9mm Lehigh Extreme Defense Testing: Performance From a Full-Size Handgun Part 2

Why Lehigh 9mm Ammo for Self-Defense?

Check out part 1 of this test below to see why I chose Lehigh Extreme Defense as the best 9mm ammo for self-defense and how it performed.

9mm 90g Lehigh Extreme Defense Testing: Performance From a Compact Handgun Part 1

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9mm Lehigh Extreme Defense Rounds

If you have never seen terminal performance from these bullets, check out MAC’s video on the subject.

Video on 9mm Defensive Loads in Ballistics Gel

Part 2 Objective: Velocity

The first test didn’t produce velocities as high as I was wanting, so I changed things up a bit. This time, I used a MagnetoSpeed Chronograph to get us true muzzle velocity, rather than velocity 15 feet from the muzzle. Only the max charge was fired in this video. The loads used in the first test, and their corresponding velocities, are listed below for reference. Loads were pulled directly from Lehigh’s Website.

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  • BRASS – 9mm Starline +P (New)
  • POWDER – CFE Pistol 5.3g – 6.1g
  • BULLET – Lehigh Extreme Defense 90g
  • PRIMER – Federal 100 Small Pistol
Powder ChargeRecorded Velocity
Velocities from Ruger SR9C in Part 1

Secondly, I used a pistol with a longer barrel to increase our measured velocity. The pistol used in the first test has a 3.5″ barrel and the pistol used in this test is a 4.7″ barrel.

Final Results : 9mm Lehigh Extreme Velocities

The results of this test are listed in the table below.

Series5 Shots:6
Min1396 Max1414
ES 18
511396 ft/s   
521403 ft/s   
531414 ft/s   
541408 ft/s   
551404 ft/s   
561409 ft/s   
HK VP9 Tactical 9mm Lehigh Extreme Defense Muzzle Velocities


Success! The max velocity from the first test was 1269fps and the average muzzle velocity from the same powder charge in this test was 1405fps! That is an increase of 136fps!

This is much closer to what we were hoping to see after reviewing Lehigh’s published load data and cross-referencing that with our results.

So, these bullets can be pushed pretty fast and they can likely be pushed much faster. However, I don’t like seeking out pressure issues with guns, and Lehigh gave good published load data to follow.

This is the load I am going to stick with. I would highly recommend these bullets to anyone who handloads or can find ammo loaded with these projectiles. Check back for more testing on terminal performance in the future!

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