(from March 2015)
Thirty-First 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 and 147-grain Remington Golden Saber jacketed hollowpoint (part #'s GS9MMB and GS9MMC).
In this test, I fired three 124-grain bullets into a denim-covered gel block, and witnessed three lousy bullet performances, including complete jacket separations and overpenetration. I then fired two shots in bare gel, and saw excellent performance. Interestingly, when I went to test the 147-grain version, the results were nearly identical! Excellent performance in the bare gel, and jacket separation and overpenetration in the denim.
The Golden Sabers did great in bare gel, but they simply do not cope well with the stringent heavy denim test; because of that, and because there are several bullets on the market that pass the denim test with flying colors, I see no reason for someone to choose these non-bonded Golden Sabers over other, better-performing ammo.
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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