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9mm Luger Ammo Testing & Ballistics
Even though the recoil of the 9mm Luger is much less than the 40 S&W or 45 ACP, you will be surprised at the results on the business end. You will now understand why the 9mm Luger was adopted by NATO, the U.S. Military, and close to a million police officers worldwide. The 9mm Luger has 35% more muzzle energy than the 38 special, 10% more muzzle energy than the 44 special, and rivals the energy of hot 45 ACP loadings. For longer distances, the 9mm Luger is flatter shooting than the 40 S&W or 45 ACP. The 9mm is no sissy cartridge.
Since the lessons learned at the Miami shootout fiasco, the FBI performance requirements for an ideal cartridge must have bullet expansion of .50" (1/2 inch) or more, and at least 12 inches of penetration in bare and clothed ballistic gelatin. Bullet penetration should not exceed 18 inches depth. 12 to 15 inches is considered the ideal range.
The 9mm Luger meets these requirements with quality ammunition just as good as the .40 S&W and 45 ACP. The FBI 9mm test don't lie! Any brand of premium 9mm 124gr or 147gr JHP has the stopping power do the job!

My favorite is the 124gr hollowpoint ammo for defense. I use any brand I can get a good deal on. The reason for the 124gr choice is; I can practice with the low price 115gr FMJ made by Remington UMC and Winchester white box. The 124gr point of impact out to 15 yards is almost identical to the 115gr FMJ.

Your Captian, Chief, or sheriff may be old school and remember some of the 9mm pistols from 25 years ago that were cheap made or very heavy. He may also remember the crappy 9mm ammo from 25 years ago too. This is why so many officers are required to carry lower capacity 40 S&W or 45 ACP pistols, even though you may run out of ammo in a gunfight. The FBI has tested todays 9mm ammo and it has proven to be just as terminal as 40 S&W or 45 ACP. Cops carry 9mm pistols In Europe, Russia, Japan, China, Korea, India, and the middle east. Over 90% of the world's police use 9mm!
  Premium 9mm ammunition cost as much as 45% less, thus giving police officers more range time without breaking the budget.


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Useful Sites and Information

  • Why the Nine? Look at the effectiveness comparison of 9mm, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP.

  • 9mm Expansion When Fired Into Water Jugs - with pics!

  • 9mm Gelatin Test Fired From Small Kel-Tec P-11 Pistol

  • Handgun Ammunition Trajectory Table - Compare Cartridges

  • Browning Hi-Power - Finding ultimate 9mm defense ammo

  • The Box O' Truth - The Buick O' Truth #3 - Pistols and Car Doors

  • Some good ammo test from Shooting Resources

  • 9mm Federal Hydra Shock - shooting water jugs video clip

  • 9mm hollowpoint and exploding honeydew melon video clip

  • Nice article on self defense ammo

  • FBI 9mm Performance Testing - FTI 9mm data

  • FBI 40 S&W Performance Testing - FTI 40 S&W data

  • FBI 45 ACP Performance Testing - FTI 45 ACP data

  • More on the FBI terminal ballistic testing data

    Visit FirearmsTactical.com for more ballistics and stopping power information.

    Also see 9mm reloading data



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