Posted On: 10/4/11
A: Speer's Gold Dot ammunition is a great self-defense load. Gold Dot is especially designed to achieve deep penetration. The bullets loaded into Gold Dot ammunition undergo a bonding process which bonds the copper jacket at a molecular level to the lead core. This eliminates core/jacket separation and is the reason that so many police departments use Gold Dot ammo as their duty round. The bonded bullet is great for achieving deep penetration. Gold Dot ammo performs great in the FBI test protocols achieving the desired 12-18" of penetration through various barriers such as glass at a compound angle, heavy clothing, etc. If using for home-defense you need to evaluate your particular home's layout and your concern for penetrating through Sheetrock. If this is a concern a cartridge such as Federal's Guard Dog would be better for this application as it is designed not to go through so many layers of Sheetrock while still achieving great expansion to stop a threat.