Step 1) Measure and record temperature and relative humidity.
Step 2) Run a 5 shot velocity average over a ProChrono Digital Chronograph at a distance of 10 feet.
Step 3) Run first bare gel test shot into a block of Clear Ballistics Gel that is calibrated to 10% Ordnance Gel density. Shot distance is 10 feet.
Step 4) Run second test shot through 4 layers of 14 oz/yard heavy-weight denim. Shot distance is 10 feet.
Step 5) Repeat steps 3 to 4 with alternate barrel length.
Step 6) Run a 600 fps calibration test bb shot into the Clear Ballistics gel block and record penetration depth.
Video Documentation of the Entire Test from Range to Bullet Recovery:
My Thoughts on This Load:
The one positive performance characteristic was that the load met the manufacturers published velocity specification when fired from a similar length test barrel. I was really surprised to see the bullets repeatedly fail to expand in my test. I was hoping for performance similar to the 125 grain 9mm +P load from this same ammunition line. The additional problem with core-jacket separation was another unexpected result.
Pick or Pan:
Based on this test series of 4 shots taken from a single box, I would pan this one for failing to expand and for core-jacket separation when it did expand. These undesirable traits are unacceptable from a premium priced defensive load.
Disclaimer....This test should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation for the product(s) tested. All tests represent actual performance in ballistics testing media. Terminal performance in all other media will show different results. It is up to each individual to make their own personal decision on 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 or +P+ should only be used in firearms that have been certified by the manufacturer as safe for the additional pressures generated by these ammunition types.