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

Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) Ballistic Data

Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) Ammo Details

Barrel Length inches
4
Ballistics Coefficient (G1)
0.175
Ballistics Coefficient (G7)
0
Sectional Density
0.156
Muzzle 25 yds. 50 yds. 75 yds. 100 yds.
Velocity fps 1050 1016 985 959 934
Energy ft lbs 338 316 298 282 267
Bullet drop inch n/a 0 -1.2 -4.6 -10.5

Trajectory Line Graph Federal Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19)

Velocity / Energy Comparisons

Ammo Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#26
1047 fps
#39
280 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#13
1130.5 fps
#13
329 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#37
1014 fps
#38
283 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#17
1089 fps
#21
303 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Tula Ammo
#10
1150 fps
#11
338 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#22
1049 fps
#22
303 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#23
1048 fps
#41
280 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#16
1095 fps
#12
330 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Magtech
#34
1024 fps
#32
289 ft lbs
147 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Federal Ammunition
#45
953 fps
#26
297 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#32
1028 fps
#30
291 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#44
953 fps
#25
297 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#20
1057 fps
#35
285 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#28
1039 fps
#29
296.5 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#25
1048 fps
#23
302 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Magtech
#11
1135 fps
#14
329 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Winchester Ammunition
#7
1157.5 fps
#9
342.5 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#24
1048 fps
#40
280 ft lbs
147 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Blazer Brass
#49
903 fps
#47
266 ft lbs
115 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Wolf Ammunition
#9
1150 fps
#10
338 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#43
953 fps
#27
297 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Federal Ammunition
#4
1225 fps
#2
383 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#31
1028 fps
#46
270 ft lbs
115 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#15
1098 fps
#19
308 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#48
915 fps
#45
273 ft lbs
150 Grain Specialty Federal Ammunition
#50
857 fps
#49
245 ft lbs
115 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Black Hills Ammunition
#5
1175 fps
#8
352 ft lbs
135 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#42
960 fps
#43
276 ft lbs
147 Grain Total Metal Jacket (TMJ) Speer
#47
932 fps
#37
284 ft lbs
124 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) PMC Ammunition
#36
1017 fps
#36
285 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Fiocchi Ammunition
#35
1020 fps
#33
287 ft lbs
100 Grain Frangible Federal Ammunition
#19
1075 fps
#48
257 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Remington Ammunition
#12
1131 fps
#7
352 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#18
1085 fps
#16
324 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#46
936 fps
#34
286 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Speer
#29
1039 fps
#28
297 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#6
1171.5 fps
#3
378 ft lbs
147 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Sig Sauer
#39
985 fps
#17
317 ft lbs
115 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Barnes Bullets
#27
1039 fps
#42
276 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#33
1027 fps
#31
290 ft lbs
158 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Fiocchi Ammunition
#51
814 fps
#50
232 ft lbs
150 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) Sellier & Bellot Ammunition
#41
966 fps
#18
310 ft lbs
124 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Black Hills Ammunition
#8
1150 fps
#5
364 ft lbs
100 Grain HoneyBadger Black Hills Ammunition
#1
1300 fps
#4
375 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Corbon
#3
1250 fps
#1
399 ft lbs
115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#30
1038 fps
#44
275 ft lbs
92 Grain Pre-Fragmented G2 Research
#2
1265 fps
#15
327 ft lbs
138 Grain Segmented Hollow Point (SHP) Federal Ammunition
#40
985 fps
#24
298 ft lbs
125 Grain HoneyBadger Black Hills Ammunition
#21
1050 fps
#20
306 ft lbs
127 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Winchester Ammunition
#14
1120 fps
#6
354 ft lbs
100 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Hornady Ammunition
#38
1003 fps
#51
224 ft lbs
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