I recently tested several different types of personal defense ammo at the range to see how my trusty pistol, the Glock 45 Gen 5, would handle them. I wanted to find a round that felt right so that I could shoot accurately when it matters most.
Heavy Grain Bullets vs Lighter Grain Bullets
It may be because of my lack of experience and skill, but the heavier rounds (124 grain and up) had a little too much kick to control well. The recoil slowed down my ability to re-aim and fire another shot on target.
In a self defense situation where milliseconds can mean life or death, I prefer the lighter rounds (115 grain) for speed and accuracy.
I know the heavier rounds may have more “knock down” power, but if I’m not able to be accurate and fast I won’t be hitting anything to knock down.
For now I prefer using the lighter ammo until I improve my recoil control skills.
Gear & Ammo Tested
1) Hornady Critical Defense, 9mm Luger 115 grain FTX ammo
Ballistic Gel Tests for Hornady Critical Defense 9mm 115gr ammo
My Opinion on this ammo:
Low recoil gave me better control and faster follow up shots on target
Ballistic Gel Tests done by Lucky Gunner found that this ammo round goes about 10 to 23 inches depending on the test, which is close to the FBI standard for ammo penetration, but a little too far in some tests.
More expensive than the other two ammo varieties tested
May over-penetrate your target in some cases and hit something behind it.