Walk into just about any mass retailer that sells ammo, and you will probably find several boxes of these on the shelf. Sold in bulk packs of 100 rounds per box, I can usually find this available in one of several local locations if I'm looking for some ammo before heading out to the range. One thing that I've not found is plentiful information about how this JHP round performs in terminal testing. Perhaps it's the very reasonable price point that keeps people away from doing any serious testing on this load. I'm more open-minded and since Remington is an Arkansas company, I decided to give the home team, and their product, a thorough terminal test.
Pistol Specs:Kahr PM9 with 3" barrel
My testing process is pretty simple. I take one shot at the end of a SIM-TEST block that is loosely draped with 2 layers of medium weight denim. I take the shot from 8 feet away and impact velocity is measured 2 inches away from the SIM-TEST block. My SIM-TEST blocks are now closely calibrated to 10% ballistics gel density. I shoot the blocks at the range and then bring them home and recover the bullets. Immediately prior to the terminal test, I shoot a five shot velocity test string from 8 feet over a Competition Electronic ProChrono Digital chronograph.
I was actually pleased that the test shot velocity was lower than any of the velocity test shots. Not that a few feet per second velocity is going to make a big difference, but it did demonstrate that this bullet consistently expands at right around the 1000 fps mark. The terminal performance should be representative of what you can expect from this load. The video below documents the entire test from range testing to bullet recovery.
When I tested this load in May 2012 my comments were:
"For a bargain defense round, I can't find much fault with this loading. The only real fault I can find is the wide variation of velocities from the three different boxes I sampled. I shoot quite a bit of this ammo and previously captured velocity of two 5 shot strings with two different DB9 barrels. Both strings averaged 1063 and you can find that test HERE. The good news is that when penetration testing our slowest shot (1062 fps), it still expanded and penetrated over 12" after passing through two layers of denim.
Getting decent performance from a widely available ammo that's affordable enough to practice with, and also carry, really elevates this ammo to one I need to keep around. The fact that it also works great in Diamondback DB9s is just icing on the cake!"
Since my Spring testing, Walmart has increased the price on this load by about $2 a box of 100. I still think it's an outstanding bargain that will run in just about any pocket 9mm I've tried it in. The one exception is the Sig P938, but that pistol has extraction problems with many different ammo varieties. Since May, I've stacked away a few extra rainy day boxes of this load and I was happy to see that it again performed well in testing even with its anemic velocity and energy.
The first photo below shows the recovered rounds from the three times I've tested this load. The second photo has the stats for the February and May tests. Back in February, I wasn't capturing penetration data.
I continue to carry this load exclusively in my Diamondback DB9 because it has proven to be more reliable than any other round I've tried in that pistol. This round may not have the pedigree or gee-whiz factor of the high dollar state of the art defense rounds, but I value this round for its reliability and consistent terminal performance over multiple tests. The box to box velocity variation is concerning, but that just means I need to run a magazine full over the chronograph whenever I open a new box. Technically, each new box could be a new production lot and we should all be doing that with our carry rounds anyway.
Disclaimer....This test should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation for the product(s) tested. It is up to each individual to make their own personal decision about which specific ammunition to use for their needs. It's also critically important to test any ammo in YOUR SPECIFIC FIREARM before relying on it for any purpose. Ammunition labeled as +P should not be used in any firearm unless the firearm manufacturer specifically states you are permitted to do so.