The start-up firm Atlas Arms is working on an all-new, different kind of ammo that combines hollow point fragmentation and expansion along with a level of barrier-blindness capable of defeating some kinds of modern armor.
Called the “Dagny Dagger,” the first round in development will be for 9mm Luger handguns and carbines. What makes the Dagger round so special is that it does not qualify as “armor-piercing” ammo, and it isn’t subject to many of those regulations in the U.S.
Atlas Arms achieves this by using alloys and components that would otherwise make it “armor piercing” by those standards. The Dagger has a open-tipped jacket that fragments and expands on impact with a solid core for deep penetration.
The Dagny Dagger was fully crowd-sourced for initial development and will be open-sourced, including Ghost Gunner code, for all ammo makers to use. It’s also a simple design that can be “home-manufactured” by shooting enthusiasts, hobby reloaders, and the like.
“The first Atlas Arms concept in development, the Dagny Dagger project is developing a new type of legally-unrestricted handgun ammunition which in 9mm Luger is able to penetrate all soft armor and perhaps some rifle-rated hard armor,” said Atlas Arms. “This will allow citizens the first legal access to armor-penetrating ammunition since 1986.”
The Atlas team plans to develop Dagger projectiles for other cartridges as well, including .40 S&W, 10mm Auto, 5.56 NATO, .300 AAC Blackout and .308 Winchester. They believe 5.7x28mm may be possible, but probably not slower, heavier cartridges like .45 ACP, although they aren’t completely ruling it out.
“While manufacturing or importing ‘armor-piercing ammunition’ remains illegal, the Dagny Dagger escapes these criteria by use of obscure alloys,” they said. “To ensure federal legality, we have retained a well-respected firearms attorney. Local laws vary, but the Dagger is legal for individuals to manufacture and possess in most of the 50 states.”
The Atlas Arms team has met and exceeded the amount of fundraising needed for the “initial prototyping, testing equipment and materials, and legal counsel,” as well as “mass-manufacturing methods and equipment for a manufacturing operation to fill demand and fund continuing research and development efforts.”
They are continuing to accept donations from private backers and anyone willing to part with $100 or more will get advanced access to the first batch of production ammo. Pricing is expected to start around $2 to $3 per round, less for loaders, with availability hopefully in six months, early- to mid-2021.
For more information about the Dagny Dagger, Atlas Arms and a chance to get in line for the initial release, head over to Gun Dynamics, the crowd-sourcing page.