Test Gun: Sig P229, Beretta Nano.
Barrel length: 3.9, 3 inches.
Ammunition: Fiocchi 115gr JHP
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 1080, 1039fps
Gel Temperature 70 degrees.
*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.
The second installment in the 9mm budget series is the Fiocchi Pistol Shooting Dynamics 115gr JHP. The price was $13.99 for a 50 round box from Target Sports U.S.A. This bullet is not a Hornady XTP like Fiocchi’s that come in the 25 round boxes and it’s about half the cost. This load is also on the flashy side.
The Sig gave an average five-shot velocity of 1080fps with a high of 1094fps and a low of 1066fps.
In the Nano, I got an average velocity of 1039fps with a high of 1063fps and a low of 1030fps.
The first round in the bare gel, fired from the Sig P229, had a velocity of 1081fps. It penetrated to a depth of 18.5 inches with a recovered weight of 115.2 grains and a recovered diameter of .48 inches. The second round had a velocity of 1071fps and also penetrated to 18.5 inches. It expanded to .47 inches and came in at 115 grains.
When shot through the gel covered with heavy clothing the first round penetrated 22 inches with a recovered weight of 114.9 grains and a diameter of .49 inches. No velocity reading was recorded. The second round hit the block at 1066fps and penetrated to 23 inches. The recovered diameter was .43 inches and the recovered weight was 115.2 grains.
Out of the Beretta Nano, the first round impacted the bare gel block at 1072fps and penetrated to 20.5 inches. The diameter of the recovered bullet was .46 inches and the recovered weight was 115.2 grains. The chronograph did not get a reading but the bullet also penetrated to 20.5 inches. The recovered weight was 115 grains and recovered diameter was .44 inches.
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