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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 quality 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 30 years ago that were cheap made or very heavy. He may also remember the crappy 9mm ammo from 30 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!
  Permium 9mm ammunition cost as much as 45% less, thus giving police officers more range time without breaking the budget.

Update: The F.B.I is making the return to the 9mm Luger. The short case 10mm experiment is over folks. It has been proven the 40 S&W has no tactical advantage over the 9mm.

Out in the field: The rules change when out camping, hiking, mountain biking, or fishing. If you venture outdoors where bears and moose live, 9mm hollow-point bullets won't do. Use a full metal jacket bullet in 124 or 147 grain. Gelatin test show penetration is in the 22 to 30 inch range. This is what is needed for large wild beast at close range. My favorite would be the 147gr FMJ Winchester White Box with the flat nose (truncated cone). Better yet, carry an 44 magnum revolver instead of 9mm. Hollowpoint 9mm bullets should work fine on smaller dangerous critters such as wolves, pigs, and mountain lions.


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Useful Sites and Information

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

  • News! FBI going back to 9mm caliber! Read More Here.

  • 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

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

  • 6 Reasons Why Modern Defensive Ammo is Better Than Ever

  • Nice article on self defense ammo

  • More on the FBI terminal ballistic testing data

    Also see 9mm reloading data




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