- Caliber: .38 Special +P
- Bullet weight: 105 grains
- Velocity: 1,170 fps
- MSRP: $28.99-twenty rounds
- Caliber: 9mm +P
- Bullet weight: 92 grains
- Velocity: 1,220 fps
- MSRP: $27.99-twenty rounds
My "real world" evaluation of the new Telos .38 Special and 9mm rounds took place at an outdoor range with 2 targets set up at 7 yards from my shooting position and 2 yards apart.
I wanted to simulate 2 "bad guys". Target #1 would represent an imminent threat and #2 would represent a secondary threat. The target was a 5" circle centered within a 12" x 12" square.
I consider all hits within the 5" circle acceptable for this type of one-hand shooting.
I used a S&W 342PD for the .38 Special evaluation and a Kahr CM9 for the 9mm evaluation. These guns are +P rated, are small and light and I'm very familiar with both of them.
I loaded each gun with 5 rounds. I fired 2 rounds quickly at the first target, then 2 rounds at the second target, paused and fired the final round at the second target.
First up was the S&W 342PD and the 105 grain, 1170 fps Telos rounds. With the gun at my side, I raised it to eye level, fired 2 rounds quickly at target #1, then swinging slightly right, I fired 2 rounds at target #2, paused for maybe 2-3 seconds and fired the final round at target #2. All rounds were grouped nicely within the 5" circle in both targets. A sliver dollar would have covered the hits in both.
The Karh CM0 was next up with the 92 grain, 1220 fps Telos rounds. Again, with the loaded gun at my side, I raised it to eye level, fired 2 rounds at target #1, then swinging slightly right, I fired 2 rounds at target #2, paused and fired the final round at target #2. As with the S&W, all rounds were within the 5" circle and well-grouped.
I should emphasize that while both of these guns have short barrels, they are both exceptionally accurate and I have fired many rounds though both of them. While the Telos round are +P they have very light bullets, traveling very fast and recoil was easily manageable.
After this evaluation, I put a number of additional rounds down range with both guns. I had no malfunctions of any kind with either gun. In fact, had I not run out of ammo, I'd have shot a lot more with both of them.
Looking at the information on the G2 Research site, I have no doubt that these rounds would indeed "stop fights quickly". My main interest was their accuracy and I found that to be excellent with both.
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