9mm Critical Duty barrier penetration test

9mm Critical Duty barrier penetration test

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    9mm Critical Duty barrier penetration test

    I've been carrying Critical Duty 9mm ammo for a while now because of its claimed superior performance in barrier penetration. I decided to see if it lived up to the lofty performance claims I've read about online. One article in Shooting Illustrated claimed the 9mm Critical Duty round could punch through a sheet of 16ga steel and still penetrate 25.5" of 10% gel! Really? If so, that's impressive given without any barriers standing in the way of the bullet the best I've seen is about 20" of penetration from the 9mm Critical Duty.

    I also ran my former carry round, the 147gr Gold Dot, through the same battery of tests to see how it compared.

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    Good one-on-one comparison. Seems either would be effective if properly applied. Thanks.
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    ...I'm going to find some 147gr Gold Dot and get rid of the Winch Ranger 127gr+P+ I've been carrying in my KP95DC...no need for that heavy recoil...thanks for the test...

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    As always, fantastic video! Also important is the empirical quality of your test.

    This reaffirms what I've lived by: use the heaviest load for caliber your pistol will reliably cycle. Speer 147 gr. performed admirably.

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    You do good stuff.
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    Great comparison and great video!! Reinforces my like of the gold dots

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    Thanks for the post. Sounds like some are making claims, (16 ga. steel then passing through 25.5 in. of gel) that could be flirting with undesirable in a defensive round.
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    Yup, been carrying the 147gr stuff for years. My mantra, go heavy or stay home.
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    Shooting through barriers is not my style. Looks like I need more training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottabkiddin View Post
    Yup, been carrying the 147gr stuff for years. My mantra, go heavy or stay home.
    I'll use that on my next doctor's visit and let you know how that works out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doghandler View Post
    Shooting through barriers is not my style. Looks like I need more training.
    No additional training necessary. If you get into a gunfight where the bad guy is taking cover vs. just stand there waiting for you to shoot him, try coaxing him out with something enticing. Carry some candy in your pocket or toss a $20 bill out on the pavement, that might draw him out so you can shoot him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I'll use that on my next doctor's visit and let you know how that works out.
    I'm sure you'll receive some pretty strange looks sitting there in the waiting room chanting that one.
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    IIRC, the FBI wants 12 inches minimum, with 15 desired. 18 is considered the upper limit, as more than that increases risk of over penetration.

    Would be interesting to test those loads in bare gel, and in denim and/or leather covered gel. And hey - how about some auto glass?

    Point being that ammo cannot do everything well...no matter how the engineers try.

    I would be a bit concerned about overpenetration with this load. Thanks for doing the test, as I was thinking about this load myself. Think I'll stick with Federal EFMJ in the "LEO" 124 gr +P variety. Good results even from short barrels were posted on GoldenLoki, before he shut his site down. But I also have a stash of 147 gr Gold Dots laying around...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitaryArms View Post
    No additional training necessary. If you get into a gunfight where the bad guy is taking cover vs. just stand there waiting for you to shoot him, try coaxing him out with something enticing. Carry some candy in your pocket or toss a $20 bill out on the pavement, that might draw him out so you can shoot him.
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    Sorry to burst the bubble, but your test was nothing even close to how the FBI protocol tests are done, the shots are taken from 10 feet from the barrier .. Below you can find how the testing is suppose to be done.... But I give ya props for the great video, I found that the critical duty is nothing special I tested it and had very disappointing results, even shot from my G34 and G21, and G23. I'll stick with my Federal HST and Barnes solid copper bullets,

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