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9mm Parabellum (9 x 19mm) Ammunition Performance Data

Page updated September 1998.
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Part I.  Ammunition Manufacturer Products for 1998:

CCI-Speer:

Cartridge

Ammunition Performance Data

None Manufacturer FBI Tests Other
115 grain Blazer JHP X      
115 grain Gold Dot JHP     X  
115 grain Gold Dot +P+ (Law Enforcement Only) X      
124 grain Gold Dot JHP     X X
124 grain Gold Dot JHP +P       X
147 grain Gold Dot JHP     X  

Federal:

Cartridge

Ammunition Performance Data

None Manufacturer FBI Tests Other
115 grain Classic Hi-Shok JHP X      
124 grain Premium Nyclad HP X      
124 grain Premium Hydra-Shok JHP     X  
135 grain Personal Defense Hydra-Shok JHP       X
147 grain Classic Hi-Shok JHP     X  
147 grain Premium Hydra-Shok JHP     X  
147 grain Tactical Hydra-Shok JHP (Law Enforcement Only)     X  

Hornady:

Cartridge

Ammunition Performance Data

None Manufacturer FBI Tests Other
115 grain XTP JHP X      
124 grain XTP JHP X      
147 grain XTP JHP     X  

PMC-Eldorado:

Cartridge

Ammunition Performance Data

None Manufacturer FBI Tests Other
115 grain JHP X      
124 grain Starfire JHP     X  

Remington:

Cartridge

Ammunition Performance Data

None Manufacturer FBI Tests Other
115 grain JHP X      
115 grain JHP +P     X  
124 grain JHP     X  
124 grain Golden Saber JHP   X    
124 grain Golden Saber JHP +P   X    
147 grain Subsonic JHP     X  
147 grain Golden Saber JHP   X X  

Winchester:

Cartridge

Ammunition Performance Data

None Manufacturer FBI Tests Other
115 grain Super-X Silvertip JHP     X  
115 grain Ranger JHP (Law Enforcement Only) X      
115 grain Ranger JHP +P (Law Enforcement Only)     X  
127 grain Ranger SXT JHP +P+ (Law Enforcement Only)     X  
147 grain Super-X Subsonic JHP     X  
147 grain Super-X Silvertip JHP X      
147 grain Supreme SXT JHP X      
147 grain Ranger SXT JHP (Law Enforcement Only)     X  
147 grain Ranger Talon JHP (Law Enforcement Only)   X    

Part II.  Manufacturer's Performance Data:

9mm 124 grain Remington Golden Saber JHP:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

?

4" ? 12.90" 0.54" 11.9" 0.62"

9mm 124 grain Remington Golden Saber JHP +P:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

?

4" ? 14.30" 0.54" ? ?

9mm 147 grain Remington Golden Saber JHP:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

?

4" ? 12.80" 0.66" 13.20" 0.66"

9mm 147 grain Winchester Ranger Talon JHP (Law Enforcement Only):

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M3953

3.5" 864 fps 13.80" 0.61" 15.25" 0.59"

9mm 147 grain Winchester Ranger Talon JHP (Law Enforcement Only):

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

Beretta M92FS

5.0" 1017 fps 13.75" 0.66" 15.50" 0.65"

Part III.  FBI Ammunition Tests Data:

9mm 115 grain Winchester Ranger JHP +P+, 1/9/98:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M5906

4" 1320 fps 9.55" 0.53" 10.15" 0.65"

9mm 115 grain 3-D JHP, 1/5/98:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M5906

4" 1178 fps 11.60" 0.54" 13.95" 0.48"

9mm 115 grain Remington JHP +P+, 11/10/97:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1221 fps 10.80" 0.63" 10.90" 0.62"

9mm 115 grain CCI/Speer Gold Dot JHP, 3/6/97:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1259 fps 12.35" 0.67" 22.15" 0.40"

9mm 115 grain CCI/Speer Gold Dot JHP, 1/29/93:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1197 fps 12.80" .67" 22.65" .44"

9mm 115 grain CorBon JHP +P, 9/11/91:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1317 fps 8.95" 0.52" 10.20" 0.61"

9mm 115 grain Federal JHP +P+, 4/10/90:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1237 fps 11.25" .53" 10.60" .62"

9mm 115 grain Winchester Silvertip JHP, 2/14/89:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1091 fps 10.05" 0.63" 11.80" 0.58"

9mm 124 grain CCI/Speer Gold Dot JHP +P, 4/17/97:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1223 fps 13.40" 0.68" 20.25" 0.53"

9mm 124 grain Speer Gold Dot JHP, 3/3/97:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1116 fps 11.80" 0.69" 22.00" 0.36"

9mm 124 grain CCI/Speer Gold Dot JHP, 6/27/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M5946

4" 1202 17.05 ? 19.00 ?

9mm 124 grain Federal HydraShok JHP, 6/27/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M5946

4" 1159 fps 13.35" ? 13.10" ?

