This product is brass-cased, boxer-primed, non-corrosive, and reloadable. It is both economical and precision manufactured by an established European (Italian) cartridge producer.
|Bullet Weight||115 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Use Type||Self Defense|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1175|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||353|
|Cost Per Round||36.5¢ per round|
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- Comparable to Other JHP Rounds Review by Patrick
Quality Performance Value
I am pleased with the performance and reliability of these rounds out of our guns. The feel much like Federal HST or Hi-Shoks and perform on target much the same. If you randomly swapped these rounds with the HST 124 I would not be able to tell the difference from the shooting alone - usually I can. Feed and fire is clean and I have had no issues to date. I generally need several hundred rounds per gun before I am comfortable with carrying the load, and these all meet muster.
I won't even get into the dregs of "terminal performance" and the internet ninja-ry that goes with such discussions. I'll let others make such foolish comparisons. All I can say is that these expand when they hit, just like they should. The numbers say they have the same energy as the more popular rounds, and they do all this at a better price. Sold.
One difference between these and the HST rounds (which I also like) is that the jackets on these do separate when they hit steel, whereas the HST rounds generally stay bonded to the lead. The Fiocchi lead stays solid and does not fragment - the jacket is the only thing that seems to drop off, and it only does so on impact. I checked for the normal tell-tale signs of early separation and have even fired these through suppressors with no concerns.
What does this mean?
In my view: nothing. Again...not a self-claimed expert on such things, but only add this data point for those who think they are. In my view, such separation is a problem more for the receiving party than for the shooter. Other quality rounds from firms like Federal - outside the HST line - also do the same thing.
Guns: Kahr PM9; Glock 19 and Glock 26
Suppressors: AAC and SilencerCo
FWIW, these are supersonic rounds and you will therefore hear the sonic crack even with a suppressor. The Federal HST 135 and 147s will run subsonic for those who care. But they are expensive. (Posted on 7/3/12)