RWS 9mm Luger Sport Line 124 gr. FMJ Reviews

RWS 9mm Luger Sport Line 124 gr. FMJ

ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

RWS 124 gr. FMJ 9mm Ammunition Worth Experimenting With

Nov 17, 2011 (Updated Jul 2, 2013)
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Reasonably consistent; Pricing can be competitive if you shop carefully

Cons:Spotty availability; Wide variation in retail pricing depending on source

The Bottom Line: If you're still searching for which ammunition works the best in your firearm, this is worth dedicating a session or two by way of experimenting.


I’ve made it fairly plain that I’m not the biggest fan of 9mm as a caliber.  Given the shortages over the last couple of years, I’ve been forced to experiment a bit with different brands; a task made more complicated by foreign ammunition manufacturers who seem to be availing themselves of the opportunity created by military contracts and increased consumer demand.  With 115 gr. FMJ being the most prevalent 9mm “value” ammunition, it was interesting to discover the 124 gr. FMJ offered by RWS; a long-established European brand which is now becoming more available in the U.S.
 
RWS – The Company

RWS is a relatively new brand name for the U.S. market.  The company, however, actually dates back to 1886 when it was formed as Rheinisch-Westfälischer Sprengstoff; with factories established in Germany in 1889 and 1893.  In 1931, RWS was joined with Dynamit Nobel.  In 2002, Swiss RUAG took control of the small arms ammunition portion of Dynamit Nobel, forming a new company under the name RUAG Ammotec.  RUAG Ammotec would later create a subsidiary branch in Tampa, FL in 2009, RUAG Ammotec USA, for operations in the U.S.

With ammunition production in 5 countries, the Sport Line series of ammunition is manufactured in various locations.  For instance, the 9mm Luger forming the subject of this review is in boxes marked “Made in Switzerland.”  The .45 ACP ammunition (see link below) is in boxes labeled “Made in Hungary.”  The former is notated as RUAG Ammotec AG (Switzerland).  The latter is denoted with RUAG Ammotec USA.

The Cartridge - Historically Speaking


To understand the 9mm cartridge and why I feel it a bit pretentious, it is necessary to understand the basis upon which the cartridge was designed.  While the .45 ACP and the 1911 were developed based on the military being desirous of having a pistol with ‘stopping power,' the conceptual basis for the 9mm was to field a medium-sized sidearm or a "full-sized" one with high-capacity.  Therefore, the primary criteria initially had little to do with ballistics; but was, rather, the creation of a cartridge that would ‘fit the pistol' - so to speak. 

Georg Luger developed the cartridge over 100 years ago with precisely the idea of allowing for a more compact pistol than previous auto-loading designs and was adapted (shortened) from one of his earlier and larger, bottleneck cartridges.  The "new," or original, 9mm Luger, so far as I can determine, utilized an 115 gr. bullet with a truncated cone at a velocity of 1,200 feet per second (f.p.s.).  In point of fact, it was after acceptance by the German military that the ‘standard' bullet weight was increased to 124 gr. FMJ; with the British retaining the 115 gr., but adopting a round nose bullet.

As presented in a 1943 article in Yank magazine and evidently taken directly from Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 14, May 25, 1943: German Infantry Weapons:

"...Unlike the comparatively slow U.S. 45-caliber bullet, the Luger small-caliber bullet does not often lodge itself in the target and thereby impart its shocking power to that which it hits.  With its high speed and small caliber it tends to pierce, inflicting a small, clean wound..."
 
Here is a section from a more recent article entitled "In Time of War: The Israeli Answer To Terrorism" by noted, long-time firearm's instructor/author Massad Ayoob:

"...Recent events in Afghanistan have shown the relative impotence of 9mm ball compared to the same style of .45 caliber ammunition that has been in historical evidence since before WWI. GIs in Afghanistan report that Al-Qaeda fighters are absorbing multiple 9mm ball rounds from the issue Berettas before going down, but tend to drop to one or two solid hits with .45 ball fired from the old 1911 style guns still in use by Delta Force.
 

