Rancorous debate often accompanies the topic of selecting a self-defense cartridge. Everyone has an opinion and cites various authorities to bolster their positions. Perhaps the most frequently used standard in the best caliber for self defense debate is the FBI ammunition test protocol. But, is the FBI testing method good for predicting effectiveness of ammunition? If so, does this ammo test hold the same relevancy to the general shooting public that it does for the federal law enforcement agency? Alternatively called the FBI penetration testing, the ballistics test set can help gauge law enforcement bullet terminal performance in a standardized medium.
Handgun Self-Defense Ammunition Ballistics Test
FBI Ammunition Test Protocol & Relevancy to Self Defense
That brings our total number of loads tested across all pistol calibers to with more to come in the future! We also have some additional thoughts about this particular load in this post. Those results are up on a new Labs post , but you can still use the navigation menu above to head directly to the test results for each caliber. Results appear in the charts below for. Watch the video below for a brief overview of the project and an explanation of how to read the results. If this whole ballistics testing thing is new to you, or you want to know more about our process, then you might want to keep reading. However you use this information, we hope you find it helpful when picking out your next self-defense load.
Ballistic gelatin comparisons: Part II
Of course, penetration is only part of the battle. Will your 9mm ammo actually expand after penetrating heavy clothing? On this episode of Will It Expand , we aim to find out!
A variety of bullet weights, velocities, pressure levels, styles and designs were represented in the data, to ensure the broadest comparison of the two test mediums. To answer that question, I worked with Hornady Manufacturing Company representatives to design a comparison test of the two mediums. If this small test indicated there was a discrepancy, we would proceed with plans for a more exhaustive comparison.