9mm 124 grain Remington JHP, 1/5/93:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1109 fps 12.45" .60" 13.70" .57"

9mm 124 grain PMC/Eldorado Starfire JHP, 2/29/92:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1118 fps 10.65" .63" 20.10" .41"

9mm 124 grain CorBon XTP JHP, 2/29/92:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1123 fps 13.95" .56" 18.30" .46"

9mm 127 grain Winchester SXT JHP +P+, 6/26/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M5946

4" 1210 fps 13.95" ? 19.80" ?

9mm 147 grain Federal Tactical HydraShok JHP, 7/12/96:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25 935 fps 13.60" .60" 16.05" .52"

9mm 147 grain Federal HydraShok JHP, 12/16/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 942 fps 12.90" ? 15.90" ?

9mm 147 grain Federal Hi-Shok JHP, 6/27/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M5946

4" 985 fps 13.15" ? 19.00" ?

9mm 147 grain CCI/Speer Gold Dot JHP, 2/2/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 945 fps 16.55" ? 18.20" ?

9mm 147 grain Winchester Ranger SXT JHP, 2/1/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 918 fps 15.80" ? 22.85" ?

9mm 147 grain Golden Saber JHP, 1/10/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 949 fps 16.10" ? 16.80" ?

9mm 147 grain Remington JHP, 1/9/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 1024 fps 16.20" ? 17.35" ?

9mm 147 grain Federal HydraShok JHP, 1/3/95:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 944 fps 17.65" ? 18.05" ?

9mm 147 grain Federal HydraShok JHP, 12/28/94:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 943 fps 13.35" ? 15.75" ?

9mm 147 grain Winchester Black Talon JHP, 5/28/92:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 946 fps 14.85" .60" 16.35" .61"

9mm 147 grain Remington JHP, 7/17/91

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 987 fps 18.15" .51" 15.95" .59"

9mm 147 grain Hornady XTP JHP, 3/28/91:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

S&W M659

4" 918 fps 22.10" .44" 20.50" .46"

9mm 147 grain Federal HydraShok JHP, 11/27/90 (Marlin M9):

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

Marlin M9

16.5" 995 fps 21.35" 0.37" 15.60" 0.60"

9mm 147 grain Winchester Silvertip JHP, 10/31/89:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Clothed Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

SIG P226

4.25" 902 fps 14.60" 0.53 18.10" 0.47"

Part IV.  Other Performance Data

Speer 9mm 124 grain Gold Dot JHP +P, 8/6/98:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Denim Covered Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

Star M43 Firestar

3.4" 1155 fps 13.2" 0.62" 16.1" 0.53"
Notes: BB calibration velocity 588 fps/penetration 7.0 cm.  Penetration and expansion values listed are three shot averages per test event.  Penetration depths listed are corrected [MacPherson, Duncan: "A Simplified Penetration Depth Correction for Data Taken in Non-Standard Gelatin." Wound Ballistics Review 2(2); 41-45, 1995.]   Click here to view recovered bullets.

Speer 9mm 124 grain Gold Dot JHP, 8/6/98:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Denim Covered Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

Star M43 Firestar

3.4" 1068 fps 12.6" 0.59" 17.5" 0.51"
Notes: BB calibration velocity 583 fps/penetration 9.8 cm.  Penetration and expansion values listed are three shot averages per test event.  Denim Shot #3 exited gelatin block after penetrating 16 inches.  Penetration depths listed are corrected [MacPherson, Duncan: "A Simplified Penetration Depth Correction for Data Taken in Non-Standard Gelatin." Wound Ballistics Review 2(2); 41-45, 1995.]  Click here to view recovered bullets.

Federal 9mm 135 grain Personal Defense HydraShok JHP, 8/6/98:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Denim Covered Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

Star M43 Firestar

3.4" 974 fps 9.6" 0.62" ? .51"
Notes: BB calibration velocity 588 fps/penetration 10.6 cm.  Penetration and expansion values listed are three shot averages per test event.  Bare gelatin shot #1 exited block.  Denim Shot #2 skidded between test stand and gelatin block, came to rest after penetrating 14.4 inches, and was invalidated.  Denim shot #3 exited block.   Penetration depths listed are corrected [MacPherson, Duncan: "A Simplified Penetration Depth Correction for Data Taken in Non-Standard Gelatin." Wound Ballistics Review 2(2); 41-45, 1995.]  Click here to view recovered bullets.

Speer 9mm 147 grain Gold Dot JHP (uncalibrated gelatin), 8/6/98:

Test Gun Barrel Length Velocity

Bare Gelatin

Denim Covered Gelatin

Penetration Expansion Penetration Expansion

Star M43 Firestar

3.4" 924 fps ~14.8" 0.57" ~14.7" 0.55"
Notes: BB calibration velocity 588 fps/penetration depth verified but not recorded.  Penetration depth values listed are three shot averages per test event.  Penetration depths are approximate due to incomplete BB calibration data.  Click here to view recovered bullets.

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