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Improvements in Handgun Ammunition

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 64 Issue: 1 Dated: (January 1995) Pages: 1-5
W E Stone
Date Published
5 pages
This article compares tests results from 1989 and from 1992 on three common cartridges used by police officers: the .45 Auto, the 10mm Auto, and the 9mm Auto.
To examine the relative improvement in cartridges, the three best ammunition types per caliber were selected based on their wounding value. An average wounding value per caliber and test year was computed for each cartridge. The average wounding value of the three best .45 Auto cartridges increased by 63 percent over the 3- year test period. Accuracy indexes also rose slightly between 1989 and 1992. Wounding value and accuracy both improved in the 10mm Auto cartridges tested. While the 9mm Auto cartridges also improved on both counts, the improvement was not as significant as in the other types of ammunition. This result is probably attributable to the fact that the 1989 test included the 9mm 147 grain HydraShok bullet, which at that time was so superior to its competitors that test averages were biased upwards. 3 tables and 5 notes