The Peregrine Legacy
Peregrine Bullets has officially been designing and manufacturing all kinds of monolithic bullets since 2009, but our story starts much earlier with an alliance between two passionate hunters with the dream of conquering the bullet world where many had failed.
In 1986 Adriaan Rall, teamed up with Louis Nel to manufacture lathe turned copper bullets. The two-man team made a pact that they would create a monolithic bullet that would overcome not only the various issues associated with lead bullets, but also the difficulties posed by the copper based monolithic bullets of long ago.
Peregrine created various ingenious bullet designs for their product line and brought it on par with or exceeding popular brand bullets in terms of accuracy and performance. Lead-core bullets often break apart once they hit the target, causing unwanted meat damage. While lead bullets are typically more affordable and easier to manufacture than copper monolithic bullets the Peregrine challenge was to meet or exceed current industry standards for hunting bullets. Recent trends focus more and more on the toxic effect of lead based bullets on the environment. I addition the rise in popularity and health benefits of game/venison meat for human consumption also place more emphasis on guaranteed venison without any form of lead contamination. Peregrine’s copper bullets are free from lead.
Adriaan and Louis’ research experiments delivered promising results and their prototypes went into small scale production. The venture sadly ended many years ago with Louis passing away at a very early age.
Cracking the Puzzle
In 2009 long after Louis Nel passed away, Adriaan decided to rally a strong team behind him to expand on some fresh ideas and loads of experience since the early days of his manufacturing endeavours. At the time he joined hands with Corno van Rooyen from Specialist Mechanical Engineers Pty Ltd [SME] to create the unique new South African product, called Peregrine Bullets.
On behalf of Peregrine Bullets a team of engineers from SME guided by Adriaan Rall and Corno van Rooyen took the raw ideas to a distinguished and marketable monolithic bullet range.
Towards the end of 2010 Peregrine formally entered the South African market of monolithic bullets. The Design Engineers borrowed elements from the foundation of Adriaan’s earlier work and through the use of highly advanced computerized software along with high quality CNC machines the initial Peregrine product lines was born between 2009 and 2010.
In a relatively short time, Peregrine expanded its product line to include various copper and brass monolithic bullets which was made available to the public. In addition the company became the only manufacturer to develop and hold patent rights to the world’s only expanding monolithic bullet to make use of the pneumatic force of compressed air to cause expansion in their bullets.
Since inception Peregrine Bullets has addressed all the difficulties associated with copper based monolithic bullets, a task that had proven to be nearly impossible in earlier years. As a result, Adriaan lays claim to having developed the world’s first monolithic bullet to overcome any and all aforementioned problems.
The Bullet of the Future
Peregrine BulletsTM was born from the desire to achieve the almost impossible and our determination and grit was rewarded with the invention of Peregrine lead-free bullets – monolithic bullets that are velocity insensitive and offer consistent expansion i.e. achieve terminal effect, reliable expansion and a full mushroom at velocities from as high as 3400 fps to as low as 1600 fps, all while being effective regardless of the target aimed at.
Our ability to achieve these design goals helped us secure patents for our technologically advanced designs. Peregrine Bullets’ designs and performance improvements represent a quantum leap advance over traditional bullets. Welcome to the future!
Credit where credit’s due
Achieving heights of this nature requires a dedicated team of experts. Adriaan, contributed his vast knowledge of game and hunting in the USA and Africa. Corno, brought his extensive artillery projectile design background to bear. The Peregrine Mechanical Engineers team lead by Alliwyn Oberholster created sophisticated in-house R&D tools for bullet flight analysis of transitional bullet exit analysis as well as external bullet ballistic analysis and prediction. With the aid Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) software and 6th Degree of Freedom bullet flight simulation cutting edge technology now shape all future Peregrine products.
Last but not least, we pay tribute to our loyal supporters – you! The Peregrine team finds nothing more gratifying than receiving testimonials from our satisfied customers – shooting enthusiasts and hunters who have put our bullets to the test everywhere in the world, from the African Savannah to the Alaskan Wilderness.