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Short Barrel 9mm Defensive Ammo Gel Test Results

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by plouffedaddy, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy

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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:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMyGhLuXYXQ"]Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Duty Carry Ammo (Gold Dot, HST...) Ballistics Gel Test (HD) - YouTube[/ame]
     
  2. MinervaDoe

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    Very professional video.
    Thanks for posting this.
     

  3. Adamz04

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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.
     
  4. WinterWizard

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    Good test. But some people recommend FMJ for .380, not 9mm.
     
  5. plouffedaddy

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    Thank you. However, many have recommended FMJ for 9mm on this and many other forums in short barreled guns over the years.
     
  6. Arnold Kuhl

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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.

    AK