9x18mm gel test: Prvi Partizan 95 gr JHP

Clear Ballistics gel test of 9x18mm Prvi Partisan 95 gr JHP fired from Bulgarian Arsenal Makarov. The “Soviet 9mm” perform out of the classic Soviet pistol.

The 9x18mm round dates back to just after WWII and is about as powerful as a modern .380 ACP round, less powerful than its NATO equivalent, the 9mm NATO.

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Andrew is a combat veteran of OEF and has performed hundreds of ballistic tests for his YouTube channel, The Chopping Block (https://www.youtube.com/user/chopinbloc). He is an avid firearm collector and competitor and lives with his family in Arizona. If you have any questions, you may email him at choppingblocktests@gmail.com


  • Celine

    Im your biggest fan! Good to see a new post of you ♡ .

    • Phillip Cooper

      I smell a troll….

  • Swarf

    These days there are plenty of .380 rounds that penetrate properly *and* expand properly, so you may be a bit behind the curve on that point, Andrew

  • GW

    Hornady Critical Defence 95gr FTX
    Corbon 95gr JHP (discontinued)

  • Bob

    Would love to see a test of ppu 7.62×25 jhp!

    • Nick

      those are wicked little cartridges, especially the surplus SMG ones. Gotta love how the Russians were too cheap to make anything in a different caliber, so they just changed the chamber to different lengths and kept the same bullet diameter for every gun they made (until the AK74 came along)

      • Muzzlehatch

        Not cheap. Smart.

        • Al Wise

          Exactly. Smart. They didn’t have to invest in new boring and rifling machinery and could crank out millions.

          • iksnilol

            And a barrel that wasn’t suitable for a rifle, could be chopped up and used for 2-3 SMGs or several pistols.

            Also makes recycling easy (converting Mosins to carbines by cutting them down, you can use the barrel bits left for SMG barrels).

      • n0truscotsman

        The x25 was arguably one of the first PDW rounds IMO 😛

    • Mike

      A modern polymer high capacity pistol in 7.62×25 please

      • Kalash

        Unfortunately, nobody seeming wants to make them, nor 7.63×25. Such a shame — they’re wicked powerful cartridges that beat armor yet are very easily controllable and not too thick for high capacity.

  • Arie Heath

    Pretty sure Hornady has a critical defense loading in 9 x 18.

    • Nick

      When I first got my CCW, I carried an old Russian Makarov loaded with that. It was good ammo. Never knew whether it would expand well or not. I trusted Hornady.

      I’ve learned my lesson now though, and my current carry pistol and ammo choice are far better.

    • Ed Forney

      They do. And 6-8 holes should stop about anyone if they expand or not.

      • Kivaari

        They expand in people.

        • Ed Forney

          I bought a box of 25 for my Hungarian PA-63 years ago, and still have 25, thankfully.

          • Kivaari

            Several years ago I tested the PA63, Chinese PM, East German PM, Walther PP (.380) and I believe it was a PA62 (the PPK-sized Hungarian) and they all shot equal groups, were all 100% reliable and all worthy of using as an every day carry piece. In particular the German and Chinese Makarovs were well built and handled quite well. If you look at the ballistics of the Hornady 9x18mm ammo, it isn’t all that much slower than 9x19mm. Having seen how well the Hornady load worked in a real person I say the expansion is about as good as anyone should expect.

          • gunsandrockets

            Lucky Gunner Labs tests of the .380 Hornady Critical Defense are very interesting. The Makarov load seems just a touch hotter, so the results you report seem plausible.

          • Ed Forney

            Need to get new springs for my PA63. Last time I shot half a box, the recoil was so bad the web of my hand was bleeding. I guess stronger is in order.

  • Kivaari

    From an actual recovery from a GSW victim I found the Hornady load to perform exactly as desired. The bullet passed through bone and tissue expanding about “as perfect” as I could imagine.

  • Noishkel

    Well truth be told I have carried my CZ-82 when I didn’t have another option. Only real problem is the weight of the thing.

    • Kjk

      Sounded like cannons

  • Caliber50

    I was shooting one day, after hunting, and after getting what I wanted out of the carcass, I decided to put some ammo in it through my REAL Makarov, which happened to be East German.
    I tried factory loads, as I don’t used custom loads for carry, and surprisingly, the only hollow point that expanded also had the most recoil. That was Silver Bear hollow point, in I believe 95grs.
    That would be Great to see y’all test this round in bal. gel!
    Oh, most of my S.Bear rounds expanded on the small side of a little over.40 plus

  • Kjk

    If you want to NOT sound like your promoting a product don’t word it as you just did!

  • iksnilol

    No offense but blocking Prvi Partizan is easy. Most of their ammo is downloaded a bit for longevity’s sake.

  • Kalash

    So if I use 9×18, just get FMJ.

  • Kalash

    It does make penetration minimums.

  • 762x25tokarev

    Handloaded 9x18mm Makarov XTPs.

    That’s what I have in my CZ-82.

    Also was there a control test on the ballistic gel? I have found in my experience that ballistic gel tends to be a bit soft.