The medium-caliber handgun cartridge such as the 9mm (.355" bullet diameter) or the .38 Special (.357" bullet diameter) requires an expanding bullet to best do its job of stopping human assault, while the .45 (.452" bullet diameter) has a long history of shutting off attacks with ball type ammo..." - see http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/ayoob81.html

I guess those "small, clean wounds" don't necessarily equate with ‘stopping power.'  I also presume that this lack of ‘stopping power' is part of the reason behind the ‘high capacity' designs of most 9mm pistols.  I mean more is better and ought to do the job - right?
 
"Wait a minute," you say?

The Gun Digest Book Of Assault Weapons 7th Edition (2007) by Lewis, Campbell, and Steele addresses that:

"...There has been considerable adverse comment since the 9mm became the service-wide pistol caliber.  The more recent controversy centers around performance of the issued pistol in Afghanistan... "But if the 9mm Parabellums were seriously defective, it seems to me the British Special Air Service, the German GSG-9, and the Israeli special ops units would not use them," is the comment from David Steele. [one of the listed authors]  "The problem in Afghanistan appears to be a lack of supporting weapons for Special Forces operations.  If they want 45 pistols and 308 rifles, they should have them without the usual one-size-fits-all logistics debate..." (pp. 145 - 146)

Further, as Ayoob notes in the paragraph immediately preceding the above cited quote from his article:

"...The 9mm pistol has become virtually standard among civilians in Israel. However, that does not make it the best choice. Anecdotal reports of shootings of terrorists there by citizens and by police and soldiers (who have also standardized on the 9mm handgun) frequently show the bad guy to take many hits before he goes down. This is why the high capacity gun has become the 9mm of choice there. The most common brands are the old classic Browning, the Beretta, the Glock, and the Jericho (an Israeli-made clone of the Czech CZ75 design). One cannot help but notice a corollary fact: the high performance hollow point bullets that brought the 9mm Luger cartridge up off its knees and made it an acceptable fighting round are thin on the ground in Israel. Many citizens and police are likely to carry military style full metal jacket ("ball") ammunition. This stuff tends to just punch through the body, making little dimpled holes like ice-pick wounds and endangering those behind the target with exiting bullets.

Okay.  Ayoob notes that 9mm ball ammo tends to "punch through the body, making little dimpled holes" and the 1943 Military Intelligence Special Publication stated that:

"...Unlike the comparatively slow U.S. 45-caliber bullet, the Luger small-caliber bullet does not often lodge itself in the target and thereby impart its shocking power to that which it hits.  With its high speed and small caliber it tends to pierce, inflicting a small, clean wound..."

Do I see an historical consistency in there... somewhere?

I do realize that the typical retort is that the military and law enforcement in many countries now use this as their sidearm cartridge.  However, there is no, ‘universal' standard which applies; at least not like the 230 grain .45 ACP.  Further, as just noted, there are numerous ‘restrictions' as to the type of ammo which is either available or authorized for use. 

Is There A ‘Standard' – SAAMI vs. NATO


Unlike many other cartridges, the 9mm has been so ‘tweaked' over the years that there is no real, historical ‘standard' by which to assess modern ammunition.  As already stated, ‘original,' 9mm Luger, so far as I can determine, utilized an 115 gr. bullet with a truncated cone at a velocity of 1,200 feet per second (f.p.s.).  Current Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI)  specs for 115 gr. MC (FMJ) list a velocity, measured 15' from the muzzle, of 1,125 f.p.s. (+/- 90 f.p.s.) out of a 4" barrel.  Unfortunately, barrel lengths for the handguns chambered in this round vary widely. 

