It is common practice for tactical teams to carry shotguns for breaching. Though effective, shotguns make it mandatory for the end user to transition back to a rifle and can add weight and clutter to one’s loadout.
What if tactical teams could breach doors with a common battle rifle? Enter Dark Horse Ammunition from Ascendence International.
Dark Horse Ammunition has developed a 242 grain frangible .308 Winchester round that is optimal for breaching. Not only is the round good at shooting through locks and hinges, but it will also hold 1 to 1.5 MOA at 100 yards. Since the round is 242 grains, Ascendence recommends a 1:8 twist barrel.
Breaching with a rifle has a lot of advantages. Not only can an end user breach with their primary weapon, but they will also have a near full magazine after entry has been attained. A .308 Winchester battle rifle is a very accurate weapon and can also produce devastating wounds on enemy combatants. The representatives from Ascendance stated that with their round you could, “Fight to the target, into the target, through the target, and hit them running away.”
After we were shown the 242 grain .308 Winchester breaching round, the representatives showed us the rest of the frangible line from Dark Horse. The bullets composition is unique because it will turn into dust when shot as close as 6 inches, but will also group well at long distance. The representative stated that the 9mm ammunition would group just as well as its ball counterpart. The bullets are 100 percent lead-free, will not damage AR500 steel, and will increase barrel life due to the projectiles’ composition.
I personally shoot a lot of steel, and I am looking forward to this round coming to market. For tactical teams that fight in sensitive structures, I can see a place for this round. For civilians worried about over-penetration regarding home defense, you might want to look at this round.
These rounds are currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, 223 Remington, 308 Winchester and .300 Blackout. For more information, check out the Ascendance International website.