50rds - 38 Special Speer LE Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P Ammo


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Speer 135 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This is 38 Special Law Enforcement Grade Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P Hollow Point Ammo. This ammo is designed specifically for short barrel compact guns. It is designed to give you the velocity needed out of a short barrel weapon to get optimum expansion at short ranges. This is the ultimate personnal protection ammo for compact concealed handguns. This ammo contains a special powder formulation and bullet jacket to acheive the the desired results

  • Manufacturer
  • Condition
  • Bullet Weight
    135 Grain
  • Bullet Type
    Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
  • Use Type
    Self Defense
  • Casing Type
    Nickel-Plated Brass
  • Quantity
  • Ammo Caliber
    38 Special
  • Pressure
  • Manufacturer SKU
  • Primer Type
  • Muzzle Velocity
  • Muzzle Energy
  • UPC Barcode
  • Cost Per Round

Ballistic Gel Testing


As you hunt for the best self-defense 38 Special 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 Speer rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a S&W 640. 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 Speer ammo stacked up relative to other 38 Special 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.

Gel test results for Speer 135 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) ammo

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 50rds - 38 Special Speer LE Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 50rds - 38 Special Speer LE Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P Ammo

How do the results for this Speer 38 Special compare to other 38 SPECIAL?

50rds - 38 Special Speer LE Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P Ammo Gel Test Results
Bullet Depth (in.) 12.3 12.7 13.7 15 15
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.55 0.57 0.57 0.58 0.58
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 133.4 133.5 134.1 134.6 135
Bullet Velocity (fps) 864 884 888 896 899
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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Dom Pastore Jr. dpast32

    This particular .38 SPECIAL+P Loading is simply the best overall choice for the 2" - 4" [ +P rated ] barrel revolvers, IMHO. Speer's Product # 53921 offers pretty much all the required attributes of an all around / multi-season self defense Loading. [ NOTE: # 53921 = 50 rd Box - & - # 23921 = 20 rd Box ] It combines acceptable penetration, expansion, velocity, accuracy, & standard deviation. Also, being a type of 'bonded' projectile is another big plus, as it doesn't have a traditional 'jacket', as a great many of its genre do. Therefore, there's jacket to rupture or fragment which reduces penetration, amongst other issues. And, weighing in at 135 grains, it will / should also shoot much closer the factory sights, as opposed to a lighter projectile. Yes Folks, the current market of .38 SPL. CCW type Loads is truly overwhelming. However, with all the available choices out there, I have always relied upon this particular Speer Load, for both my 2" & 4" . 38 SPL.+P rated revolvers.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Jeff

    The best defense ammo period

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