Posted June 22, 2020 3:39 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

Speer took the famous Gold Dot G2 bullet and customized it to function in short-barreled defensive pistols– the Gold Dot CarryGun series. (Photos: Speer)
Idaho-based Speer  last week introduced a new series of G2 Gold Dot loads specifically optimized for short-barreled or backup-sized pistols.
The first three new Gold Dot CarryGun offerings will include a 135-grain 9mm G2 HP, a 165-grain .40 S&W load, and a 200-grain .45 Auto +P. For those familiar with Speer’s other offerings, the CarryGun loads use lighter bullets than are typically found in the Gold Dot line. For instance, the typical G2 Gold Dot in 9mm is a 147-grain bullet while the .40 is a 180-grain pill and the usual .45 weighs in at 230-grains.
The lighter bullets on the CarryGun loads, which can produce higher velocities than the heavier ones in a small barrel, are designed to provide reliable expansion and barrier penetration from today’s increasingly popular sub- and micro-compact pistols.
“Most shooters believe that a defensive bullet—any defensive bullet—will perform well in typical self-defense situations,” said Federal Handgun Ammunition Product Manager Chris Laack. “But a duty bullet that is designed and optimized for a full-sized duty handgun may not perform to the same standard when shot from


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