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|Bullet Weight||124 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1220|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||410|
In order to find out how different self-defense handgun loads perform, we decided to do some ballistics gelatin testing of our own. The chart below is a compilation of expansion and penetration data for Speer 124 Gold Dot +P fired from 10 feet, through four layers of fabric (to simulate clothing), using a Smith & Wesson M&P9C pistol.
The photo slider provides a close-up view of the bullets we recovered from the gelatin, and the video shows this load entering the gel in extreme slow motion.
The diagrams at the bottom of the page can give you an idea of how this load compares to other 9mm Luger (9x19) self-defense loads that we tested.
We did a lot more of this ballistic gelatin testing, including over 100 different loads in a variety of calibers, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for all the details.
|9mm - +P - 124 gr JHP - Speer Gold Dot - 20 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||15.9||15.9||16||17.7||18.4|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.49||0.53||0.53||0.53||0.54|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||123.4||123.5||123.8||124.2||124.4|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1123||1135||1142||1150||1156|
I trust it
Review by Chris
This was one of the first defensive pistol rounds I bought. My Glock 19 has fired 200 of these with zero malfunctions. It can rapid fire these from the 33 round mag with no problems. Ballistic tests are strong. Cops use them. What else do you want to know.
They are expensive, so there's that. But if you have to use these for defending yourself, I'm not sure you could do any better.
(Posted on 2/24/2020)
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Consistent and Accurate
Review by flynbenny
This is the round I carry in all my 9x19 pistols. Very consistent, when I have tested over a chronograph the Standard Deviation is always in the single digits no matter how hot or cold it is.
Shoots to point of aim, very accurate even in Glock barrels, I have gotten around 3” off a rest at 25 yards with a stock 17. Never had a malfunction or misfire with any Gold Dot load I’ve ever shot.
Not the least expensive round out there, but the performance justifies the cost.
(Posted on 6/23/2018)
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flat as a dime at 200 yds.
Review by andy
I bought these in lots of 250 rounds loose ammo some years back . They open to same diameter at 2 feet or 25 yds. They will hit a ram from rest with pistol at 200 yds and open to dime size with concave bottom convex lead on one side copper on other. The more you shoot the better it gets.
(Posted on 11/17/2017)
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Review by Glock19Gen3
This is my personal defense ammunition. The velocity and energy are great for a 9mm, 1220 feet per second at the muzzle (slightly less for short barrels) and 410 lbs energy. What then puts this round over the top for performance is weight retention due to it being a bonded bullet. I keep all 7 - 15 round mags and my 2 - 33 round mags for my Glock 19 filled with 124 grain Speer gold dot +p at all times, pricey but worth it.
(Posted on 6/21/2017)
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Gold Dot is the most consistent ammo I've ever used
Review by ZacC
After reading multiple reviews, and also doing my own tests, the Speer Gold Dot is the most consistent ammo I've ever used. Every review shows Gold Dot's consistency in performance and penetration. I always seem to get good groupings at the range, regardless of caliber and gun. I once took a hand sledge and flattened four 44 caliber bullets I wanted to hand load for hunting. They all were flattened to less than 1/16". The jackets never separated and all of the, retained greater than 94% of their original weight. I've used nothing else but Speer since then.
(Posted on 3/14/2017)
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The best 9mm SD ammo on the market.....
Review by SpaceGhost2112
The Speer Gold Dot 124gr. + P is the best 9mm round for SD/ HD on the market today.
(Posted on 10/12/2016)
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Great, great performer
Review by Virtualkelly
Although you may like the HST, this 9mm Gold Dot bullet performs better in civilian defense settings. With 16" of penetration and great expansion, it does the trick. Plus, note the dual channel created on the gel test at 12". Few do this. Extraordinary. For 9mm, this is the one for me.
(Posted on 2/23/2016)
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Folks, what do you want out of your ammo?
Review by Adman
Frankly, this ammo does what you want for self defense. It penetrates to 16". It expands. It doesn't over-perform like some brands looking for the next LE contract. I have researched them all and this round is terrific for this caliber for personal defense.
(Posted on 2/23/2016)
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Review by Glockman43
I have been carrying this round for over 15 years and will bet my life on it. I carried this load when I was a L.E.O...I has very good stats involving street shooting and officer involved shootings. This is the duty load for the NYPD.
(Posted on 12/7/2015)
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I love this stuff!
Review by Zubes
A friend turned me on to it after he spent some time with a ballistics expert. He was telling me these do not fragment like other JHP rounds. The +P is great ... even my wife shoots it without a problem. If the Peoples Republic of MD were a shall issue state this would be my carry round. Suffice it to say this is my self-defense round in everything at home.
Since this is twice the price as range ammo, I don't shoot it often, But in ~200rnds it has been 100% reliable.
(Posted on 1/8/2014)
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Review by Chuck
Fires great, stopping power I need ... no worries. I get a few extra boxes of these to make sure my wife is comfortable with them at the range ... so not surprised if needed. It seems like it is not stocked often, so I get it when I can.
(Posted on 10/31/2013)
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