Posted by Wade's Guns on December 01, 2017

How much research and testing have you done to ensure that the ammo in your carry gun is worth relying on? Not just the ammo itself, but that specific load with your specific gun? Thankfully, the folks at have done some seriously exhaustive testing on different loads and their performance through sub-compact guns. To be specific, they followed the FBI standard ballistic testing protocols for .380Auto, 9mm Luger, .40S&W, and .45ACP using sub 4" barrels. The shorter barrel lengths tested are more likely to match firearms carried by the average CCW civilian. The FBI testing protocols work great for "Duty Sized" handguns, which typically have 4-5" barrel lengths, but the shorter barrels of a sub-compact gun will have a lower bullet velocity than that of a "Duty Gun." This can cause rounds that perform well in one gun to not achieve the same results in another. If you're a nerd like we are, the write-up on how and exactly what they did to collect their results is fascinating. If you just want to get to the meat of the article, you can scroll to the bottom where they have pictures and numbers to make the results from each load tested crystal clear.

See how your carry ammo stacks up, and which loads might work better for your defensive gun of choice!