Ammo Quest 9mm: Gold Dot 124-grain+P, regular vs. short barrel



(from Feb 2014)

Tenth in a series of a quest to find the overall best 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 Speer Gold Dot 124-grain +P jacketed hollow point bullets, in two versions: regular (part #23617) and Short Barrel (part #23611). This ammo was supplied to me through donations by viewers, so thank you very much for that! In this test, the ammo performed excellently in the bare gel, and performed quite well in the denim-covered gel, although each version of the ammo had one single round that overpenetrated our 18" maximum.

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.

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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