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 21.98-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.428-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 180gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||18.5||20.8||23.4||23.5||23.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.4||0.4||0.4||0.46||0.48|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||179.4||179.4||179.6||179.7||179.7|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||942||945||948||966||982|