2016-17 Joint Agency Ballistics Test for Defensive Handgun Ammunition (pdf)


Dynamic Munitions 9mm Ballistics Test (pdf)




We perform Wound Ballistics testing and analysis for Federal, State and Local agencies as well as private security companies.   

Armor testing is done in conjunction with manufacturers and local stores that sell mainly to law enforcement.  No reports are made public of our armor testing.

Round capture analysis is a detailed examination of rounds after passing thru different media.  We measure weight retention, deformation,  fragmentation and perform wound channel analysis.  Several manufacturers like this for engineering and product development, especially with new designs. This is particularly important with hollow points in trying to correct the high failure rate. 


Tests and Reports available for Military and Law Enforcement (LE/Mil), contractor and ammunition manufacturer only. Contact us with agency information to receive your free copy of any of the following test reports or presentations

1. Six Federal Hollow Point Tests Compilation Report

2. Ballistic Ratio Presentation

3. Solid Copper Armor Test Composite Spreadsheet

4. 5.7mm Terminal Performance Test and Report

5. 2018 9mm FTM Test

6. 2019 5.7mm LE/Mil Wound Ballistics and Armor Test

7. 2019 Solid Copper Defensive Ammunition-Wound Ballistics Test

8. 2019 Solid Copper Defensive Ammunition-Wound Ballistics Test #2

9. US Secret Service Wound Ballistics Analysis for 2020 

Tests and Reports available to the public. (Downloadable above)

1. 2018 Dynamic Munitions 9mm Ballistics Test and Report

2. 2016/17 Joint Agency Ballistic Test For Defensive Handgun Ammunition 

The largest Federal Ballistics test ever performed.   It started in March of 2016 and finished in October 2017.  Coordinating multiple federal, state and local agencies, contractors, gun stores and weapons instructors. All phases and tests were conducted with at least 1 camera man, one chief tester and one assistant for quality control and multiple measurements. No averages were calculated unless at least 4 rounds were fired per phase. All failures were included in the data with no "flyers" being removed.  


Ballistic Test Protocol :                     

Phase 1: Chrono for velocity, Reliability and Consistency 

Phase 2: FBI calibrated ballistics gel with 4 layer denim barrier 

Phase 3: FBI gel with denim and FBI Plywood barrier consisting of a single 3⁄4” thick AA Fir plywood panel 

Phase 4: Animal the Tissue with denim barrier 

Phase 5: Animal Tissue with denim and FBI Plywood barrier consisting of a single 3⁄4” thick AA Fir plywood panel  

Our grading criteria follows FBI / DoD standards: 

1. Penetration. Using Phase 2 data: 12 inches minimum. 15-20 desired.

2. Reliability and Consistency  

3. Barrier Performance 

4. Permanent Wound Cavity measured in cubic inches 

Tissue target: 2 boneless briskets 7-8" thick, 35-38 pounds.  Average human male is 10" thick.     


If you are interested in having a ballistic test  analyzed, conducted or more information on  our current tests,  or for a Ballistics Course, please contact us  viperweaponstraining@gmail.com