This is a "Combined" edition of the Ammo Quest, as I'm testing both .380 and 9mm in this one video. Therefore, this represents the Thirty-Third in a series of a quest to find the overall best defensive ammunition for modern 9mm pocket pistols (such as the Sig Sauer P938, Taurus PT709, the Ruger LC9, Kahr CM9, Beretta Nano, Kel-Tec PF9 or S&W Shield or any other popular 9mm micro-pistol using a barrel length of approximately 3"). And, it is the Thirty-Seventh installment in the quest to find the best defensive ammunition for modern micro-compact .380 ACP pistols (such as the Taurus TCP 738, the Ruger LCP, Sig P238, Beretta Pico, Kel-Tec P3AT or S&W Bodyguard or any other popular 380 micro-pistol using a barrel length of around 2.8").
In this installment, I am testing the PolyCase ARX Inceptor ammunition, in 56-grain .380 ACP and 74-grain 9mm versions.
I am chronographing the rounds as well as firing multiple rounds per block so that we get a more statistically relevant result, rather than the typical ammo test where only one round is fired. Ammo can behave a bit unpredictably, and the results of any one bullet are not necessarily representative of how the ammunition performs overall.
In this test, I fired two bullets of each type into bare gel, and observed acceptable performance from the .380, and tremendous performance from the 9mm. All the bullets penetrated deeply, and did a surprising amount of damage considering that these are not expanding bullets. I then fired two shots of each in denim-covered gel, and saw excellent performance.
The purpose of this testing is to find which rounds of ammo perform well enough from a short 3" barrel that they can reliably deliver the penetration (with expansion) that has been documented and proven necessary in order for the bullet to be able to reach the vital organs of an attacker and deliver an incapacitating hit.