Ballistic Gel Testing
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 Sig Sauer 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 Sig Sauer 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
|20rds - 9mm Luger Sig-Sauer Elite Performance Ammunition 124gr. V-Crown JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||16||16.6||18.2||22.5||23|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.46||0.47||0.47||0.47||0.48|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||124||124||124||124||124|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1093||1109||1118||1126||1132|
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Best ammo you can buy for defense
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This ammo performs as advertised. I tried both 9mm and 380 loads and both works as advertised. Expansion was impressive and the bullet held together very well despite not being bonded. I used stacks of waterlogged magazines as a test medium.