The ammunition was targeted by those opposed to handguns, and the reputation was very different in the public,and eventually the Talons became to be known by the moniker "Cop-Killer" bullets. The hype of the Black Talon ammunition was the black coating on the bullets themselves. There were false rumors that the bullets were armor piercing and could penetrate the Kevlar vests worn by police officers.. To further the controversy, some medical personnel claimed that the sharp barb like tips could potentially cause tears in the surgical gloves and hands of the medical workers, exposing them to greater risk of infection,  however there are no documented reports of this actually happening.In 1996 a lawsuit was filed (McCarthy v. Sturm, Ruger and Co., Inc., 916 F.Supp. 366 (S.D.N.Y., 1996) claiming that Olin Corp should be liable for a shooting spree based on the design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of Black Talon ammunition. The claims against Olin were dismissed because it was held that the bullets were not defectively designed.Winchester bowed to pressure and in 1993 removed the ammunition from public sale for a time, and eventually law enforcement also bowed to the pressure, but at no time(including presently) was it, nor is it, illegal to possess the Black Talon ammunition.
Actually the SXT ammo is an IMPROVED Talon. I remember hearing about Winchester taking out an ad in some paper, probably the Washington Post or Wall Street Journal, saying it was removing the Black Talon line from the catalog and replacing it with something BETTER. You can still find it out there but you pay a premium. The Ranger JHP ammo I have gotten over the years looked pretty much like the SXT in a package marked LE only. Didn't seem to shoot any different.
SXT WAS the Deep Penetrating Supreme Expanding Talon but not anymore. The "improvement" was getting rid of the talons. Now you can buy the new SXT (Black Talon substitutes) that aren't black and don't have talons. Why bother? I had a case of the real ones and sold them this year for close to 100% profit, which was still a lot less than anyone else was selling them for. If you can still find any they will probably be at least $40 for 20 rounds. BTW the black part of the Black Talons was the Lubalox coating that works the same way as moly coating. It had less friction and gave the bullets higher velocity and therefore more power, and lower pressure too. It was awesome, but they pulled it off the civilian market after a shooting spree on a New York subway in December 1993 mentioned by ericire12. Winchester/Olin ammunition got sued, Ruger got sued for making the pistol, and Ram-Line got sued for making the magazines for it too.
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