By 1992, it seemed that everyone in the cartridge business had a premium hollowpoint…except for Remington. While their scalloped semi-jacketed hollowpoints were looked on fondly for revolver cartridges, Remington’s existing JHP for autopistol cartridges were best known for feed reliability and little else. The FBI had briefly approved their 185-grain JHP in .45 Auto in the late 1980s, but that was mainly because their low expansion potential made them deeper penetrators than other commercial 185-grain JHP. This advantage disappeared with the arrival of the 230-grain Federal Hydra-Shok.
At some point, Remington lured away Black Talon co-creator David K. Schluckebier from Olin-Winchester. Schluckebier teamed with Joseph W. Jakonczuk to create a new hollowpoint bullet using cartridge brass as the jacket. The new Golden Saber was unveiled at the 1993 Shot Show. Oddly, Remington had yet to file the patent for it yet. Schluckebier and Jakonczuk filed their application in August 1993, and received US Patent #5,357,866 in October 1994.
The first year of production feature straight skiving, while starting in 1994, the spiral cut skiving shown in the patent appeared. The driving band feature was supposed to improve accuracy, but some found it a detriment when the bore-riding nose did not match up to individual barrel rifling variations. This was a particular controversy during the FBI’s search for their new SWAT/HRT M1911 as many manufacturers and gunsmiths felt that they could not make the mandated accuracy standards with the specified Golden Saber load.
The driving band was also supposed to give a core-locking effect, which did not always work out in practice versus theory. In 1995, Remington even introduced heavy-weight variants in .357 Magnum (165-gr) and .44 Magnum (275-gr) as part of their “Core-Lokt” brand hunting ammunition.
Circa 1998, Remington introduced a bonded core variant to meet law enforcement agency requirements. Engineer Nick Sachse was credited with this development.
More recently. Remington commissioned Tom Burczynski to tweak the original design to improve the mechanical bond of the jacket and core. Burczynski collaborated with Jason Imhoff and Nick Sachse on the project, with the earliest patent application filed in 2011. They formed a wasp-waist ahead of the legacy driving band and then added a non-rigid locking band to this area. This resulted in the Golden Saber Black Belt being teased for law enforcement customers as early as Shot Show 2013. It appears that it took at least a year for the product to actually hit the market though.
Remington Golden Saber Black Belt patents: