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Old February 19, 2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Speer Gold Dot 180gr 40S&W Gel Test Results






Finished up the testing of the Speer Gold Dot 180gr 40 S&W (#53962) round. Here are the conditions and results.

Test conditions:
-Glock 35
-Test rounds fired from 10 feet
-"FBI spec" Clear Ballistics gel block
-4 layers of denim

Results:
-1036 FPS, 429 FT/LBS energy
-16'' of penetration
-Recovered weight: 180gr


Here's the video showing the test, the permanent cavity, and a discussion of the results:

Speer Gold Dot 180gr 40S&W Gel Test HD Video Link
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Old February 19, 2013, 11:36 PM   #2
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Great video, could you test this with a Glock 27 and see how much difference from the barrels you get? Thanks!
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Old February 20, 2013, 01:43 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'm eventually going to do some short barrel tests but I just wanted to get a baseline laid down first.
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Old February 20, 2013, 05:52 PM   #4
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I read that skin equates to aprox 4 inches of muscle. I don't recall the reference. So does that imply that 16" penetration of gel block is about 16" - 4" equivalence skin = 8" depth into a person? Or is the reason of 4 layers of denim is to equate clothing and the skin impact area? I am 5'10" @ 200 Lbs. I am 11" thick from chest to back. Assume no bones or cartilage was hit, does the 16" gel depth imply a pass thru of my 11" chest to back?

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Old February 20, 2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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Hey, neat, this is my nightstand load! Thanks for testing it.
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Old February 22, 2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for the review and thanks for including the chrono data. The Gold Dots sure look nice when they expand like that.
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Old February 22, 2013, 11:39 PM   #7
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Great info, thank you for sharing. I'm glad I have a bunch of it.
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Old February 23, 2013, 01:49 PM   #8
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Excellent. I was considering some of these for my XDM. I think I will now.
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Excellent. I was considering some of these for my XDM. I think I will now.
Tough to go wrong with Gold Dots.
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