Concealed Carry Performance: Short Barrel Speer 9mm 147gr Gold Dot gel test

by Andrew

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We shoot Speer 9mm 147gr Gold Dot ammunition from a Smith & Wesson Shield with a 3.1″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight.

Smith & Wesson Shield


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Bare gel

Penetration: 15.4″, 16.6″
Retained weight: 147.4gr,
Max expansion: 0.601″, 0.579″
Min expansion: 0.370″, 0.366″

Heavy clothing

Penetration: 22.3′, 19.8″
Retained weight: 147.1gr, 146.9gr
Max expansion: N/A, 0.551″
Min expansion: N/A, 0.348″

Velocities in fps:
Average: 897.60
StdDev: 14.08
Min: 882
Max: 911
Spread: 29


Andrew is a combat veteran of OEF and has performed hundreds of ballistic tests for his YouTube channel, The Chopping Block ( 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

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  • Me Me on Apr 18, 2018

    I'd be interested in how these would do with both a suppressed and non-suppressed AR9 pistol. Something you might have in a home defense / urban situation...

  • David S David S on Apr 22, 2018

    Hi Andrew,

    Enough of the 9mm, especially 147 gr and 124 gr, through you could try some 115 gr +P+. I really want to see some lightweight 357 Sig rounds. There is the Ventura Heritage 115 gr (1350 fps) and Lehigh Defense115 gr Extreme Pentrator (1325 fps), that would be a good comparison. Of course the Winchester PDX1 and Speer Gold Dot 125 gr get the same 1350 fps velocity with a heavier bullet, there is another comparison. Might as well throw in the 125 gr Sig V crown (1356 fps) to fill out that comparison. There is also the G2 92 gr (1340 fps) and the Lehigh Defense 90 gr Extreme Defense (1600 fps) that would also be a good comparison. Try one barrel 5" or over and one 3.3-3.5". Those are the rounds from the Ventura Munitions site I want to see.

    I would still like to see these higher velocity rounds as well that show what a lightweight round can do in 357 Sig:

    Cor-Bon 100 gr Powerball 1600 fps
    Grizzly 90 gr JHP 1900 fps
    Double Tap 80 gr TAC-XP 1725 fps