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Old 07-13-2013, 15:46   #1
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Short Barrel 9mm Defensive Ammo Gel Test Results

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There are lots of debates out there about what ammo to use in the new breed of short barreled 9mm guns. So, I brought a few loads to test from my S&W Shield 9mm. Here's what I found:


Test conditions:
-S&W Shield with a 3.1'' barrel
-Test rounds fired from 10 feet
-"FBI spec" (Their term, not mine...) Clear Ballistics gel block


Results:

Remington UMC 115gr JHP
-1065 FPS/292 FT/LBS energy
-18.5'' of penetration


Winchester Ranger 115gr JHP
-989 FPS/250 FT/LBS energy
-16'' of penetration

Federal HST 124gr JHP
-990 FPS/270 FT/LBS energy
-13.5'' penetration


Federal HST 124gr JHP +p
-1071 FPS/316 FT/LBS energy
-12'' of penetration


Speer Gold Dot 124gr +p
-1176 FPS/382 FT/LBS energy
-15.5'' penetration


Brown Bear 115gr FMJ (since some folks say you need FMJ out of these guns for 'adequate' penetration)
-1046 FPS/279 FT/LBS energy
-26'' of penetration

To see the test, the results, and the actual expansion of the round when I pulled them out of the gel block check out the video test below:

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Old 07-13-2013, 16:04   #2
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Very professional video.
Thanks for posting this.
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Old 07-13-2013, 18:43   #3
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I always love your videos and how your fast and to the point. They are always worth the time to watch. I appreciate the cliff notes as well.
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Good test. But some people recommend FMJ for .380, not 9mm.
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Good test. But some people recommend FMJ for .380, not 9mm.
Thank you. However, many have recommended FMJ for 9mm on this and many other forums in short barreled guns over the years.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:49   #6
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Wow. The data for Speer Gold Dot +P is pretty darn impressive. I use this brand in .357SIG for HD. Of course, the .357 is already hot, so no +P is needed. Same with .40. But to get almost 400 ft/lbs of muzzle energy out of a short-bbl. 9mm is impressive, to say the least. I may have to get some of this stuff, instead of the HST fodder. One 20-rd box of .45acp HST was $30 yesterday at our local gun show. Outrageous.

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