There were plenty of surprises from SHOT Show this year, but perhaps one of the most unexpected was the reveal of a new line of expanding and fragmenting slugs from OATH Ammo. The segmented slugs look like something out of science fiction, and OATH boldly states that they’ve solved the age-old problem of over-penetration from traditional 12 gauge slugs.

According to alloutdoor.com, OATH is offering a 1.25-ounce all-copper expanding slug and a 2.25-ounce all-brass frangible slug. Both include a copper or aluminum die visible in the center of the projectile. The all-copper slug is estimated to have a velocity of 1,600 fps and can expand up to 2.5 inches on impact—about the size of a fist. The heavier fragmenting slug is a bit slower at 1,200 fps, but will break up into a half-dozen 158-grain shards upon impact. Both of the projectiles seem to have been designed with power in mind and OATH states that the slugs can be used for both self-defense and stopping large, dangerous game.

What do you think? Is this something you would like to try out? If you said yes, you won’t be the only one. The new slugs apparently generated so much attention, it temporarily crashed OATH Ammo’s website.

“Due to the overwhelming demand on the two 12 gauge articles and ShotShow reveal our website could not handle the bandwidth,” OATH wrote on Facebook. “We are currently working on resolving the issue. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

As of Tuesday, the website is back up but only in a limited capacity. The company expects to start selling the new slugs later this month or early in February.

OATH Ammo's new fragmenting slug.
OATH Ammo’s new fragmenting slug. Image from Imgur.

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  • Ted I Lewis

    Bet this will do as it states. And I do want some of them! But, I have a feeling that they are going to cost a arm and a leg! And is the cases shown brass! Damn! Save cases and melt down and make your own brass bullets! Hell, it’s a idea.

  • Snug

    The cartridge shown looks like a close-up photograph of a Colt .45 . The design shows great promise in shotgun slugs , with the future possibilities of a derived design used in large caliber hand guns . The potential is fascinating ; the velocity range is similar , the main problem would be one of achieving similar results in a smaller diameter . The increase in stopping power on dangerous game could be tremendous .

  • Anybody have any videos of them being shot. Specifically through ballistic gel or perhaps a pig? Im curious to see what they would actually do.