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Testing the Remington Golden Saber Black Belt 9mm at the range

Testing the Remington Golden Saber Black Belt 9mm at the range. (TheFireArmGuy/YouTube)

At Shot Show 2018, Remington launched its new line of “Black Belt” self defense ammunition. The Black Belt, or what Remington refers to as a MechaniLokt Belt, uses a metal band around the bullet to prevent separation from the jacketed hollow-point from the lead core. Upon impact, the hollow point pedals will expand to the Black Belt, resulting in maximum expansion and deep penetration. Remington is making this self defense ammunition in a variety of different calibers.

The Golden Saber Black Belt uses a 124 grain 9mm bullet, a nickel-plated case and low flash powders, which result in decreased muzzle flash that prevents giving away the shooter’s position in a dark environment. Low muzzle flash also prevents the shooter from temporary blindness when shooting at night. Those who have experienced shooting at night understand this to be a serious issue.

Before performing a penetration test, I felt it was important to be assured that Remington Golden Saber Black Belt 9mm ammunition would feed, fire and eject from several different handguns. I used a full-size Bersa TPR 9, a Kahr P9 (my personal carry gun), a sub -compact Kahr PM9 and a Remington RP9. Step one was completed with 100-percent reliability with each of these pistols, as demonstrated on the video.

For the range test, I packed a bunch of thick modeling clay into some coffee cans to check out the expansion and penetration. I then backed up to seven yards while using the Remington RP9 and shot dead-center into the clay. Upon initial impact, the strike and expansion were clearly evident by the size of the hole in the clay. The main question I wondered was, how deep did it penetrate? The bullet was recovered after digging 12 inches into the clay.

Check out the video below and let us know if the Remington Golden Saber Black Belt 9mm is a self defense round you are interested in.