I’ve been shooting Speer Lawman 9mm Luger 147 Grain ammo a lot lately, so I thought I’d do a quick review.
Speer has been producing the Lawman brand since 1968, with the collective target markets of law enforcement and civilian shooters. Intended use is for practice and training, the ballistics closely mimic the Speer Gold Dot line of duty ammo. Lawman ammunition is produced with brass casings and CCI primers.
- Speer Lawman 9mm Luger 147 Grain
- Speer Item Number: 53620
- 9mm Luger
- 147 Grain
- Total Metal Jacket, Flat Nose
- 50 rounds per box, 1,000 per case
- .165 bullet coefficient
9mm Luger Speer Lawman is also available in 115 and 124 grain weights, depending on your preference.
The TMJ bullets loaded into Speer Lawman feature a flat nose, and while they aren’t copper jacketed in the traditional sense, do offer a complete enclosure of the lead core.
Powder is definitely not any type of flash suppressing variant (as far as I can tell). Early-morning fireballs are quite noticeable.
Speer Lawman 9mm Luger 147 Grain Velocity
Velocity testing was done with a Competition Electronics Pro Chrono Chronograph, with 10 shots measured from a Gen4 Glock 19 (4.01″ barrel). This barrel has had approximately 4,000-5,000 rounds fired through it, with a mix of both factory ammo and reloads.
Speer advertises the muzzle velocity from a 4″ barrel at 985 feet per second. My findings over 10 shots:
- Average muzzle velocity: 967 FPS
- Standard deviation: 6
According to Speer, zeroing at 25 yards will give you the following drop with the Lawman 147 grain TMJ bullets:
- 1.5″ at 50 yards
- 5.5″ at 75 yards
- 12″ at 100 yards
Energy at the muzzle is 317 foot pounds, and tapers off to 257 foot pounds at 100 yards.
Speer Lawman 9mm Luger 147 Grain Accuracy
I wish I could give you the average of three solid 10-shot groups from 25 yards, but my pistol skills from a sandbag are currently worse than they are freehand. Figure that one out…
That being said, I’ve fired a 10 shot group offhand at 25 yards nearly every weekday this year, and much of it was Speer Lawman. At least in the 147 grain weight, this ammo is more than capable of shooting a 90+ on an NRA B-8 center, for 10 shots. You can view all of these results here.
This 90+ standard is considered “excellent” in many schools of thought. I don’t shoot a 90 every time, and it’s not the ammo’s fault. If you can shoot a consistent 90+ on an NRA B-8, you may benefit from more accurate ammo. Maybe. It all depends on how tight you need that group…
Test pistol is/was a stock Gen4 Glock 19, from the era when Glock was sending out replacement guiderods for every gun. The only modifications to the pistol have been the addition of Ameriglo Kyle Defoor sights, a replacement ejector (also a bad part from pistols of this era) and a Striker Control Device.
I’ve fired a little over a case of the Speer Lawman 147 grain ammunition through this Gen4 Glock 19, and have two more cases on hand. I experienced four failures to eject within the first half of the case, in the form of classic stovepipes.
The pistol exhibited this same failure rate with my handloads. I finally got around to swapping the ejector from the 336 to the 30275, at Glock’s recommendation, and the problem disappeared.
It’s not difficult to find 147 grain Speer Lawman online, in any of the offered weights, for $220 shipped. I buy mine from Target Sports USA.
Reliable, accurate and relatively cheap for what it is. Speer Lawman remains my go-to for daily practice. I don’t see that changing in the near future.