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.380 ACP ammo test: Three types of FMJ tested



(from Feb 2014)

This is not a part of the "Ammo Quest" series, it's just a test to show what happens when you fire a .380 ACP Full Metal Jacket bullet and how far it penetrates in a tissue simulant.

In this test I'm using the synthetic ballistic gelatin. The gel was calibrated immediately prior to shooting, and the calibration BB traveled to 3.5", so the blocks were in spec.

I tested three different types of FMJ: Two shots of Remington UMC 95-grain round nose, part #L380AP Two shots of Monarch 94-grain round nose, UPC #4-00125-86517-9 Two shots of Winchester White Box 95-grain flat nose, part#USA380VP

The test pistol was a Taurus TCP, with 2.8" barrel.

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.

For further reading and future reference, visit the blog post at There you will find reference tables, pictures, and links to all the tests.