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 Hornady Ammunition 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 Hornady Ammunition 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
|25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Duty 135gr. +P FlexLock HP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||21.2||21.5||21.8||22.1||22.6|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.39||0.41||0.41||0.42||0.45|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||134.7||134.7||134.8||134.9||135|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||996||997||1007||1013||1030|
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I've been using Hornady Critical Duty 135 gr +P for over 10 years in my Sig and have never had any issues. This in my opinion the best ammo for self defense. You can't put a price on reliable performance. This is most definately the ammo you want to have when personal safety is involved.