(from Nov 2013)
25th in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for modern micro-compact 380 ACP pistols (such as the Taurus TCP 738, the Ruger LCP, Sig P238, Beretta Pico, Kel-Tec P3AT or S&W Bodyguard or any other popular 380 micro-pistol using a barrel length of around 2.8").
This is the ninth episode in the "Final Round", but (uniquely) this is also the opening round for this ammo -- in this episode I conduct both the opening round (through bare ClearBallistics gelatin) and the final round (through genuine 10% organic ordnance gelatin (aka "ballistic gelatin") and four layers of IWBA-specification 16oz heavy denim.
In this installment, I am testing the CorBon 90-grain jacketed hollow point. It performed extremely well in the initial bare gel test, and I immediately pushed it into the finals to see how it performs through the heavy denim test. All the rounds failed to expand from being clogged with denim. As a result, all five rounds grossly overpenetrated.
Note: I'm not making any claims for these videos other than that these are the results I achieved, in my own testing, from the stated pistol. I have no intention to make a blanket endorsement or indictment of any product, only to review and report what I found in a given instance. Obviously it is incumbent upon each individual to conduct their own research and make up their own mind about which defensive ammunition is best for their own purposes, in their own firearms.