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Handgun Statistic for Self Defense including Ballistic gel penetration, and one shot stop probability

Posted by AJ Koenes on Feb 14th 2019

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Handgun Statistic for Self Defense

Hello and thank you for watching! What I have here today is a Cedar Mill Fine Firearms report on one shot stop probability and ballistic gel penetration.

Now this chart we designed for military and law enforcement professionals and this is to compare different types of cartridges. You may use in your department to see how they stack up to FBI standards and to aggregate different data that has been accumulated on certain rounds.

So as you can see the first part you have at the very top the header here. You can have different calibers, load types, and bullet types. Down below that you'll have a chart here that compares the ballistic gel penetration per FBI standards to the one shot stop probability of those rounds. If you scroll down even further you'll get granular data on the rounds you have selected so that you can take a look at muzzle energy, muzzle velocity and average incapacitation time which to my understanding is based on a famous European goat experiment. You can take a look at the footnote here to get more information on that but let's get started.

Now I personally have a 357. So if we go here, we can go down to 357 mag and we can select ONLY once that's highlighted. This will display only .357 rounds and it looks like for the chart we have five different rounds here. One two three four five we have over here and under penetration, we have the Glassner Blue which is a frangible round. So it's understandable that it's under penetrating. And then over on the recommended depths we have the Remington, the Federals, ooks like a Gold Saber and a medium velocity. So, you can highlight the dot. The dots represent the grain of the bullets and once you highlight it it'll give you specific data on that round. Now if we scroll down it'll tell you the caliber of course. What type of firearm it was tested with, the loads of the type of bullets like grains, energy, velocity, incapacitation time. Now, another approach is is if you have several different firearms and you're trying to choose which round, we can select all the rounds again. We can go over to bullet types and let's say we're just interested in jacketed hollow points. We will select that and then we'll isolate all jacketed hollow points. If we want to go further we can go to the loads. I'm a fan of the Hydra-Shok so we will do only Hydra-Shoks that will narrow it down to five rounds as you can see by that five.

And if we go back to this chart, it looks like three of those five rounds have chart data on one shot stop and ballistic penetration. It looks like we have the 40 Smith and Wesson the 10mmand the .380. Now it looks like both those have pretty high one stop shots except the Hydra-Shok falls behind and under penetration and it's below 75 percent in one shot stop probability. If we scroll down to the chart, we'll have the one missing round I believe that's the Hydra-Shok right here and that we'll give you more data looks like it has a little bit less muzzle velocity and then incapacitation times for the Hydra-Shoks are unavailable but for that Hydra-Shok for the 380 and the 40 Smith and Wesson looks like around 10 seconds and around eight seconds. So, this hopefully will give you valuable information into the rounds that your department carries and help lead to better decisions for your department.

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