We have tested the 9mm Extreme Shock Explosive Entry Fang Face and Air Freedom rounds as made by the Mullins Brothers of Mullins Ammunition. Unlike their standard 9mm jhp +p loading which was tested using the Remington 115gr component bullets the EE and AF rounds produce very different results from the result we usually see from top of the pack handgun ammunition products.
Prior to the testing Jeff Mullins & I corresponded me via email and he informed me that they would provide the ammunition for our own internal tests provided we did not publish the test results as according to their own internal research the tests using properly prepared and calibrated ordnance gelatin would not fully represent his products claims and capabilities. We chose to decline and purchased the ammo independently although Jeff did mail me a CD full of product information and the video of a board reportedly being killed with a .380 EE product.
Oddly enough although we have purchased the EE and AF rounds from three separate retail sources for comparison the bullets do not in fact look like the ones shown in the photos here: http://www.extremeshockusa.com/cgistore/st...nfo.html&setup=
The bullets shown on the web page look very similar in jacketing style to one the late Charlie Kelsey's patented Grabber bullets but the delivered products have a different jacketing cut and style.
From the G17 test pistol the 9MM124FF 124gr loading averaged 1,094fps for the five rounds tested and two and five bullets impacted the test media in a side-ward manner resulting in immediate and nearly complete bullet construction failure and the deepest fragment measured .04" and penetrated to 4.6". The remaining three rounds averaged deepest fragment penetrations of 7.1" and the largest of these fragments was .06".
From the G17 test pistol the 9MM85AFR 85gr loading averaged 1,487fps for the five rounds tested and all five loads impacted 1.9" below POA using our hydraulic rest system at 7 yards. In properly prepared and calibrated ordnance gelatin without any barriers the two test rounds averaged 4.6" of penetration with a very short and abrupt wound channel very closely resembling the initial wound channel of the Double Tap 135gr jhp 10mm loadings we were also testing that day with the obvious loss of the remaining 4.4-5.2" of wound channel volume. To test the anti-penetration capabilities of the AF ammunition we then mounted a 14"x14"x18 gage cold rolled steel test panel 3" in front of the gelatin test media. Three out of three rounds tested penetrated through each 18g steel panel and average gelatin penetration was 3.7" with the vast majority of the bullet becoming fragmenting into a thick powder like form.
In the interest of disclosure the tested ammunition was purchased online from Kieslers for while they were "dumping" the products for $3-$5 for each 5 rd package in early 2004 http://www.kieslersonline.com/onlinestore.asp