Recently I was pondering just what kind of expansion I could expect from either my Kimber Micro 9 or my Sig P938. So off into the desert I go with water filled one gallon plastic milk jugs to find out for myself.
Results were identical with both the Kimber and Sig. Impressive using 115gr Critical Defense FTX. Jugs were lined up in a row touching each other and shot at seven yards.
My Sig P938 with recovered bullets:
All recovered bullets penetrated a total of five jugs, for a total penetration of about 35" in water. Bullets all expanded perfectly, looking like magazine ads:
Looking at the fired bullets, I think it's safe to say that "yes Loretta, we indeed DO get reliable expansion from our 3" EDC's".
What was really a show, was the light 90gr bullet load at 2,000 fps in the Civil Defense load....wow! All shooting was done at 7 yards, and I did not get wet until I unleashed these wicked little babies. I got soaked at 21' away from the jugs! What an aquatic show it was!
The milk jug in question shows exactly what I'm referring to:
Only one jug was used, and the bullet exited and was not recovered. Not sure now this load would work being fired through thick clothing, but it sure did perform in a spectacular way in a water filled milk jug.
Defense ammo for the 9mm sure has come a long way. Results shooting the FTX in my Kimber Ultra CDP in .45 had the same results. Expansion in the .45 resulted in bullets measuring over .60 to .70 caliber.....impressive to say the least!
We've got some great ammo options available to us today.