DAGNY DAGGER

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 (yes, it is possible). This will allow citizens the first legal access to armor-penetrating ammunition since 1986.
The projectiles are intended to be more readily home-manufactured than traditional AP ammo, and all research and data including Ghost Gunner code will be released open-source, free and available to the public. Projectile development for the 9mm Luger variant is nearing completion with future plans for Dagny Dagger loadings in 10mm, .40SW, 5.56, .300BLK, .308, and possibly 5.7.
The Dagger also debuts APHP (Armor-Penetrating Hollow Point) bullets, a novel projectile design which boasts superior armor penetration while expanding and fragmenting on soft, unarmored targets for multirole performance.

Motivation

In the mid-1980's, the United States federal government passed legislation to kill general availability of a few technologies critical to a well-regulated militia, while exempting government personnel. One of these technologies is "armor piercing ammunition". Such property restriction is ethically unacceptable and even illegal by this federal government's own charter document, and the explicit wisdom and wishes of the nation's founders. But we will reclaim the forbidden fire, by outflanking the regulators' definitions and imaginations.

We at Atlas Arms recognize the most revered principle of justice, equality under the law, which in turn recognizes no authority for any government to deny to its constituents any rights reserved for its own agents.

Legality

The definition of "armor piercing ammunition" established by the prohibiting legislation is any projectile or projectile core which is characterized by either of two criteria:

     1. Composition entirely of tungsten alloys, iron alloys, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium

     2. A full jacket which comprises more than a quarter of total projectile mass

While manufacturing or importing "armor piercing ammunition" remains illegal, the Dagny Dagger escapes these criteria by use of obscure alloys. 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.

Features

Notably novel in design and approach, both project and projectile boast an impressive pedigree of unique and innovative methods, features, and abilities. Grouped in order of completion (for 9mm) and struck-through when accomplished:

Federally Legal

IIIA Soft Penetration

APHP Multirole Bullet

IIIA+ Soft Penetration

IIIA Plate Penetration

Published Loading Data

Published Manufacturing Specs

Ghost Gunner Code

Ghost Gunner Code

III Plate Penetration

$2/rnd

Additional Calibers

AestheticPrototype

Logistics - We Need Your Donation!

At project launch, development of the 9mm variant of the Dagger was estimated to cost $30k, including prototyping, testing equipment and materials, and legal counsel, with an additional $30k to develop mass-manufacturing methods and equipment for a manufacturing operation to fill demand and fund continuing research and development efforts. To deliver on our goals as soon as possible, a couple of our team generously donated the initial $30k at considerable personal burden. This was enough in addition to only $3K of the crowdfunds yet raised to bring the cartridge to its current state of development, near-completion. 

Now we need your help to meet the rest of the $30k crowdfunding goal to help us place the Dagger into your hands and those of the general public. This will fund the development of tools and software to enable simple DIY manufacture and industrial equipment to fill commercial demand. The Dagny Dagger is real and increasingly performs as promised. Now we need to make it available.

To raise these funds, a crowdfunding campaign is hosted at GunDynamics.com where you can donate via credit card (click here for BTC). Your donation is vital to the project, ensuring we can stay independent and place publication above profit. We are honored by your faith in us to deliver on our claims.

Atlas Arms cannot accept preorders, but tokens of our appreciation are available for significant donations.

FAQs

Q: Are you looking for investment partners?
A: Yes, we now welcome prospective investors who may may offer additional value to the effort, and demonstrate support and faith in the project by significant donation. While donations drive development of the cartridge and commercial and DIY manufacturing methods, commercial production will require substantially more capital. 

 

Q: Can I help the project in addition to funding and spreading the word?
A: Possibly. Atlas Arms could use some more like-minded, principled professionals at low or no cost to improve and hasten development of this and other projects. Email us.

 

Q: Is this legal?
A: Yes. We are in contact with the ATF and have retained a well-respected firearms attorney for compliance confirmation. No federal law restricts the manufacture and sale of ammunition of this form.

 

Q: What if the federal government bans this AP ammo also?
A:  Just watch and see. We are innovators. 

 

Q: What about the safety of X?
A:  Simplistically, for {−∞<X<∞}, Liberty(x)>Security(X). If you would like more nuance than this, check-out some of the plentiful reporting and podcasts published featuring our work.

 

Q: When do you expect to be finished with research and development?
A: Projectile development is slated for completion in early 2021. Manufacturing process development (DIY and commercial) should be complete six months after the campaign is fully-funded.

 

Q: Where can I buy this ammo?
A:  You can’t yet. But you can donate to help us commercialize faster so that you can. Donors of at least $100 will receive advanced access.

 

Q: How much will the ammunition cost?
A: Eventually, costs will be comparable to high-grade defensive or match ammunition, around $2/loaded cartridge after some market scaling. Initially, consumers may expect less than $3/cartridge. Obviously, home manufacture can reduce these costs, and we may offer a cheaper, lower-tier option.

 

Q: Will you make a .45ACP Dagny Dagger?
A: No. It's an under-pressured, fat, obsolete cartridge too slow to defeat armor well, even in our APHP design. We do look forward to a 10mm loading for those who like it big. However, we have been asked to reconsider, so if you also would like to see the Dagny Dagger in .45ACP despite the inherent limitations of the cartridge, please send us an email and make your case.

 

Q: Where do the company and project names come from?
A: A long, beautiful, and romantic classic novel Atlas Shrugged, and the main heroine, Dagny Taggart. Read it.

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