9mm Revolver vs. 9mm Automatic: Which is Better?

    In today’s episode of TFBTV, we test the myth that 9mm is weaker out of a revolver due to bleed off. We compare ballistics for the 9mm Ruger SP101 agains the S&W 9mm Shield to put this urban legend to the test.

    SP101 averages:
    1,021fps
    1,009fps
    938fps

    Shield averages:
    1,022fps
    913fps
    898fps

    Ruger SP101

    Ventura 115 grain TMJ
    956fps
    1,053fps
    1,018fps
    1,054fps
    1,025fps
    Average: 1,021.20fps
    StdDev: 39.88fps
    Min: 956fps
    Max: 1,054fps
    Spread: 98fps

    Federal 135 grain Hydra-Shok deep
    1,010fps
    998fps
    1,035fps
    994fps
    Average: 1,009.25fps
    StdDev: 18.46fps
    Min: 994fps
    Max: 1,035fps
    Spread: 41fps

    Speer 147 grain Gold Dot
    941fps
    942fps
    923fps
    945fps
    Average: 937.75fps
    StdDev: 9.98fps
    Min: 923fps
    Max: 945fps
    Spread: 22fps
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    S&W Shield

    Speer 147 grain Gold Dot
    904fps
    890fps
    901fps
    870fps
    923fps
    Average: 897.60fps
    StdDev: 19.48fps
    Min: 870fps
    Max: 923fps
    Spread: 53fps

    Federal 135 grain Hydra-Shok deep
    899fps
    898fps
    929fps
    921fps
    921fps
    Average: 913.60fps
    StdDev: 14.17fps
    Min: 898fps
    Max: 929fps
    Spread: 31fps

    Ventura 115 grain TMJ
    1,022fps
    1,020fps
    1,007fps
    1,041fps
    1,020fps
    Average: 1,022.00fps
    StdDev: 12.19fps
    Min: 1,007fps
    Max: 1,041fps
    Spread: 34fps

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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 [email protected]


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