For instance, the issue Beretta 92FS has a 4.9" barrel length.  The Sig Sauer P226, popular with U.S. Navy SEALS and some law enforcement agencies, comes standard with a 4.4" barrel.  Now, the increasingly popular Springfield Armory XD has a Service Model with a 4" barrel; but, the Tactical Model has a 5" barrel.  Of course, well known for their 1911-style pistols, Springfield Armory's "Loaded," stainless steel, 9mm 1911 also comes with a 5" barrel.  Well, the Glock 17 comes with a 4.49" barrel; but, the Glock 19 has a 4.02" barrel.  Then again, the classic Browning Hi-Power Mark III has a 4 5/8" (4.63") barrel.

What all this means is that SAAMI standards aren't going to be quite in line with rounds pushed through many of the actual weapons this round is used in.  Longer barrel lengths are going to mean slightly higher velocities.  Of course, then again, given that the Luger pistol had a barrel length of 4.25", that puts us, more or less, right back at the ‘original' 9mm Luger with 115 gr. bullet at a velocity of 1,200 f.p.s.

The trouble is, as just stated, it was after acceptance by the German military that the ‘standard' bullet weight was increased to 124 gr. FMJ – with the British retaining the 115 gr., but adopting a round nose bullet – and RWS factories were located in Germany, with the boxes used for this review marked “Made in Switzerland.”  Tempting as it may be, such a direct correlation would be misleading however.  When speaks to ‘standardization’ of what is, essentially, a military cartridge, reference needs to be made to military standards.

According to the 25 May 2011 U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command presentation (available online) NATO Small Arms Ammunition Interchangeability via Direct Evidence Testing, the first NATO qualification for 9mm Ball (FMJ) ammunition occurred in 1964.  To date, 22 Designs of 9mm ammunition have been qualified; with a Multi-Caliber Manual of Proof & Inspection (testing procedures) being listed as a “Current Thrust” and ‘near completion.”  In addition, the April 1994 Technical Manual (TM 43-0001-27) entitled Army Ammunition Data Sheets, Small Caliber Ammunition FSC 1305 note the authorized cartridge for the Pistol, 9mm, M9 has a projectile weight of 112 gr., with a velocity of 1,263 f.p.s. (+/-  5 f.p.s.).  Designated M882, it is noted that it cannot be used in a series of nonstandard weapons; including three pistols – HK P7 series, Walther P38, and FN P35. 

The FN P35, better known as the Browning Hi-Power, is one of the “NATO Nominated Weapons” for the testing procedures process in the above NATO Small Arms Ammunition Interchangeability… presentation.  The problem?  The NATO or M882 round is ‘hotter,’ with higher pressures and velocity than SAAMI standards allow for on the civilian market.  What this also means is that the popular Hi-Power, the firearm used in the testing for this review, is not considered ‘safe’ to use with NATO spec ammunition; along with a plethora of other firearms besides those cited in the Army Ammunition Data Sheets.  Yet, the pistol is popular with many NATO aligned militaries. 

On the flip side, you will read on many firearms forums that the higher pressures and velocities of NATO ammo is largely a ‘myth’ when passed through a chronograph.  The problem is that most ‘expertise’ is gleaned from firing civilian purchased ammo (as opposed to military issue) over a chronograph and, as we just noted, there are two, different standards being adhered to; SAAMI (civilian) vs. military.  Pressures are measured differently and can lead to confusion; e.g., just like .223 Remington being different than 5.56 NATO ammunition.  (See Winchester USA 5.56mm review link below and/or go to my profile page, click on the menu for Guides, Advice Pieces, and Essays, then go to “Ammunition - .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO… There’s an Important Difference.”)

