Ballistic Gel Testing
We tested this Black Hills Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W M&P40c with a 3.5-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 11.06-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.734-inches, retaining 100% of the projectile's original weight.
On this page, you'll see video of our tests including photographs that detail the ammunition before/after firing it through a four-layer barrier into gelatin. Also, you'll see how this Black Hills Ammunition 40 Smith & Wesson ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 40 Smith & Wesson.
To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.
Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison
|20rds – 40 S&W Black Hills 140gr. Barnes TAC-XP HP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||9.8||10.4||10.7||11.7||12.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.7||0.71||0.73||0.74||0.79|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||139.6||139.7||140.1||140.2||140.5|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1073||1088||1091||1092||1095|