Ballistic Gel Testing
In hopes of giving ourselves and our customers a better idea how this 9mm Luger (9x19) self-defense ammo would perform if called upon in a self-defense scenario, we tested dozens of the best selling hollow points on the market.
We fired five rounds of this Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo through a cloth barrier into Clear Ballistics calibrated synthetic gelatin and recorded the results. For these tests, we used a S&W M&P Shield with a 3.1-inch barrel. In the photos, graphics and video on this page, you can see specifically how the Federal Ammunition ammo performed and how it sticks up with the rest of the 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo we have tested so far.
To read more about our testing procedures and discover what round makes the best self-defense ammo for you head to this page.
Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison
|1000rds – 9mm Federal LE 115gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||21.6||25.9||26||26.7||27|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.35||0.35||0.35||0.35||0.41|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||115||115.2||115.2||115.3||115.4|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1057||1084||1087||1100||1104|
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Great ammo for Glock 19 or 34 (with steel guide for point control). Runs clean with no misfires. If you use the +p put in a tungsten guide for better point.
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I tried 5 different brands of 115 gr. JHP ammo in my Glock 43. This ammo shot the best groups at 15 yds. It's my 'go to' 9mm load for self defense.