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Ballistic gelatin test results : 5.7x28mm (PS90 and 5.7) heavy clothing test

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Brass Fetcher, May 22, 2007.

  1. Brass Fetcher

    Brass Fetcher Participating Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Eastern border of the United States
    Special thanks to J.K. for sponsoring this test in full.

    Cartridge : SS195 FMJ and SS197 ballistic tip

    Firearm : FN PS90 rifle and FN 5.7 (5.7x28mm) pistol

    Block calibration : Depths corrected where noted (From 9.4cm @ 587 ft/sec)

    The SS195 and SS197 cartridges were tested from both a 5.7x28mm rifle and handgun against bare gelatin and heavily-clothed gelatin (4 layers of 14.1 ounce denim fabric) at 10' distance.

    Shot 1 - FN PS90 firing SS197 at bare gelatin. Shot impacted at 2054 ft/sec, penetrated to 9.6" (corrected) and was recovered at 26.9gr weight and
    0.373" average diameter.

    Shot 2 - FN PS90 firing SS197 at heavy clothing. Shot impacted at 2063 ft/sec, penetrated to 9.2" (corrected) and was recovered at 23.2gr weight and 0.352" average diameter. Please note that the maximum penetration depth was for a small bullet fragment - the major part of the bullet penetrated to 9.0" depth (corrected).

    Shot 3 - FN 5.7 firing SS197 at heavy clothing. Shot impacted at 1932 ft/sec, penetrated to 10.6" (corrected) and was recovered at 25.8gr weight and 0.312" average diameter.

    Shot 4 - FN PS90 firing SS195 at heavy clothing. Shot impacted at 2128 ft/sec, penetrated to 9.9". Bullet tumbled at 1.2" penetration and righted itself at ~ 5.6" depth. Bullet recovered in one piece at 27.8gr weight.

    Shot 5 - FN 5.7 firing SS195 at heavy clothing. Shot impacted at 1999 ft/sec, penetrated to 9.3" depth with total core/jacket separation. Bullet tumbled at ~ 4.0" penetration and the core and jacket separated tracks at ~ 6.7" depth.


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  2. waffentomas

    waffentomas Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Blue State
    Very nice info on this round.

    It still intrigues me, but I'll stick with bigger, slower, and heavier.

  3. Gordon

    Gordon Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    central Kali.
    A bogus SD round! I am tempted to have you test a .22 Jet 1963 4"revolver against it for a reality check. Nobody but a loony ever suggested the .22 jet was a good antipersonel round, being the sane folk then knew they worked ok on pasture poodles ect. and strained on dogs!:p
  4. Nikon777

    Nikon777 New Member

    Dec 29, 2006
  5. f3rr37

    f3rr37 New Member

    May 10, 2006
    Just a suggestion. You might check out EliteAmmunition.com and try out some of their 5.7x28 ammo, especially the S4 SuperRapTOR.

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