One Shot, Five Wounds: Multiple Projectile Ammo

What is better than one .44 Magnum bullet? How about five of them, all delivered with one pull of the trigger? Yeah, that is what we thought. More is always better.

Ammunition innovators, Lehigh Defense have developed a pistol round that fires multiple projectiles with one pull of the trigger. Their thinking is that one wound channel is great, but five is fantastic and since the bullets spread out it makes hitting your target in a high-stress situation easier.

Here is the description of the Multiple Projectile Ammunition from Lehigh’s website.

Multiple Projectile Technology focuses on our belief that multiple wound trails are better than one (the FBI testifies to this in their Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness Training Manual.  It offers users the benefit of multiple projectiles from a single cartridge through the careful machining of solid copper or brass bullets designed for controlled dispersion. 

The incorporation of nesting cones allows us to create large frontal diameters, improving terminal performance while increasing the number of projectiles a cartridge can hold.  This offers significant improvements over other design concepts using soft lead balls and washers.

Multiple Projectile ammunition provides a significant advantage in high-stress shooting situations where control is limited or shooter experience may be in question.  The fact that a single shot spreads out as it approaches its target statistically improves your chances of effectively eliminating the threat in your environment.

Lehigh Defense

The Multiple projectile Ammunition is available in .44 Magnum, .44 Special, and .45 Long Colt and is marketed for personal defense.

The Firearms Blog did a review of the ammunition and came away with mixed results. The ammunition performed as advertised when it came to spread and recoil but lacked penetration.

Photo Credit: The Firearms Blog

Spread:

The advertised spread:

  • 15 ft: “Five wounds in a 2×3 inch grouping”
  • 25ft: “Five wounds in a 4×4 inch grouping”
  • 35ft: “Five shots in a 5×7 inch grouping”

The Firearms Blog results were as follows:

  • 5 yards:  1.4″ group, 4 projectiles within .73 with one outlier.
  • 10 Yards:  6″ group (one round off target top left), 4 projectiles within 1.8″ with one outlier.
  • 15 Yards: 10″ group, pretty even spread between projectiles
Top: 5 Yards Middle: 10 Yards Bottom: 15 Yards

Overall they felt the spreads was pretty consistent and close to what was advertised.

Recoil:

The tester from the firearms Blog stated that he did not even think he was shooting a .44 magnum, because the recoil was so lite. Which is not surprising because the round is only half the muzzle velocity of a standard round.

Penetration:

Penetration was defiantly lacking. The round barely left a dent into the steel plate that The Firearms Blog shot at. They stated that:

Shooting the rounds at steel plates at a distance of 10 yards also yielded some interesting results.   I fired a round at an 8″ steel plate on a Texas Star array.  To drive home how slow and soft-hitting these rounds are, I watched the main round softly blip off the plate and land directly in front of it, on the wooden railroad tie that was weighing down the target.  The impact did not even knock the plate off the star… This leads one to conclude that minimal energy transfer took place, apart from the main projectile.  I also came away with serious doubts as to the ability of the segments to penetrate heavy clothing or tissue.

The Firearms Blog

Conclusion:

While the round is pretty cool and the concept is sound the round seems to lack in the one place it is supposed to preform, knocking down the bad guy. This round may need to go back to the drawing board. Maybe take out one of the projectiles and add a little more propellent.