Hornady® Critical Defense® Handgun Ammo
I ordered .45, .380 and 9mm in this ammo.
Have magazines loaded. Haven't not shot any - don't intend to, unless threatened. I'm sure it will do the job.
August 21, 2011
Hornady Critical Defense
It's impossible to properly review this product in terms of its designers' criteria as I haven't had occasion to shoot anyone. Nevertheless, the ammo represents a great deal of analytical thought and engineering with respect to getting the bullet through the clothing cleanly and then expanding to create a substantial ballistic wound channel. For a full description see the Hornady website. That said, on the one day that I shot this ammo at the range I was less accurate with my J-frame S&W than I usually am. I might have been having a bad day. Otherwise, the ammo appeared well made, packaged, and every round fired (no squib loads). However, if accuracy is your goal I'd recommend something else, like a Match Grade bullet.
July 21, 2011
Hornady ammo has become my preferred ammo of choice when it comes to ammo that counts.
I have run the critical defense 380 ACP ammo through my Coyote Special Ruger LCP without issues and is the ammo that I keep in the chamber and mags while carrying (yes, I have my CHL). While I understand the limitations of the 380 ACP cartridge, I feel that the Hornady Critical Defense ammo makes the cartridge a viable choice in concealed carry so as I do not have to carry a larger frame firearm. In turn I carry more often as the firearm isn't any larger than my wallet or work smart phone.
I also keep the 45 ACP Hornady Critical Defense ammo in the mags for my 1911 at the house.
February 16, 2011
This ammo is amazing. I personally put it head to head with several other "top of the line" hollow points and personal defense rounds and Hornady won hands down. It maintains almost 100% retention while creating a wound cavity that is devestating. I replaced the ammo that I was using in my concealed carry weapon with the Hornady rounds the same day I performed the field tests. This ammo feeds well and has not given me any mechanical problems. It is also very affordable.
February 28, 2011