Federal 9mm 124gr +P HST in Clear Balistics gel.


*Note* This test was conducted with Clear Ballistics Gel. Clear Ballistics is a synthetic gel and does not correlate with Organic gelatin like Vyse Ballistics gelatin.

I’ve been meaning to get to this for some time now and finally had the chance today. Plenty of people have asked and now it’s here. I will say there were no surprises and it performed very well as one would expect. The test gun was a Sig P229 with a 3.9-inch barrel. The short barrel test was with a S&W Shield with a 3-inch barrel. Fired at a distance of 10 feet into two 16 inch blocks of Clear Ballistics gel. Velocity was measured using a PACT infrared chronograph. Here is a link to my earlier test with the standard pressure 124gr HST.

Federal 9mm 124gr HST in Clear Ballistics gel.

The first round into the bare gel hit with a velocity of 1174fps  penetrated to 16 inches and expanded to .65 inches. Round two had a speed of 1130fps expanded to .63 inches and went through 16.5 inches.


The first round into heavy clothing didn’t register on the chrony but penetrated to 17.5 inches and expanded to .61 inches.  The second round had a velocity of 1154fps but hit so low in the gel that it hit the table the gel was sitting on so I’m not going to report the penetration or expansion.


Finally, the two rounds fired from the Shield. Round one, into the bare gel, hit at 1106fps penetrated to 15.5 inches and expanded to .61 inches. The second round had a velocity of 1099fps penetrated to 15 inches and expanded to .63 inches.


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