Now, if that’s not enough ‘confusion,’ you can add into the mix the fact that Winchester markets “9mm NATO” ammunition (Q4218) with a 124 gr. bullet and a muzzle velocity of 1,140 f.p.s. to civilians and a “9mm NATO” ammunition in their ‘Ranger’ Law Enforcement series with a 124 gr. bullet and a muzzle velocity of 1,185 f.p.s.  Both are FMJ.  Both come with a warning to only use in ‘modern’ firearms.  Taken directly from Cabela’s listing for the product:

This 9mm NATO ammunition is loaded to the same specifications currently used by our U.S. Military. The higher pressure in these rounds deliver increased velocity and energy over standard 9mm ammunition, which also promotes reliable cycling in modern 9mm semi-auto handguns as well as carbines.

Notice: Use only in modern 9mm firearms in good condition. These Cartridges are loaded to military velocity and pressure which is higher than 9mm Luger cartridges. The average pressure is 10% higher than the industry standard pressure for 9mm Luger.


The bottom line is that the governing body for NATO standards is STANAG (NATO Standardization Agreement); which is what the aforementioned NATO Small Arms Ammunition Interchangeability via Direct Evidence Testing presentation was referring to vis a vis a ‘near completed’ Multi-Caliber Manual of Proof & Inspection (testing procedures).  The trouble here stems from the fact that the April 1982 STANAG 4090, Edition 2 (the one dealing with 9mm ammunition), states the following:
The mass of all bullets shall be within the limits 7.9 g (108 grains) to 8.3 g (128 grains) inclusive.

That means that a “9mm NATO” round can have a bullet between 108 gr. to 128 gr.; making the M882, with its 115 gr. bullet and Winchester’s 9mm NATO with its 124 gr. bullet both “NATO Standard.”  The critical attribute, however, is the pressure standard.  The 1982 STANAG 4090 cites a ‘corrected radial copper pressure’ (CUP) of 37,000 psi, with no pressure exceeding 42,700 pounds psi or an MPa (metric) mean of no more than 230, with no individual pressure exceeding 265.

This brings us back to SAAMI standards, which call for 124 gr. 9mm Luger Metal Case (FMJ) cartridges to have a Maximum Average Pressure of 33,000 psi.  If we take note of Winchester’s warning (noted above) that their 9mm NATO is loaded “10% higher than the industry standard pressure for 9mm Luger,” then add 3,300 psi (10% of maximum SAAMI standard), that gives us 36,300 psi.  Bearing in mind that the 37,000 psi NATO standard and the 33,000 psi SAAMI standard are averages, that’s close enough for, literally, government work.  (According to the April 1994 Technical Manual (TM 43-0001-27) entitled Army Ammunition Data Sheets, Small Caliber Ammunition FSC 1305, ‘case mouth pressure’ for the M882 ‘NATO,’ 112 gr. ‘ball’ ammunition is 36,250 psi max, with 31,175 psi average.)

Labels and “Common Knowledge”


The point of this rather protracted discussion has to do with the ‘common knowledge’ profligate among the arm chair commandos on the chat rooms and in gun shops.  (Most credible magazines, at least, attempt to get it right and differentiate; but, I’ve seen some ‘issues’ emerge there as well.)  While 9mm Luger is most commonly available in a 115 gr. configuration on the civilian market and such is ‘standard’ for certain militaries, so too is the 124 gr. bullet available for both civilian and military use as ‘standard.’  Both meet the definition of being a standard “NATO” round; not because of the bullet weight, but because of the pressures and velocities involved. 

***Therefore, you CANNOT assume that a given brand/series of 9mm cartridge is ‘standard’ for the industry, for the military, or for your individual firearm simply because it has a particular bullet weight.***


The bottom line is it can readily be seen that not only is there a notable difference between SAAMI (civilian) and NATO (military) standards, there is no, single, all-encompassing ‘standard’ for 9mm ammunition insofar as bullet weight or velocity.  Therefore, one has to be very careful when shopping for 9mm ammunition in that terms labels such as 9mm Parabellum, 9mm Luger, 9 x 19mm, 9mm +P, 9mm +P+, 9mm NATO, etc. are ever-present.

