Lehigh Defense makes an extreme penetrator that is the closest thing to armor piercing. The projectile is solid copper with a special design that increases penetration over standard round nose or flat nose bullets. If you want to see how well these penetrators work, watch this video.
Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator 9 mm Ammo Ballistic Get Test
Another competitor in the inexpensive ($0.20/round) steel cased ammo is Pobjeda Technology out of Bosnia. Their 9mm ammo is steel cased with a copper jacket 115 grain bullet. The primers are non-corrosive and boxer type.
Pobjeda Technology is a munitions manufacturer located in Gorazde, Bosnia. They are ISO 9001 compliant, which is a huge deal. ISO 9001 is a very high quality standard.
Pobjeda Tech 9mm ammo comes in 100 rounds cans and 1000 round cases. The 115 grain bullet is loaded to 1150 fps.
Wolf WPA 9mm ammo is loaded with polymer coated steel cases and FMJ bullets. This ammo is ideal for training, target practice and SHTF type scenarios. The primers are Berdan style and non-corrosive. The steel cases are low carbon annealed steel and will not harm any gun barrel or chamber. The steel cases are coated with a polymer to prevent corrosion, assist in smooth feeding and easy extraction.
WPA ammunition is manufactured in Russia, Ukraine and Serbia in some of the largest ammunition plants in the world. It is not low quality, cheap ammo.
I have shot many rounds of WPA ammo in my Glock and it has been 100% reliable.
There are a lot of choices in 9mm home defense ammo but what is the best or most effective?
There are a few considerations to think about before you chose home defense ammunition. Here are some:
Reliability in your gun
Quick expansion to maximize tissue destruction
Home defense ammunition must be 100% reliable in your gun. The cartridge must have a lethal combination of bullet weight and velocity. In order to determine this combination, you might want to watch a ballistic gel test to see how the bullet at a certain velocity performs. You don’t want too much penetration…max penetration should be around 14″. Too much penetration and you endanger your neighbors or bystanders. You do not want the bullet to exit the target and go through the walls of your house.
There are quite a few tested 9mm home defense ammunition available. Here are my favorites.
Hornady Critical Duty with the 135 grain FlexLock bullet is a great choice.
Here’s the ballistic gel test video
Remington Golden Saber 9mm Defense Ammo is proven by many LE agencies.
Watch this Golden Saber 9mm ballistic gel test video
Federal Premium 9mm Hydra-Shok home defense/LE ammo
Federal Premium 9mm Hydra-Shok LE defense ammo ballistic gel test video
Hornady Custom 9mm XTP Defense Ammunition. The tried and true XTP bullet is a top performer.