Decided to give my carry gear a test today. Nothing overly scientific, mind you. I taped some small phone books together and soaked them in water for four hours. I set the target back 10-12 feet (didn’t exactly measure it out — remember the part about not being overly scientific?).
I drew from my holster and fired away, 8 shots in rapid succession. With the shape my Kel-Tec PF-9 was (lots of lint in nooks and crannies, and the gun was on the dry side), it worked flawlessly. The ammunition I’d been carrying for the last several months — Hornady Critical Defense — also performed admirably. Penetration averaged 6-8 inches, before the bullets started tearing out through the side. I was able to recover two for examination. Penetration and weight retention were excellent. I’ll let the images speak for themselves.