RWS 124 gr. FMJ Ammunition – Catalog Specs


RWS Sport Line, 124 gr. FMJ ammunition is labeled 9mm Luger; which, as we just established, is not “NATO” ammunition.  The RWS catalog specifically states:

RWS quality begins with specifications that conform to all CIP and/or SAAMI industry standards…”

[C.I.P. (translated as ‘Permanent International Commission for Firearms Testing’), is the “European” equivalent of SAAMI; with participating ‘international’ member countries which, geographically speaking, are not necessarily located strictly in ‘Europe.’]

What this means is that this RWS cartridge should meetSAAMI standards, which call for 124 gr. 9mm Luger Metal Case (FMJ) cartridges to have a mean velocity at 15’ of 1,090 f.p.s. (+/-  90 f.p.s.).  This gives an expected range of 1,000 – 1,180 f.p.s.

According to the RWS website, this cartridge is listed with a muzzle velocity of 1,181 f.p.s.; just at the upper limit of the SAAMI range when you remember the word ‘average.’ 

This would seem to make it consistent with the aforementioned Winchester “9mm NATO” ammunition in their ‘Ranger’ Law Enforcement series with a 124 gr. bullet and a muzzle velocity of 1,185 f.p.s.  The trouble is that we have to remember what was also noted; i.e., that the SAAMI test barrel length for 9mm Luger is 4 inches.  According to STANAG 4090 (1982), test barrels for NATO standardization of 9mm are 7.848 inches long. 

In the end, without access to the company’s pressure measurements (though all manufacturers say they are within SAAMI specs), without knowing what powder RWS uses (velocity is ‘optimized’ by matching barrel length and powder type), and given the differences between SAAMI’s testing and NATO’s (which is reputed to be more stringent/exhaustive than SAAMI’s), the best I could hope for is to see how the ammunition chronographs relative to the catalog specs.

That means, if it is loaded to SAAMI specs, the RWS load should be 1,181 f.p.s. out of a 4” barrel; whereas the Winchester load, which they claim is loaded to ‘military specifications,’ should be 1,185 f.p.s. out of a 7.848 inch barrel.  Given that the only 9mm I currently have access to is a Browning Hi-Power Mark III, which has a 4 5/8" (4.63") barrel, and given the ‘appearance’ that this is potentially one of those “modern firearms” loads, it was with some trepidation that I proceeded.

Chronograph Results

 
I set up a Chrony F1 (chronograph, see link below) and measured a distance 10 feet from the muzzle.  (I know that I just said SAAMI measured 15' from the muzzle, but you don't need to be that far; 10' is sufficient to mitigate the muzzle blast's potential to influence the chronograph results in this handgun caliber.  It also doesn't help that I don't shoot 9mm all that often and, therefore, am not all that anxious to see if I can avoid shooting my chronograph.)  The elevation was 5,500 ft., on a clear day with temperatures hovering around 86 degrees F and relative humidity around 15%.
 
The test gun was a fairly stock Browning Hi-Power Mark III (Made in Belgium, Assembled in Portugal) that was obtained used, at a more than reasonable price, some time back.  The only thing I know that has been done to this weapon is that the feed ramp has been ‘polished.'  Bearing in mind that I am not a ‘gun writer' with access to manufacturer's in terms of obtaining ‘donated' ammunition for testing, the sample size is, of necessity, a bit small.  Be that as it may, 10 rounds from two different boxes/lots of RWS 9mm Luger, 124 gr. FMJ to establish the following results:
 
Mean Velocity = 1,101.9 f.p.s.
 
High = 1,142 f.p.s.; Low = 1,082 f.p.s.  - ES (Extreme Spread) = 60 f.p.s.
 
Standard Deviation (SD) = 22.088
 
This puts the mean velocity just above the SAAMI mean of 1,090 f.p.s.; with the highest velocity measured noticeably below that listed in the catalog specs.  This would seem to suggest that RWS may be using the ‘longer’ barrel length to establish their velocity ratings.
 
