(from March 2015)
Thirty-Second in a series of a quest to find the overall best defensive ammunition for modern 9mm pocket pistols (such as the Sig Sauer 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 124-grain Buffalo Bore +P jacketed hollowpoint (part #24E).
I am chronographing the rounds as well as firing multiple 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, I fired five bullets into bare gel, and observed curious but acceptable performance. All the bullets penetrated deeply, but they also all shredded and fell apart, they all shed their jackets and sheared off their expansion petals. I then fired five shots in denim-covered gel, and saw excellent performance. The five bullets in denim were outstanding performers, expanding properly and penetrating deeply and exhibiting none of the drawbacks that the bare gel bullets showed,
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.
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