Soft & light: Hornady .38spl 90gr FTX Critical Defense gel test

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    We shoot Hornady .38spl 90gr FTX Critical Defense ammunition from a Smith & Wesson Model 638 with a 2″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight.

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    Bare gel

    Penetration: 10.8″, 12.1″
    Retained weight: 89.6gr, 89.4gr
    Max expansion: 0.441″, 0.455″
    Min expansion: 0.391″, 0.385″

    Heavy clothing

    Penetration: 11.9″, 13.8″, 15.9″
    Retained weight: 89.2gr, 89.1gr
    Max expansion: 0.418″, 0.415″
    Min expansion: 0.374″, 0.368″

    Velocities in fps:
    Average: 902.20
    StdDev: 89.01
    Min: 764
    Max: 978
    Spread: 214


    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 [email protected]