20rds – 9mm Federal Syntech Defense 138gr. SHP Ammo

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Federal Ammunition 138 Grain Segmented Hollow Point (SHP) Ammo Details

This 9mm Syntech Defense cartridge by Federal sports a 138 grain segmented hollow point projectile. An exceptionally devastating bullet, the SHP creates four separate wound channels as it penetrates its target. The primary one, which will go as deep as 18” in ballistic gel, is provided by the core. The three secondary wound channels are each 6” deep, and are inflicted by the bullet’s external segments as they flake off. Such potency can bring about multiple organ failures, just the thing for when you want a fight to end as soon as it has broken out.

This round’s bullet is jacketed in a layer of blue polymer. It does a far better job of reducing friction than copper could, and as the result won’t wear down your barrel’s riflings as quickly. The jacket is also lead free, as is the bullet’s dependable Catalyst primer, so your pistol’s accuracy won’t decline as rapidly in response to residue buildup.
  • Casing Type
    Brass
  • Bullet Weight
    138 Grain
  • Bullet Type
    Segmented Hollow Point (SHP)
  • Manufacturer
  • Manufacturer SKU
    S9SJT1
  • Muzzle Energy
  • Muzzle Velocity
    1050
  • Primer Type

Gel test Results

 

We tested this Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W M&P Shield with a 3.1-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 20.24-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.35-inches, retaining 56% 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 Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 9mm Luger (9x19).

To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 9mm Federal Syntech Defense 138gr. SHP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 9mm Federal Syntech Defense 138gr. SHP Ammo

How do the results for this Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) compare to other 9mm Ammo?

20rds – 9mm Federal Syntech Defense 138gr. SHP Ammo Gel Test Results

  Median
Bullet Depth (in.) 19 20 20.5 20.7 21
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35 0.35
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 76 77 77 77 78
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1017 1022 1022 1029 1033

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