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SlapShot Saber and Other Stuff

SlapShot USA's Saber ammunition uses a fast moving two stage projectile. Like the Razor, the Saber delivers its energy in two stages. Stage one is the rapid transfer of energy into the target and stage two is the release of the Interchangeable Component (IC) which continues into the target creating a secondary wound channel. So what is the difference between the Razor and the Saber?

The most obvious difference between the projectiles is the blunt nose of the Saber and the Saber load gives slightly higher velocity. Both the Razor and the Saber are capable of "live adaptation." Like the Razor, the Saber is fitted with the .25 caliber 41 grain IC. The slug used in the Saber is designed to create a more acute pressure wave than the Razor upon impact. The more acute pressure wave facilitates increased remote wounding and will cause a larger debris blast when impacting dry wall and wood. Both are intended for use at defensive and professional service distances. 

 Debris Blast Video


To learn more about two stage projectiles, capability, and Live Adaptation... read on....



The Two Stage Projectile and The Interchangeable Component.

SlapShot USA uses a range of materials with known mechanical characteristics. This enables us to mechanically adapt how the projectile reacts upon impact. If increased penetration is wanted, a key feature is the Interchangeable Component (IC). Seen above as the spear tipped component protruding from the black Core Projectile Module (CPM). Upon impact the IC releases and continues to penetrate into or through the target. The IC also slows the rate the CPM fractures. The reason we call the insert the Interchangeable Component is because it can be used in different Core Projectile Module designs as with the Razor and Saber ammunition. For manufacturers and reloaders this enables design flexibility and the ability to carry a smaller inventory while accommodating a greater variety of projectiles.

SlapShot USA calls the black component a Core Projectile Module (CPM), because it is adaptable to different purposes and is functionally the core of the technology. The use of the word "core" does not mean innermost part like the lead core of a jacketed bullet. In SlapShot technology the use of the word "core" means it is functionally central to the performance of the projectile. Its unique properties enable rapid acceleration, high velocity, and rapid energy propagation (energy dump). The CPM can function as a complete projectile or its performance can be altered through use of the Interchangeable Component. 


These pictures show some of the components of a two stage projectile. This type of Mechanically Adaptable Projectile is primarily intended to be assembled during manufacture and remain assembled until impact on a target. However, it is also capable of "live adaptation". The MAPX is more suited for "live adaptation" due to some specific design characteristics, but both are Mechanically Adaptable Projectiles. 

 MAPX Live Adaptability


Let's Talk About Capability

 After 30 years of law enforcement and having survived my own gun fights, fist fights, and in depth investigations into my tactics and choices I have learned some things about tactics and capability. Most importantly, that they are not the same thing. I carried an EMD on my belt for decades and used it once. I learned the capability and trained with the capability and eventually I applied the capability. Had I not had the capability it could not have been applied. With experience you learn that capability does not dictate tactics, it just provides options. So this entire paragraph is dedicated to preventing the misguided conflation of the two completely different concepts. The question of why or when is a tactical question. How and what is a capability question. Live adaptation is a capability.

What is live adaptation?

This capability enables users to alter how the projectile performs. These adaptations can happen when manufacturing ammunition, which is an advantage for manufacturers and reloaders, but is not live adaptation. Live adaptation is when the ammunition is altered to address an actual circumstance, planned or otherwise, with intent to use on an actual live situation. In my mind these live situations will most often involve professional services.

It may be your default setting to have the projectile optimized so it dumps its energy at the maximum rate upon impact. This reduces the risk of over penetration through sheet rock for example. It is a simple matter to alter the ammunition so the projectile blasts right through sheet rock if that is desired. If you are planning a mission and you make those alterations in conjunction with that mission then that is "live adaptation." The fact is, the capability does not change whether you are in pre-mission prep, a lull in the combat interval or ducking and eating dirt. In my experience the latter is a heck of a time to be messing with equipment, but that is a tactical choice.

Tactical = when and Capability = how

Those experienced with ammunition and understanding internal ballistics ask about changing mass and the impact on pressure. Simply put, If a load can safely fire a 200 grain projectile, that same load can safely fire a 100 grain projectile. There is more to achieving good performance than this simple fact, but that is the ballistic principle. When SlapShot USA provides our technology for loaders we will provide a base formula for each classification of ammunition. With that basic formula the standard rules of loading apply. Small changes and starting with small charges especially if you choose to move away from the basic load data provided by SlapShot USA.

There are basic quick live adaptations. Changing the projectile from a one stage projectile to a two stage projectile is easy and will alter terminal ballistics and make it much more effective for defeating ballistic panels or glass for example. It may be an active shooter in a school and the user has no idea where the shooter or the students are so the user may opt for the highest level of protection against over penetration with maximum hydrostatic reaction so the operator may choose to leave the projectile as a one stage projectile.

Again! it is nice to have the capability to make the changes. This capability is added to the fact that the ammunition is very effective at personal defense and professional service applications. You can get it, set it and leave it. Whether you take advantage of live adaptation capability or not, SlapShot ammunition is still your best choice. Over the decades I have designed weapon systems, tactical training, and capability training. I have trained police, soldiers, airmen, and marines. More importantly I have taken the weapons and training into hostile encounters and saved lives. As they say, leave it to the pros, that is who we are at SlapShot, USA.

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