1000rds – 9mm Magtech First Defense 124gr. Bonded JHP Ammo


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Magtech 124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

The First Defense ammo line from Magtech is a superb choice for duty and personal protection in the woods, at home, or own the streets. These 9mm Luger rounds feature bonded jacketed hollow-point (JHP) projectiles with a standard NATO weight of 124 grains which offers manageable recoil for efficient follow-up shots. Bonded JHP bullets have their jackets permanently attached to their lead cores; this produces unyielding weight retention and unfailing expansion in a target after passing through barriers like plywood, drywall, denim, leather, and auto-glass. The result is a bullet that is more likely to function correctly and transfer maximum energy into a target in order to end a fight with authority.

Each of these 9x19mm cartridges also features a non-corrosive Boxer primer which is adorned with a moisture-blocking material and installed into a reloadable brass casing; this sealant protects propellant from moisture and ensures reliable ignition in dire situations. Magtech is Brazilian outfit with a rich history dating back to 1926. Their experience with international relations and meeting stringent contract criteria empowers them to create high quality ammunition in effort to meet and exceed FBI testing standards.

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Gel test Results

In the case of Magtech's Guardian Gold 124 Grain 9mm ammo, we fired 9mm test rounds under our standard testing protocol but found extreme penetration with this load. In fact, two of the five rounds selected for testing blew through 32-inches of ballistic gelatin and could not be retrieved.

For data purposes, we have used a 32" penetration depth but omitted the expanded diameter or weight from our calculations. Since the fired bullets were lost, we were unable to measure them in the final two rounds of this ammunition's testing.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 9mm Magtech First Defense 124gr. Bonded JHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 1000rds – 9mm Magtech First Defense 124gr. Bonded JHP Ammo

How do the results for this Magtech 9mm Luger (9x19) compare to other 9mm Hollow Point Ammo?

1000rds – 9mm Magtech First Defense 124gr. Bonded JHP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 22 30.5 32 32 41.2
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 124 124 124
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1068 1076 1076 1078 1081


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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Ptah Herring

    Great video I saw all I needed to know, thanks a lot!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Frank

    Bad stats on this ammo. Over penetration and didn't open up. 9 mil equals .354 inches. The average for this after test shooting is .35 inches. Buy something else for self defense.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Brendan

    A damn good round. The expanded JHP looks VERY much like the older generation Speer Gold Dot. I wouldn't be surprised if ATK had sold the older dies/blue prints to CBC/S&B.

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