In 2018, Remington decided to bring their newest ammunition design to the market and make it available to civilians. The Black Belt ammunition is not a bonded bullet like the Speer Gold Dot, but it does incorporate a thick metal band/BELT around the projectile. The black belt is designed to prevent jacket separation, which was a common criticism of the older Golden Saber bullets.
The Black Belt ammunition was released a while ago to Law Enforcement, but only in 9mm 124+P. Now, Remington is releasing this Black Belt ammunition in 124gr and 124gr+P 9mm, 180gr .40 S&W, and 230gr .45 ACP.
The 9mm 124+P was the ammunition used to display the capabilities of the Black Belt line, at SHOT show. Through almost all barriers, the 124gr+P ammunition performed to the FBI specifications of 14-16 inches of penetration. For my own extreme preferences, I like to stick with ammunition that performs as close as possible to the maximum of 18 inches of penetration. This does not mean that 14 inches is not enough to get the job done. It merely means that I like to have ammunition that penetrates deep while also expanding a good amount. The Golden Saber ammunition has a reputation for this type of performance, which is why it is my preferred ammunition. Personally, I think the standard pressure 124 would suit my needs really well out of a 4″ barrel. But, I am curious to see what the performance is like with the other calibers as well.
I am happy to see Remington upgrade their Golden Saber line of ammunition. It is not outdated by a long shot, in my opinion, but it was developed before performance through barriers became standard in ammunition development. I think this is actually a testament to the effectiveness of the Golden Saber design when you consider that the bullet only needs a metal band around the jacket in order to perform well through barriers. I can’t wait to get my hands on this ammunition and test it myself.