Lightfield Calls It "Devastating Deer Performance"
Lightfield Ammunition Corporation specializes in manufacturing the hardest hitting, most accurate saboted slugs available to today's hunters for use in their rifled shotgun barrels. The various slugs that make up the Lightfield product line utilize two distinctly innovative designs, each design functioning similarly to the other to produce superior accuracy even at extended ranges.
During that all-important split second immediately after a slug is fired and prior to its exiting the barrel, each design ensures that maximum spin is imparted to the locked sabot/slug assembly. Once free of the gun barrel the designs produce incredible projectile stability through both the supersonic and especially the subsonic phases of the slug's flight. Maximized projectile spin rate and flight stability are the most important factors when incomparable consistency and accuracy are the goals.
The Technology Behind the Design Did you know that same-gauge shotgun bore sizes vary significantly from barrel to barrel and manufacturer to manufacturer? Because of this bore size problem, it is virtually impossible to shoot accurate groups using typical slugs, especially at longer distances. The Lightfield slug eliminates the inherent inaccuracy associated with this bore size variation limitation through its innovative design. When fired, the pressure build-up behind the projectile forces the locked slug/sabot assembly to expand to the actual full bore size of all shotgun barrels regardless of the manufacturer. Once expanded, the locked sabot/slug assembly takes full advantage of the barrel rifling, maximizes spin and ensures an incredibly accurate flight path.
The Lightfield Hybred EXP Design
The Lightfield Hybred EXP (Maximum Expansion) cartridge has a two-sided sabot that keys to four tabs on the slug itself. When the shell is fired the pressure pushes the wad forward, locking the slug and sabot together, and forces the locked sabot/slug assembly to expand to the full barrel diameter and spin together as one unit Just like a badminton birdie the lighter wad or 'shuttlecock' stays attached to the slug while in flight, giving the projectile stability while supersonic and prevents shockwave deflection when the projectile becomes subsonic Upon impact the maximum expansion of the soft lead slug (essentially a .62 caliber bullet) produces devastatingly lethal results. The Lightfield Hybred EXP is "The Standard by Which Other Slugs are Judged.".
The Lightfield Commander IDS Design
The Lightfield Commander IDS (Impact Discarding Sabot) cartridge has a sabot with four grooves on the inside
When the shell is fired the pressure causes lead from the slug to expand into these grooves, effectively locking the slug and sabot together, and forces the locked sabot/slug assembly to expand to the full barrel diameter and spin together as one unit The Lightfield IDS stays together as one projectile while in flight and, just like a badminton birdie, the lighter sabot gives the projectile stability while supersonic and prevents shockwave deflection when the projectile becomes subsonic.
Upon impact, the soft lead actually mushrooms out of the top of the slug, producing controlled expansion. When you hit a big game animal with what is essentially a .73 caliber bullet, the results are devastatingly lethal.
Lightfield was first formed in the early nineteen eighties to design and manufacture special sabot ammunition for the Military and Police, in calibers ranging from .223 up to 30mm. In 1990, Lightfield was approached by the Military and asked to design a lead sabot round that could be used in their 12 gauge shotguns -- the specifications asked for were extreme accuracy and knock-down power at long range.
In due course, with the help of J.M.T. Design of New Jersey who manufactured the prototypes and tooling, a sabot slug was designed. The slug was designed with a two-piece sabot that mechanically locks onto the slug by means of four locking lugs. These lugs prevent the slug from rotating inside the sabot so that the rotary motion, imparted to the sabot by contact between its external surface and the rifling in a gun barrel, is transferred directly to the slug. All other sabot slugs on the market errantly relied on the friction between the sabot and the slug to stop rotation of the slug inside the sabot.
This slug design met all required specifications and, after testing by the Military and various Police forces, it was hailed as the slug that they had been looking for. Unfortunately, it takes a long time for any new product to be accepted by the Military and Police forces, so it was decided that this new slug would be put on the market and offered to hunters. The new slug was called the 'Hybred'. The name Hybred was derived from the combination of knock-down power and expansion of its lead foster slug, combined with the accuracy of a sabot slug.
Anthony Kinchin, the designer of the Hybred, was visiting the 1992 S.H.O.T. Show where he met Richard Knoster of Accuracy Innovations and Tar-Hunt Custom Rifles, Inc.'s Randy Fritz. Since Randy Fritz was known to have probably the most accurate bolt action slug gun in production, arrangements were made for Mr. Fritz to test the Hybred slugs in his shotguns. Lightfield's Hybred slugs and Tar-Hunt's slug guns proved to be a winning combination.
In the initial stages it was difficult for Lightfield to break into the hunting market with the Hybred slug. The Industry asked, "Why do we need another shotgun slug? There are many types on the market already." Lightfield set about proving that the Hybred was not only different, but the best slug on the market altogether. With the help of "The Slug Group" Lightfield did the same as Col. Samuel Colt. It gave ammunition away for hunters to try, and at the same time sold into small shops willing to purchase a few rounds of a new product. Through these efforts the Hybred became such a success that the hunters pestered their local sports shops to buy the Hybred ammunition, and the shops in turn pestered their distributors. From this Lightfield has grown from stength to strength.
Lightfield has progressed from these early stages by adding more calibers and different designs to its product line. The latest addition is a high velocity sabot shotgun slug called the Commander IDS (Impact Discarding Sabot), where the sabot stays with the slug until it impacts on the target.
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