Ballistic gelatin test results : .380ACP FMJ and SWC denim test (Kel-Tec P32)


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Brass Fetcher
November 15, 2007, 10:45 PM
Cartridge : .380ACP 95gr Federal American Eagle FMJ and 95gr Winchester 'WWB' truncated cone

Firearm : Kel-Tec P3AT with 2.75" barrel length

Block calibration : All depths corrected (From 7.6cm @ 574 ft/sec)

Test Weather Conditions : 45degF, 45% humidity and 5mph wind gusts. Diffuse sunlight.

All shots fired from 10' distance. Block was faced with 4 layers of heavy denim fabric to simulate the strain on the bullet from penetrating heavy winter clothing. In order to keep in sync with the photos of the bullets, the test results will start with 'shot 4'.

Shot 4 - 95gr Winchester 'WWB' truncated cone. Impacted at 776 ft/sec, penetrated to 16.0" and was recovered at the base of a second gelatin block placed ~ 4.0" away from the rear of the first block. Bullet was recovered undeformed, with no expansion apparent.

Shot 5 - 95gr Federal American Eagle FMJ. Impacted at 741 ft/sec, penetrated to 18.4" and was recovered undeformed with no expansion apparent. No yawing was apparent during the entire penetration track.
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Kindrox
November 16, 2007, 09:35 AM
That is a lot more penetration than I would have thought. Makes me feel a little better about the wife's gun.

JERRY
November 16, 2007, 09:59 AM
FMJ in just about anything penetrates fairly well which is why most advise it for small caliber guns over a h.p. that if it expands will most likely not give the FBI "recommended" penetration wanted.....

look at the lowly .25acp 50gr. FMJ @ 800 fps~, penetrates about 12" of bare gelatin.

good work JE!

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