Helber International is the South African Distributor.
The Titan bullet has a unique and innovative design that sets these bullets apart from the other bullets available on the market.
About the company
Tri-Blade Innovations was founded in 2008 and is based in Welkom in the province of the Free State in South Africa.
Tri-Blade Innovations initially started manufacturing the Titan Monolithic bullet with the same conventional design, the same as all other current and past monolithic bullet manufacturer’s bullets were been made.
The company was just starting to market the Titan bullet when it was served with a patent infringement by another bullet manufacturer in South Africa. Tri-Blade Innovations immediately halted manufacturing their bullet and instructed a patent lawyer company to investigate the legitimacy of the claimant of the patent.
While the investigation into the patent legitimacy was underway, the Titan bullet designers decided that they had to find another approach to bullet design. They decided that they had to move forward in a positive way in bullet design and manufacture. The challenge was to try and change bullet design for the future as not much innovation had really taken place in the basic design of bullets worldwide for the last 105 years.
Many months of brainstorming, thinking outside the box and endless testing started until Tri-Blade Innovations were satisfied with the design of the current Titan bullet which is totally unique. Numerous tests were conducted in the hunting field. Bench and technical data collected, over a long period of time, has shown a definite improvement in all aspects of the Titan bullet design when compared to the initial product on the market.
In the meantime, the result of the patent infringement investigation was released to Tri-Blade Innovation and the conclusion was that the patent infringement did not hold any foundation and that Tri-Blade Innovation could continue manufacturing the initial bullet they had made. However, by this time, the Titan bullet had evolved into a much better design and it was decided to continue with the improved version.
Tri-Blade then applied for a legitimate patent and after an authentic product search was conducted, the company was awarded a legitimate South African patent which can be defended in court. Tri-Blade Innovations also has an application for an international patent. This is the reason why it took some time to make the Titan monolithic bullet available on the market.
What sets the Titan bullet apart from competitors?
First and foremost is the drive band design which is patented. Instead of having broad drive bands which all other designs have, the Titan bullet has a fine drive band design This design has a number of advantages. Instead of having three or four broad drive bands with substantial metal mass that the barrel of the rifle has to cut through which causes friction and wear of the barrel and also high pressure, the Titan bullet has many fine drive bands which create a better seal in the bullet shell also while passing through the barrel of the gun. The drive bands also do not have a large metal mass that has to be cut through by the barrel, thus resulting in far less friction heat build up and far less fowling and barrel wear. The result is very few pressure problems and a higher velocity bullet.
Secondly is the fragmentation aspect of the Titan bullet. Although this change in design is not patented, it demands a major mind shift for the hunter in understanding how a bullet should perform when it impacts on the animal they are hunting. The common thought or idea of most hunters or almost all hunters is that the bullet must retain as much weight as possible on impact with the animal. In other words, the bullet must keep 100% retention (mushroom) when it is fully expanded.
The manufacturers of Titan bullets state that their design works better although changing the mindset of 110 years is not easy. However, many hunters who have tried the new Titan bullet and have actually hunted with it have changed their minds on the concept of the 100% retention on full expansion.
The Titan bullet fragments into five pieces, namely 4 petals and the main body or shank.. It retains approximately 75% of its weight.
When any bullet leaves the barrel it is spinning at a high revolution. On impact with the animal the bullet expands but does not stop spinning. The bullet that keeps 100% retention or mushrooms as it is known causes a corkscrew effect through the animal-clearly seen on the gel block test It causes immense damage when passing through the animal and that is why in most cases a substantial amount of meat is wasted. In addition, when a bad shot placement has been made, it stays a bad shot.
The Titan bullet works differently. When the Titan bullet impacts the animal, it starts expanding, and immediately the petals start breaking away from the main body of the bullet at 45 degree angles which causes all the damage in the vitals or cavity of the animal. The petals do not penetrate beyond the cavity. Even if the shot placement of the bullet missed the vitals, some of the petals will still do enough damage. When the petals break off from the main body, they leave no sharp edges protruding beyond the diameter of the bullet shank. When the bullet is spinning at high revolutions it does not cause a corkscrew effect and only punches a small exit wound causing very little meat damage.
Therefore, in fact, the hunter gets the best of both a solid and an expandable bullet. The Titan bullet acts as a solid bullet when it enters and exits the animal but has the added advantage of the detaching petals carrying the bullet’s energy over into the vital areas.
Titan bullets fulfill all the necessary criteria a hunter would like to gain from a bullet’s performance. These are accuracy, minimal barrel wear, minimal fowling of the barrel and a fast bullet due to minimal friction, minimal meat damage, and the increased chance in a one shot one kill.