Product Review: Federal American Eagle Suppressor 9mm Ammo

Photo © 2013 ATK

Photo © 2013 ATK

We recently had the chance to try out the 9mm iteration of Federal’s American Eagle “Suppressor” line of ammunition. Although the difference between the Suppressor ammo and the regular American Eagle line of ammo appears to be less drastic in .45, which is essentially all subsonic anyway, the Suppressor 9mm (AE9SUP1) is significantly downloaded to keep the 124 grain projectile from breaking the sound barrier and producing the sonic “crack” that suppressors cannot do anything to mitigate. Compared to the standard 124 grain American Eagle 9mm, which is loaded to an advertised velocity of 1150 fps (but really runs closer to 1200 fps through a 5″ barrel), this is loaded much softer at an advertised velocity of 1030 fps. It’s essentially a downloaded 124 grain load that travels roughly the same speed as a typical 147 grain, and besides being subsonic, this comes with an added benefit: it is a cost effective factory-produced match load. Even at the lowest velocity of the ten shots, the AE9SUP1 made a power factor of 127,100 (more than enough for the 125k floor required to make minor).

I threw the 9mm barrel into the Ultralight Carry and chrono’d this load for ten shots with the following results:

Federal AE9SUP1 124 gr FMJ
Mean Velocity

*Chrono readings from a Prochrono Digital, Temperature of 70º, Shot from Wilson Combat ULC with 5″ barrel

While the MSRP is prerange day AE9SUP1tty steep (it debuted at SHOT 2013 when prices were at or near all-time highs), most stores selling this ammo have it priced between $16 and $18 per 50, which is about the same as any factory 9mm FMJ with demand at its current level.

The load was accurate enough for any normal action pistol match (no problems ringing some steel), and it cycled the full-sized 1911 action without a hitch. So whether you’re a non-reloader who wants a cost effective option for matches, or you just like shooting suppressed and get tired of being limited to 147 grain full-powered offerings in 9mm, this load is something you should try. Although we didn’t test it through a suppressor, it burned relatively cleanly and was lacking the distinctive “crack” of supersonic ammo. Keep your eyes peeled for American Eagle Suppressor ammo in a local shop near you, or look for it at your favorite online retailer. It’s definitely one of the most novel products to hit the factory FMJ ammo market in a long while. HP

-Colt Driver

*Originally Posted 10/28/2013


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