While I know of no ‘official' marker for standard deviation on factory ammo sold on the civilian market, an SD of around 20 has always been a bit of a rule of thumb; with low-end ammo starting to verge on ‘unacceptable' around 30 or so and ‘match' ammo having an SD of somewhere around 7 - 10.  Remember, you're talking about assembly line production, not individually weighed handloads.
 
Viewed from that perspective, an approximate SD of 22.1, is right in line with the ‘value' ammunition niche.  (The test results for PMC, Sellier & Bellot, and Winchester USA 9mm 115 gr. FMJ ammunitions – see links below – were 20.13, 14.66, and 33.44 respectively.)

There were no failures to feed and no failures to eject during the testing.  In fact, all cases ended up in about a 2 ½ foot group at my 5 o’clock.

Accuracy?


It’s been over 20 years now since I shot Bullseye and IPSC competition.  Likewise, given my preference for the .45 ACP, I simply don’t dedicate that much practice time to the 9mm.  Thus, as I’ve noted in my other reviews of 9mm, in terms of my currently being able to hit the broadside of a barn... I can - provided it's not moving and I'm allowed to stand inside.  It's not that I can't hit what I aim at - usually.  It's that I'm not going to be winning any Bullseye matches in the near future.   Further, I have none of the technological aids which help to take the ‘human factor' out of accuracy tests; e.g., a proper rest such as a Ransom Rest. 

With that crawfishin’ behind us, let’s say that, at a measured 15 yards, I can keep this ammunition well inside an 8” black; usually much smaller.  At self-defense distance, 10’ – 20’, on a B27 silhouette target, double and triple taps have no trouble going where they are supposed to. 

Application


With that said, given the SD, I’d be loathe to declare this ‘match’ ammunition; despite the company’s reputation for such.  In fact, RUAG specifically labels their sport line series as ‘training’ ammunition for the ‘price conscious.’  If you want ‘match’ ammo, then you need to look toward their Professional and Premium Lines; though I don’t know how much of that is available in the States.     

Given the previous discussion regarding battlefield reports related to the effectiveness of 9mm ‘ball’ ammunition, I don’t see this as ‘self-defense’ ammunition so much a ‘practice’ or ‘training’ ammo in the 124 gr. bullet weight.  I don’t wish to get into a discussion regarding 9mm vs., well, everything else when it comes to stopping power, etc.  Suffice to say that 9mm Luger does not do its best work with ‘ball’ ammunition in that context.    

When it comes to ‘self-defense’ ammunition, much of the effectiveness of any caliber has to do with where the shot is placed and how the individual reacts to being shot. Since the latter depends on the physiology of the individual and the former depends on a variety of factors, my preference runs toward the 'heavy hitting' end of the spectrum.  In fact, as with the discussion regarding the difference between NATO vs. SAAMI standards and as ‘suggested’ with the Winchester “9mm NATO” ammunition in their ‘Ranger’ Law Enforcement series, what agencies such as the military and law enforcement have access to and what civilians can readily obtain (not to mention legally in some jurisdictions), are two different things; even when it comes to hollowpoint ammunition.

Price and Availability 
  

In 2009 through early 2010, at least locally, there was only one retailer which even stocked the brand.  The only caliber they stocked was the 9mm Luger listed for this review; with an exorbitant retail price of $29.99 per box of 50.  Sometime in early-to-mid 2010, a second chain store picked it up, with a notably lower pricing of $19.99.  Still expensive in comparison to other brands, but the wheels were turning – sort of.  RWS began to emerge on websites and by late 2010, Wal-Mart had picked up a limited offering of the brand; i.e., with, once again, the 9mm Luger being the only caliber available locally.  (I just checked and the local Wal-Mart no longer even has a shelf tag for it.)

