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Ballistic gelatin test results : 9x19mm Hornady 147gr TAP CQ

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Brass Fetcher, Jul 8, 2008.

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  1. Brass Fetcher

    Brass Fetcher Member

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    Special thanks to Gun Slinger for sponsoring this test.
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    Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing

    Test # CS1
    Bare Gelatin Block
    (Nominal 10% concentration)

    Cartridge : Hornady 9x19mm 147gr TAP CQ

    Block Calibration : 3.1 ± 0.05 inch penetration @ 585 ± 0.5 ft/sec

    Block Calibration temperature : 36.9 ± 0.05 Degrees Fahrenheit

    Block Core temperature : 39.5 ± 0.05 Degrees Fahrenheit

    Bullet Performance

    Impact Velocity : 992 ± 0.5 feet/second
    Deepest Penetration Depth : 13.7 ± 0.05 Inch
    Maximum Crack Diameter : 2.5 ± 0.05 Inch
    Max Crack Diameter Location : 2.6 ± 0.05 Inch
    Cavitation Depth : 0.0-10.8 ± 0.05 Inch

    Notes:
    Weapon - Glock 19, with 4.02" barrel length
    Distance - 21.0 feet, muzzle to gelatin impact face
    Test site conditions - 66 deg F, 44% relative humidity
    Time out of refrigeration prior to shot impact - 4 minutes
    Bullet recovered weight - 140.0±0.05gr
    Bullet recovered average diameter - 0.581±0.0005"
    Bullet recovered length - 0.494±0.0005"

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  2. Gun Slinger

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    JE223,

    Excellent test, photos and results!

    I am pleased with not only the actual results of the test itself, but also with the outstanding professional conduct and character displayed by JE223 (Brassfetcher) and his clear, concise communication skills throughout the entire testing process. He is "good people" and definitely "HighRoad".

    This particular ammunition (the 9mm Hornady 147 gr. XTP "CQ" JHP) happens to be my choice for "off-duty" concealed carry and self-defense in my personal Glock 17 and it is nice to see such professional testing reveal exactly what this ammunition is capable of doing.

    I encourage anyone wishing to undertake the task of determining of how their chosen CCW/SD ammunition performs through objective evaluation to consider availing themselves of the superior services offered in that pursuit by www.brassfetcher.com

    The monetary expenditure is well worth the "peace of mind" that comes with knowing how your chosen carry ammunition will perform against various intervening barriers.

    In addition, I hope that everyone viewing this thread will enjoy the educational and informative value of these tests on the 9mm Hornady 147 gr. XTP "CQ" JHP as offered above.

    Regards,
     
  3. Gordon

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    Have you reviewed Ranger +p 127 grain yet? Although this stuff sure locks good! What is up with the dimple texture of the block?
     
  4. IdahoLT1

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    Heres some more 9mm test results. They dont have pictures of the Gelatin, but pictures of the bullets before and after. http://frag.110mb.com/

    Gordon- check out #10. Its a 127gr +P+ Range talon.
     
  5. Gun Slinger

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    Hadn't seen those tests before. Thanks for the link.

    Being the fan of the 147 grain 9mm subsonics that I am, the Federal 147 HSTs' performance in that "unscientific water jug test" strikes me as pretty dang impressive.
     
  6. Gordon

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    BTW I used 147 grain Rangers (issued) to slaughter live stock out of a Beretta 92 for about 5 years a few years back and that weight works very well as does the 158 LSWCHP +p in 4" revolvers- no surprise there!
     
  7. U.S.SFC_RET

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    Not so scientific Winchester whiteball redneck style: :neener:
    By the way I like how you perform that test with the geletin. Way to go.
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  8. Gun Slinger

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    U.S.SFC_RET,

    Well, if I am ever ambushed by a wild herd of zombie tree stumps I'll know what I need to use. :)
     
  9. Brass Fetcher

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    Gordon - The dimple texture that you are seeing is not the block, it is the diffuser panel placed behind the block and between the block and the lights. We use it because it not only spreads out the light, but it provides a linear reference such that it highlights any cracking that may not be apparent from the photograph - in some cases, you cannot see some of the cracking in the gelatin, but you will notice that the straight lines of the diffuser panel are either blurry or visually discontinuous.
     
  10. loplop

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    Neat test. My SIG P239 absolutely LOVES these Hornady TAP 147's. I'm not sure what it is, but it is more accurate and fun to shoot with that round than any other.

    I've been carrying the GDHP 124 +P since having JE223 test them for me, but this reminds me I should pick up a box of TAP at some point. I just wish you could buy them in 50-round boxes. The 25's are so expensive.
     
  11. Gun Slinger

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    loplop,

    I feel you man.

    It would be nice to be able to get them in the 50 round boxes and at a cheaper price, too.

    I believe that the increased accuracy comes largely from the increased bearing surface on the 9mm 147 gr. TAPs that allows a significantly better "bullet to bore" orientation/alignment but, that is simply my speculation on the possible cause of the phenomena and nothing more, take it for whatever you think that it is worth. For the record, the XTP series in both 9mm and .45 A.C.P. across all bullet weights (the 9mm-115s,124s,147s and .45 A.C.P. 230s) produce the best accuracy out of every gun that I own (9mm: Glock 17,19 and HK USP9 and .45 A.C.P.: HK USP45) so there has gotta be something to what we are seeing.

    Check out the other tests on the 147 gr. TAP (more coming I believe) in addition to the ones already posted.

    I have in the offing, a desire to test the Winchester USA 147 gr. JHP (a.k.a. WWB) through a similar battery of evaluations since there are those here who routinely carry them for the purpose of CCW/SD due to budgetary contraints.
     
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