20rds – 9mm +P Barnes 115gr. TAC-XP Ammo

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Barnes Bullets 115 Grain Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP) Ammo Details

This 9mm +P cartridge is from Barnes’ TAC-XPD line of ammunition. That means its 115 grain projectile is a TAC-XP, an all copper hollow point. Rather than a jacket wound around a core, this bullet is comprised of one single component, and a tough one at that. It’s able to retain an exceptional amount of its weight even for having passed a wall or a car door, and it keeps itself together as it burrows through a threat as well. The TAC-XP is an expanding bullet, which ensures the wound channel it delivers will be wide in addition to deep.

This round’s new production brass casing is plated with Techni-Crom, which excels over traditional nickel at reducing friction to facilitate a high rate of fire. The two layer treatment is highly resistant to corrosion as well; It resists salt fog corrosion four times better than a traditional brass casing would alone. Such reliability is of the essence for a self-defense load -- Barnes’ is going to be ready for you when you need it.
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    Nickel-Plated Brass
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    Solid Copper Hollow Point (SCHP)
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Gel test Results


As you hunt for the best self-defense 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.

We shot five of these Barnes Bullets rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a S&W M&P Shield. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Barnes Bullets ammo stacked up relative to other 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo products available to American shooters.

To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 9mm +P Barnes 115gr. TAC-XP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 20rds – 9mm +P Barnes 115gr. TAC-XP Ammo

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

20rds – 9mm +P Barnes 115gr. TAC-XP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 10.3 10.8 12.4 12.6 12.8
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.68 0.69 0.7 0.7 0.72
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 114.7 114.8 114.9 115 115.4
Bullet Velocity (fps) 946 955 956 957 960


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