124 gr. FMJ-FN – (1,300 fps/M.E. 465 ft. lbs.)
20 Round Box
Our 9MM +P+ PENETRATOR 124gr. FMJ-FN has two basic purposes.
When I carry a defensive/offensive handgun, I consider that should I be required to shoot another human, if I don’t kill him on the first couple shots, he will get behind cover. So, generally speaking, I will load two or three JHP cartridges to be fired first from my magazine, but all cartridges in the magazine after the first few, will be FMJ-FN so if my target is taking refuge behind a stick frame wall or a sofa or a car door, etc, I can shoot through his cover and kill him. JHP bullets may or may not penetrate various types of cover.
FMJ-FN bullet designs are great for woods carry where a person may need to shoot a bear or other wildlife that requires deep penetration. I often carry a 45 ACP pistol in the woods and when I do the entire magazine and chamber are loaded with FMJ-FN cartridges. Even though I may need my “woods” pistol to fend off a human attacker, I have no hesitation that good flat nosed FMJ style bullets (this includes hard cast bullets) are effective against humans, so I see no disadvantage in carrying non-expanding bullets in my defensive pistols.
Flat nosed non-expanding bullets crush their way through flesh and bone. This crushing action keeps them nose forward, so not only do they cause considerable damage, but they stay nose-forward and penetrate straight-line and by staying “straight”, they end up penetrating deep. On the other hand, round nose non-expanding bullets tend to slip and slide through tissues doing little damage along their path. This slipping through tissues also allows the bullet to get somewhat sideways as it penetrates. This causes the bullet to veer in directions other than perfectly forward and this sideways action, limits penetration in varying ways and can certainly destroy straight-line penetration. While it seems counter-intuitive, a bullet with a small flat (meplat) on the nose will not only do much more damage than a round nose bullet, but it will penetrate straight and therefore deeper.
Our new 9mm +P+ PENETRATOR FMJ-FN (item # 24F) is a load I came up with for my personal use and which I have carried for many years. I have just recently decided to introduce it to the public because of elevated demand for such a load. It is loaded with flash suppressed powders as are our other 9mm loads. As always, see the below real world velocities taken from my personal pistols, not laboratory test barrels.
- Category : Centerfire Handgun Rounds
- Caliber : 9mm Luger
- Bullet Type : Full Metal Jacket Flat Nose
- Bullet Weight : 124 GR
- Muzzle Energy : 465 ft lbs
- Muzzle Velocity : 1300 fps
- Rounds Per Box : 20
- Boxes Per Case : 12
- Application : Performance/Protection
- Casing Material : Brass
- Rating : +P+