Concealed Carry Magazine Senior Editor Ed Combs discusses overpenetration in this assessment of Federal’s Hydra-Shok 147-grain 9mm jacketed hollow-point. What does he think after testing?

Best-Known Ammo

Federal’s Hydra-Shok line of ammunition is one of the best-known in the business for a very good reason: After almost 30 years on the market, it remains one of the most commonly selected cartridges by both law enforcement officers and private citizens.

These 147-grain jacketed hollow-points penetrated 19 inches into two blocks of ballistic gel when sent from a Glock 19, and the controlled expansion of the bullet’s nose is what we’ve come to expect from these cartridges.

147-Grain Federal Hydra-Shok Stats

Muzzle Velocity: 1,000 feet per second
Muzzle Energy: 325 foot-pounds
MSRP: $23.99/20

The Big Three

Federal’s Hydra-Shok ammunition, which first hit the defensive handgunning scene in the late 1980s, meets the “big three” criteria for defensive cartridges. The rounds themselves are very consistently loaded, so they are accurate. They expand consistently, so they retain their mass in the target. And they penetrate deeply, so they will stop an attack quickly.

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