Mid America Munitions is a company that most of you probably haven’t been introduced to. I hadn’t heard of them until a couple months ago when I was approached about taking a look at some of their ammo, in particular their Broadhead line. I’m naturally a skeptic of what, at a glance, appears to be gimmicky ammo, but after testing the 124gr Broadhead, I can assure you that there is no snake oil here.
Mid America Munitions is a fairly new company that has been spending some serious time developing some, well, serious self-defense and hunting ammo. They opened their doors in 2017 in Missouri
Although this review is on 9mm, the company also makes some exceptional .300 Blackout, among other Broadhead cartridges, that I will be reviewing at a future date here at TTAG.
The load itself consists of a solid-copper expanding bullet and a brass case. The bullet is shaped like a typical FMJ as far as contour, but make no mistake: this thing is no FMJ.
Mid America Munitions 9mm Broadhead is available in a 20-round box for $24.60, as per the manufacturer’s website.
Accuracy and Basic Performance
I tested this load in a SIG SAUER P320 X-Carry. This is a gun that I’ve spent a great deal of time with and I know exactly how it runs. This is not only one of the most accurate polymer-framed pistols I’ve ever used, but it also among the most reliable.
Everything was nicely boring as far as this portion. The gun hardly moved under recoil and groups just seemed to print themselves at 25 yards. My five-shot average was 2” off the bench. Velocity was recorded over my Oehler 35P and the five-shot average came to 1159fps, which was significantly faster than 1070fps listed by Mid America.
I received a 10% FBI gel block from Clear Ballistics for this section of my testing. I have grown used to the routine of firing into gel and I have to say that I was very surprised by what I saw when I put the first Broadhead round into the center.
A cloud of smoke erupted from the entry wound and the block shook like my liberal friends on election night 2016.
I had to find out what happened and ran down to find out what it was that made such a dramatic display. I was stunned to see that this otherwise benign looking bullet had created some of the most fearsome damage to my gel block that I’d ever seen a handgun bullet produce.
The permanent wound cavity was simply massive. The expansion started at about an inch in and, well, it was over for my block. The permanent damage was over an inch across and about 8” deep. The bullet has stopped at a depth of 13” and looked like it was the blade from a very small meat grinder. The bullet had also caused tumbling damage as it slowed down and a ragged cut was apparent for the remaining distance it travelled.
Given the bullet petals expansion, this is a load that I am confident will not over penetrate. I fired it through my standard leather, fabric, and denim materials and it generated a very consistent, rapid, expansion.
Because of the shape, it’s able to punch through the materials and then expand in the soft tissue. I only had one bullet that failed to fully expand (below), but it still got most of the way there. It only penetrated 10 inches, but it tumbled the entire way and left a wide, yawing tear as it went through.
Virtually all of the bullets went in to the exact same depth. In the photo below you can see that there are two bullets directly next to each other. This was remarkable as, unlike most lead, all-metal bullets can be inconsistent if the material isn’t exactly the same in hardness at the mechanical performance.
The Broadhead is something else. I’ve done work with lots of solid expanding bullets in the past, but none delivered the striking results this one did. I’m disappointed that my photography of the gel didn’t turn out as well as I’d like as a result of the gel becoming cloudy with use.
This is one that you just need to see to believe and I will do my best to get some new photos when I get a brand-new block. (A side note is that Clear Ballistics gel is reusable and can be melted and re-cast. My block has had lots of use and is becoming difficult to photograph. I’ll be writing a review on my experience with the gel itself soon that will fully explain this.)
Mid America Munitions has impressed me with this product. The 9mm cartridge features a powerful, accurate, and lethal personal defense bullet that functions in a way that its exterior appearance does not give away. I don’t carry a 9mm, but if I did, I’d happily carry this round.
Ratings (out of five stars):
Accuracy: * * * * *
The SIG X-Carry is an accurate gun and this load was boringly predictable in it. It just shot well all day long and gave me nothing to worry about.
Handling: * * * *
Recoil was manageable and follow-up shots were easy to make. Not much to report here.
Reliability: * * * * *
No problems here either. It cycled every time with no failures.
Terminal Performance: * * * * *
Aside from surprising me, it did exactly what a good carry load should. It penetrated materials and rapidly expanded without over-penetration. The wound channels were truly something else.
Overall: * * * * *
I like this stuff. A lot. It’s powerful, accurate, and it has some of the wildest expanding bullets out there.