In very early 2011, boxes of .45 ACP began appearing, in limited quantities, in the aforementioned, ‘second chain store.’  A couple of weeks ago, this store had a number of pistol and rifle calibers from the RWS Sport Line series on the shelves.  Meanwhile, a number of the better known, online ammunition retail sources have begun carrying a diversity of RWS products, including ammunition and the air rifles the company is even better known for in Europe.  The trouble is, reflecting my local experience, what an individual retailer may have in stock usually does not reflect a broad spectrum of options. 

As an example, at the time this is being written, insofar as RWS handgun ammunition, MidwayUSA currently has only .45 ACP, .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .380 ACP, and .40 S&W listed in the RWS Sport Line series of handgun ammunition; with .38 Special, 9mm Luger, .45 ACP, and .40 S&W in the company’s NTF (non-toxic, frangible, lead free) series.  At the same time, Cabela’s does not list RWS ammunition; but, has brass cased MFS 2000 in 9mm and .38 Special.  Why do I mention that?  Because RUAG took over MFS 2000 in Syrok, Hungary in 2008.  (Where, presumably, the RWS .45 ACP I have sitting in front of me was manufactured.)  Meanwhile, Brownells has the steel-cased MFS 9mm listed, but they list the manufacturer as RUAG Ammotec USA, Inc.  Then there’s  Sportsman’s Guide which has…

Well, you get the picture; ‘muddy’ as it is.  Suffice to say that the RWS brand has been around for 125 years and is fairly well known in Europe.  Insofar as the U.S., it would appear that, while expanding, distribution, thus availability, is spotty (though improving) and may require a certain persistence to obtain.  Likewise, the average price tends to run a bit higher than more recognizable brands in the U.S. market.  The question is whether or not it’s worth the price difference.

Put it this way, one online supplier lists 124 gr. 9mm Luger in 50 rd. boxes from PMC, Federal (American Eagle), Remington, and Winchester USA for prices ranging from $10.99 - $15.99.  Unfortunately, they don’t stock the RWS to provide an apples-to-apples price comparison from the same retailer.  I have seen it for as low as $13.  The two chain stores which stock the 9mm locally have it for a standard price of $12.99 in the one; with the second store noting a regular price of $21.99, but on sale at this very moment for $15.99. 

Since I primarily reload and only pick up factory 9mm ‘value’ ammunition mainly for the brass, it’s tough for me to justify paying $16 for a 50 round box of RWS vs. $10 - $13 for PMC or Winchester; much less their standard price of $21.99. (I can usually get ‘virgin’ Winchester brass for around $20 per 100, give or take.)  The other store is problematic in that I don’t buy ammunition in their store.  (No.  I won’t go into what my ‘beef’ is with their corporate policies.)    

Final Thoughts


While I’d like to speak to the reloadability of the brass, I haven’t used it in that regard – yet.  I have a supply of cases deprimed and cleaned, waiting to go; but, they haven’t worked their way into the rotation yet.  No.  I’m not going to speculate other than to say they don’t show any signs of being unsuited for my needs; bearing in mind that, when it comes to auto loading firearms, I figure on a maximum of 5 or 6 loadings, then it's into the brass bucket.

While they ‘felt’ good in the Browning, I’m not sure I’d feed it a regular diet of these.  Not because it doesn’t work; but, primarily because I can reload less expensively.  If I were ‘carrying’ a ‘modern’ firearm such as the SIG more regularly, then I might find it more tempting as I’d prefer the 124 gr. bullet to the 115 gr.  I suppose, given the consistency, I might even be more easily swayed were I carrying the Browning around more often. 

I guess that’s the point.  If you tend to carry factory 9mm for plinking and practice, the RWS 124 gr. 9mm Luger is definitely worth experimenting with to see how it performs in your firearm.  That’s if you can lay your hands on it. 

