(from May 2014)
Nineteenth in a series of a quest to find the overall best defensive ammunition for modern 9mm pocket pistols (such as the Sig Saur P938, Taurus PT709, the Ruger LC9, Kahr CM9, Beretta Nano, Kel-Tec PF9 or S&W Shield or any other popular 9mm micro-pistol using a barrel length of approximately 3").
In this installment, I am testing the new Sig Sauer Elite Performance 124-grain V-Crown jacketed hollow point bullets in standard pressure. This is Sig part #E9MMA2.
This ammo was generously supplied by Texas' own www.AmmoToGo.com.
I am chronographing the rounds as well as firing five rounds per block so that we get a more statistically relevant result, rather than the typical ammo test where only one round is fired. Ammo can behave a bit unpredictably, and the results of any one bullet are not necessarily representative of how the ammunition performs overall.
In this test, the ammo performed very well in the bare gel test, but when we got to the denim, the wheels all came off: one of the denim rounds overpenetrated both blocks (so, over 32" of penetration) and was lost, and two of the other rounds penetrated in excess of 21.50". Expansion through the denim was also quite inconsistent. In fact, the results were so unexpected, I actually arranged to get another box of ammo to re-test, to make sure I was accurately representing the ammo's performance. And in the re-test, using ammo supplied by Sig Sauer themselves, the results in the re-test of the bare gel were markedly different -- all five bullets traveled an average of 17.40"! The denim re-tests were just as bad, actually slightly worse, than the first test.
The purpose of this testing is to find which rounds of ammo perform well enough from a short 3" barrel that they can reliably deliver the penetration (with expansion) that has been documented and proven necessary in order for the bullet to be able to reach the vital organs of an attacker and deliver an incapacitating hit.