As previously posted, the new Remington Golden Saber Black Belt ammo was announced at the 2013 SHOT Show. Since the original article, I have obtained additional information on the ammunition.
The initial calibers the Black Belt ammunuition will be loaded for are 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .357 SIG and .380 ACP. This pretty much covers all of the popular self defense and law enforcement calibers on the market. Several of these calibers have multiple loads available (more on those below.)
The Black Belt is named for the distinct black Mechani-Lokt belt used by Remington to lock the jacket and core together. This is a mechanical process that gives the bullet an hourglass shape. The Mechani-Lokt pulls the jacket into the lead core much like a tight corset would pull in a woman’s waist for a similar hourglass figure.
This band prevents jacket separation which is a much demonized issue. In the theory espoused by many, if the jacket and bullet stay together, stopping power is increased. While I don’t think this factor alone means much, there is no doubt a heavy bias by many in the law enforcement and self defense communities toward “bonded” bullets. So, if you are in the market of selling ammunition, you have to come up with a process of preventing jacket separation.
Like the original Golden Saber bullets, the Black Belt bullets use a brass jacket, not a copper jacket. Also, the nose of the hollow point has spiral cuts, which Remington states creates “…reliable and predictable expansion through clogging barriers such as wall board and heavy clothing.”
The cases are nickel-plated, which is supposed to reduce corrosion. The ammunition uses a reduced flash propellant and an optimized primer that is also supposed to help reduce muzzle flash.
The Remington Golden Saber Black Belt ammo will be available in both 25 and 50 round packages.