Reviews Cited Above

Chrony F-1 

Other Ammunition Reviews

Aguila .30 Carbine  

CCI Mini-Mag (HV)  
CCI Mini-Mag HP      
CCI Stinger   
CCI Velocitor  

Fiocchi 9mm Luger  

Magtech 9mm Luger 115gr. FMJ (9A)  

PMC .45 ACP
PMC 9mm Luger 
PMC .38 Special   
PMC .223 Remington
PMC .30 Carbine

RWS .45 ACP   

Sellier & Bellot .45 ACP
Sellier & Bellot 9mm Luger
Sellier & Bellot .223 Remington
Sellier & Bellot .30 Carbine

Winchester USA .45 ACP
Winchester USA 9mm Luger
Winchester USA 5.56mm  
Winchester Super-X Power Point .22 LR 40 gr. Lead Hollow Point 
    


Recommend this product? Yes


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

9mm Luger (set Of 5) Dummy Round Pistol Cap

9mm Luger (set Of 5) Dummy Round Pistol Cap

9mm Luger Dummy Rounds These are Dummy Bullets with the look of a Real Round Training Practice loading and unloading Safe Storage Dry Fire without Dam...
eBay

$11.00

+$3.00 shipping
Full Length Die - 9mm Luger (.355 )

Full Length Die - 9mm Luger (.355 )

Full Length Die - 9mm Luger (.355)Manufacture ID: 046516Hornady Full Length Die - Caliber: 9mm Luger (.355) - 1 Die
Sears Marketplace
Lee Classic Loader 9mm Luger--new In Box

Lee Classic Loader 9mm Luger--new In Box

Lee Item #:90254 Lee Classic Loader 9mm Luger Classic Lee Loader You owe it to yourself to own and try one of these famous tools. This was the first c...
eBay

$34.00

+$6.00 shipping
Set 9mm Luger Carbide 3-die Set

Set 9mm Luger Carbide 3-die Set

New In Box No Reserve New Carbide Reloading Dies 9mm Luger 3-Die Pistol Set Dies will load 9mm Luger cartridges You are buying a New 3 die pistol set ...
eBay

$43.95

FREE Shipping
CZ 75 Compact 9mm Luger - 14 Round Magazine

CZ 75 Compact 9mm Luger - 14 Round Magazine

CZ 75 Compact 9mm Luger - 14 Round MagazineManufacture ID: 11107CZ 75 Compact 9mm Luger 14 Round MagazineWarranty: Five Year Warranty
Sears Marketplace
VersaCarry Conceal Holster, 9mm Luger

VersaCarry Conceal Holster, 9mm Luger

This 9mm Luger VersaCarry Conceal Holster gives you the freedom to carry your favorite weapon with a sturdy inside-the-waistband concealment. This hol...
Walmart.com

$18.12

+$4.97 shipping
Laser Boresighter - 9mm Luger Laser Boresighter

Laser Boresighter - 9mm Luger Laser Boresighter

Easy-to-use, self-contained boresighting system fits in the chamber of your rifle or pistol and projects a powerful red laser beam aligned with the bo...
Brownells

$30.00

+$7.95 shipping
Lee Precision Reloading 9mm Luger Carbide 4 Die Set

Lee Precision Reloading 9mm Luger Carbide 4 Die Set

Home About Policies | Contact Lee Precision Reloading 9MM Luger Carbide 4 Die Set Lee 9mm Luger Pistol 4-Die Set. Includes Carbide Full Length Die, Bu...
eBay

$55.06

FREE Shipping
9mm Luger Snap Caps Set Of 6 (nickel)

9mm Luger Snap Caps Set Of 6 (nickel)

9mm LUGER SNAP CAPS SET OF 6 SNAP CAPS (NICKEL)REAL LOOK, SIZE, WEIGHT, AND FEEL THESE ARE PERFECT FOR PRACTICE AND TRAINING, LOADING OF MAGAZINES, UN...
eBay

$9.00

FREE Shipping