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Wilson Combat 9mm Ammo: Tested

Wilson Combat is well known for custom firearms, but the company also manufactures ammo for personal defense, hunting, and target shooting; here's how their 9mm Luger ammo performed.

Wilson Combat 9mm Ammo: Tested

Wilson Combat 9mm Ammo (Michael Anschuetz photo)

The Wilson Combat High-Performance Tactical 115-grain XTP +P loading has a rated velocity of 1,250 fps out of a 5.0-inch barrel. The High-Performance Tactical 124-grain XTP +P is rated at 1,200 fps out of a 5.0-inch barrel. The High Performance 135-grain HBFN is rated at 955 fps out of a 5.0-inch barrel. The 147-grain RN Optimized for Compact pistols (OFC) loading has a factory-rated velocity of 890 fps out of a 4.0-inch barrel. And the Subsonic 147-grain XTP is rated at 1,050 fps out of a 5.0-inch barrel. The velocities I obtained ranged from 3 to 66 fps less than the factory ratings, but keep in mind my barrel was shorter and I measured them 12 feet from the muzzle.

Most of the loads I fired are loaded with Hornady’s excellent XTP bullet. It’s an effective expanding hollowpoint self-defense design. The HBFN bullet is made by Berry’s, and it features a special thick plating developed in conjunction with Bill Wilson to provide optimal functioning. By the way, Wilson has other 9mm loadings that carry Barnes, Speer, and other Hornady bullets; the company also has a number of 9mm match loadings, too.

I used a brand-new Wilson Experior Commander Double Stack 1911 to test the 9mm ammunition, and my results are listed in the accompanying chart. As you can see, the ammo was very consistent, as evidenced by the low-velocity standard deviations. And it was very accurate as well. Amazingly, the smallest five-shot, 25-yard group measured 1.25 inches. It came with the Subsonic 147-grain XTP loading. Function-wise, there were no feeding or extraction problems.

Reliable, accurate, and loaded with bullets that are well-established for providing top-notch terminal ballistic performance, Wilson Combat 9mm Luger ammunition is the kind of ammo you can count on. It provides the excellent performance we have come to expect from Wilson Combat products.

MSRP: $26.95 to $57.95 (depending on loading)


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