Dagny Dagger AP Ammo


Legally-unrestricted armor-penetrating handgun ammunition made open-source and DIY-friendly.

GOAL $ 30000



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 easily able to penetrate all soft body armor and perhaps some rifle-rated hard armor. This will allow citizens the first legal access to armor-penetrating bullets since 1986.

The projectiles are designed to be more readily home-manufactured than traditional AP ammo, and all research and data including Ghost Gunner code will be released open-source. 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 in soft, unarmored targets for multirole performance. Visit AtlasArms.org for more info.

Project Team

Austin Jones -- Aerospace Engineer
Cofounder of a "smart" protective sporting gear company, Austin has previous experience in start-up enterprise, application of experimental technology, and soft body “armor”. In addition, design work on micrometeoroid shielding for soft-bodied spacecraft has contributed to in-depth knowledge of the principals and technologies employed in textile-based ballistic protection. He’s an ethically-principled engineer who harbors love for Liberty, individual creation, his fellow man, and the spontaneity of life. Austin considers himself a follower of Christ by second birth and Okie by first, and after these, a citizen of Earth.

Mike Crumling -- Gunsmith
Mike is an independant gunsmith with an interest in homemade firearms. He made headlines and international news when he built structural cartridges for use in 3D-printed firearms, and has continued to design new models of 3D-printed and home-built weapons.

Lauren -- Scientist
Lauren is an astronomical data scientist whose professional work involves data processing and analysis to infer object properties and characteristics, a useful skill for informing design direction. She also fills a critical role as the company’s secretary.

George -- Materials Engineer
George is a mechanical materials engineer at a plant dealing in aerospace and medical components such as engines and prosthetics. Like these projectiles, such applications require very special compositions and properties for high-performance service in demanding conditions and restrictive environments. 

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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.

*We cannot send ammunition where illegal, and will not send to known violent persons. Atlas Arms reserves the right to deny ammunition to anyone we believe intends to initiate violence. No one involved in this project believes in offensive violence toward anyone and we condemn any victimizing crime committed by anyone with any weapon.

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Funding Favors

As a token of appreciation for supporting this effort, these favors are complimentary for sizable donations:

$20Special news and updates
You will be added to the Atlas Arms email list to receive special updates on the status of the project, in addition to receiving published research and code in advance of the general public.

$50Bullet keychain + $20 favor
Show others your support with an uncharged cartridge keychain sporting a non-traditional casing (special updates to come on this) and a one-of-a-kind bullet.

$100 → Priority Access* + $50 favor
Reserves a place in line to purchase box of the first open-market production run of 9mm Daggers, sure to be in more demand than we can satisfy. Don’t miss out!

$500Phone call (>10 minutes) + 5X $100 favor
Austin will call to thank you and converse on whatever you want for at least 10 minutes.

$1000Video call (>1 hour) + 10X $100 favor
A grand is a lot of money and deserves special recognition. You’ve got us on video for an hour. What would you like to discuss?

$5000Paid visit to see project development + negotiable other perks
We’ll fly you out, show you the operation, and enjoy a fillet at a fine local steakhouse.

**Payments made through Gun Dynamics are not directly tax deductable. If you would like to use the tax deduction please email us at dagny@atlasarms.org for a tax deductable receipt after you have made your pledge.

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