing up” on heavy clothing, wallets, and even sternums and rib bones are common, and although some of them perform better than others, few of them shoot anywhere near point of aim, a concern of serious proportions. One exception to this general rule is the Terminal Shock bullet, produced by Dynamic Research Technologies, or DRT, for short. DRT’s bullet design retards bullet upset until it reaches vital organs, and then allows it to upset, a task heretofore considered impossible with such a frangible bullet. The result is an instantaneous shredding of vital organs, creating a massive amount of shock to the target’s central nervous system. In turn, such shock greatly increases how quickly the target is incapacitated. An added bonus is that the Terminal Shock bullet shoots to point of aim at 50 meters, the usual zero distance for service handguns. It also presents virtually no over-penetration or ricochet hazard, making it a win-win proposition all the way around. Actual field-testing on animals such as pigs, goats and large deer have shown the Terminal Shock bullet to perform as perfectly as it does in gelatin, something I’ve rarely seen with more conventional bullet designs. And last, but not least, DRT Terminal Shock ammo will cleanly penetrate windshields and automobile bodywork makes it a great choice, even for general-purpose functions. So, if, for example, an 85-grain DRT 9mm is compared to a conventional .45 ACP JHP that typically fails to expand, there is no question that the 9mm is equal or superior to the .45 ACP. However, DRT handgun ammo is offered in multiple calibers, including .45 ACP, so if we compare the performance of a 9mm DRT Terminal Shock to a .45 ACP DRT Terminal Shock, the massive destructive capability of the larger Terminal Shock bullet dwarfs that of the 9mm.
Right: The DRT 150-grain .45 ACP Terminal Shock is spectacular in ballistic gel and, like all other Terminal Shock loads, behaves exactly the same way in living targets. In virtually every instance in which they have been used on humans, the results with Terminal Shock ammo has been definitive. Even if a 9mm JHP that expands reliably can be found, it still would not come close to equaling the DRT Terminal Shock .45 ACP.