Ballistic test .45 Auto pistol vs carbine.

Ballistic test .45 Auto pistol vs carbine.

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A few years ago I published the differences in 9mm Luger ammunition performance when fired from a pistol and carbine. You can read that article by following this link. Now I have finished the Hi-Point carbine in .45 Auto review and the new Ruger ARX defensive ammunition I thought it a good time to do the same comparison for .45 Auto.

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The recovered rounds from the carbine. The Winchester SXZ top two is from the handgun and the bottom is from the carbine. There was a significant reduction in perceived recoil using the Ruger ARX, and accuracy was 1 1/2″ at 25 yards using the handgun from a rest. The top chart is handgun and bottom is carbine

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You can click on the above chart to see an expanded view and the differences of the round as fired from a five inch barrel and a seventeen and a half inch barrel. The Ruger ARX bullet is polymer so I was curious how it would penetrate mild steel. You see on the right photo the top hole is 9×19 Ruger ARX and the one centered is the ARX in .45 Auto as fired from the handgun. You can see the exit holes on the other photo. This is an expansion tank like you would find above your water heater.  As you see, the ARX had no trouble penetrating this mild steel tank.  The .45 Auto is a formidable defensive round out of a handgun to be sure but it gains a bit of juice when fired from a carbine.

 

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5 Responses to Ballistic test .45 Auto pistol vs carbine.

  1. Craig Fisher March 7, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Which is which lol ? on the chart is the first the handgun and the bottom the carbine ? Or vice versa ?

  2. Doran August 9, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    Interesting. I will probably never have the carbine for home defense as I am a fan of the semi auto pistol and dbl barrel 12 guage for home defense. (pistol for carry).
    Still the comparison is nice to have.
    That being said (going to blow a little smoke) with the exception of the 22 (except in rare cases) any well placed shot from a 32 up will do the job. One must be more precise however with a smaller bullet due to smaller cavity. A larger caliber even poorly placed for whatever reason will be cause for a rethink on the perpetrators part.
    Doran

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