Originally Posted by MoHawk
Thanks for all the feedback Guys! I have yet to fire Defensive rounds through it, as money is tight. However, I will do that at the earliest possible time. I want to make sure that JHP rounds feed and fire without issues. I make no excuses for my lack of initial range time, as was mentioned. Thank you for not giving me too hard of a time about it. I'll keep you guys posted about my future with this gun.
Drawing from a holster and shooting at 21 feet without sights was mentioned. The range near me does not allow unholstering to shoot. The gun can come out of the holster only initially. I'm kind of limited with my range options near me.
I also wrote a review on the LC9 here on the site a few months back. Yours was very good. When I bought mine last spring, they were not including the takedown tool. I had to buy that on it's own,..but Mine came with two mags (they were doing that at the time).
So far I have found only 4 Brands of SD rounds that do not 'Hang" up the action after 4-7 rounds during the course of our testing.
I know,..this is expensive to do, but if not me, then who?
I used 5 different 9mm's for the testing: Ruger LC9(3-1/8th" barrel) Ruger SR9(4-1/8") S&W 569(4") and 2 "92's" a Beretta & a Taurus,..(around 5")
The Hornady Critical Defense....IMHO,..(and I'm Not Jeff Cooper, Elmer Keith, Mas Ayoob, just a Guy who has been shooting on & off for almost 45 Years)..THIS is the Best SD ammo to come on the Market since the MagTech's 15+ years ago.
I managed to get 125 rds. of this last year (50 in 38 & 75 in 9mm) and grabbed some more a few weeks back(50 more 9mm)
so I was able to shoot 50 rds. of this between the 5 9mm's i'm testing with. While this is not the full review,..I will post as many of the pics as I can at that time. I will say that at 4 yards(12 feet), 7 yards(21 feet), & 10 yards(30 feet), The Critical Defense gave the tightest grouping(7/8ths of an inch at 4 yards, 1 inch at 7 yards, and less then 1.5 inches at 10 yards.
The Speer Gold Dot....The Golds have been around for well over 15 years also, but although the Gold dots had better expansion then most of the other brands, the groupings in the shorter tubes were wider by almost an inch. Still,..they are a bit less costly then the Hornady & Remington's Golden Sabers, which we also tested, but did not fare as well in 9mm as I expected, comparing them to
their offering in 38+P. For the list price, stick with the lesser cost LAWMAN ammo from Speer...
The Dynamic Research Technologies Frangibile.....These rounds have great "Shock-power," but we could not get a tight group no matter what we did with these rounds. Still,..I ordered 60 more rounds for myself, Because in the longer barreled guns the groups
were better, if still not as "tight" as I wanted.
The Finnocchi XTP(both Weights-115Gr. JHP & 124Gr. JHP) This Ammo surprised me the most,..for the cost($16 for 25 rds.) This is well designed, and properly seated & "charged" while the groups were still wider then the Hornadys', Expansion was well balanced, and Energy was off the chart!
The full review is still a few weeks away, but will also contain 38/357(for comparison), 40S&W, 45ACP, and I believe also 357SIG.
Aside from Paper & Flat reactive(shoot n C) targets shot indoors, we also shot Outdoors at 10 yards with Bowling Pins & Watermelons placed on a 3ft high table on level ground. Special thanks to TekGreg for his help in testing at his end,..and to my Pal Lyle, an OEF & IEF vet, who is not a member here yet but maybe soon.