Sellier & Bellot Subsonic 9mm Ammo

I was sent a box of Sellier & Bellot Subsonic 9mm ammo from the good folks at for testing and review. We ran the Sub ammo against standard Winchester White Box (WWB) 9mm, to compare recoil, report, accuracy, and performance.

Here are the specs for both brands of ammo:

Sellier & Bellot Subsonic
140 grain FMJ
Velocity: 1000fp
Energy: 309 ft-lbs

Winchester White Box
115 grain FMJ
Velocity: 1190 fps
Energy: 362 ft-lbs

Both brands were shot through both a Kel-Tec PF9, and a Ruger LC9 and performed without fault. I decided to run this ammo through these smaller handguns because shorter barreled pistols are notoriously louder than standard models. I was also expecting less recoil out of the subsonic round, which is great because that 12oz Kel-Tec can be hard on the hands during long shooting sessions.

The S&B Subsonic had noticeably less recoil and less noise. All the shooters, Paw (my dad), my buddy Josh, and myself, noticed the reduction of recoil shooting the Subsonic loads. The difference in the report of the 2 loads was also pretty noticeable.  As Paw put it, “The difference is like someone shot a 9mm’ and the a .45 acp”.  Check out the sound bite Here. The first shot is a S&B subsonic then WWB, and so on.

As for accuracy, the S&B subsonic was on par with the WWB, and our shooting ability. Check out the gallery below for photos of our targets.

Overall the Sellier & Bellot Subsonic 140 grain 9mm ammo seems to be a good round. I wish I had a suppressor I could have tested it with to get a better grasp of its subsonic properties, But if your looking for a lighter recoiling load to shoot out of your pocket gun for practice, give these a try.

Special thanks to Steven and for the test ammo. They shipped fast and I had my ammo in about 4 days. If your in the market for bulk ammo check them out – they’ve got a great selection.