(from June 2014)
Twenty-second 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 Federal Premium HST 147-grain jacketed hollow point bullets in +P pressure. This is Federal part #P9HST4.
This ammo was generously donated by one of my viewers, so thanks for that!
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.
Unfortunately in this test, my shot placement wasn't perfect, and one bullet exited each block, so we ended up with four bullets for each phase of the test.
In this test, the ammo performed extremely well in both the bare gel test and denim tests.
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.