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The pinnacle of Hornady's self defense ammunition, Hornady® Critical Defense® handgun ammo combines quality propellents and design with the patented controlled expansion FTX bullet for effective, consistent, and reliable self-defense. Critical Defense round utilize Hornady's clean burning and stable propellants for reduced recoil, consistent performance in all temperatures, and minimal muzzle flash to protect night vision. Unaffected by thick and heavy clothing, these rounds feature Hornady's patented FTX bullet. The FTX's Flex Tip® design delivers superior controlled expansion, flat trajectories, and large, deep wound cavities over a wide range of velocities. Critical Defense rounds are also expertly cannelured and crimped to avoid bullet setback, and feature a high visibility, shiny silver nickel plating to prevent corrosion. Feeds reliably in all pistols.
Effective, consistent, and reliable self-defense from Hornady
Patented FTX bullet with Flex Tip design
Controlled expansion, flat trajectories, and large, deep wound cavities over a wide range of velocities
Clean burning and stable propellants for reduced recoil and consistent performance in all temperatures
Minimal muzzle flash to protect night vision
Cannelured and crimped to avoid bullet setback
High visibility silver nickel plating to prevent corrosion
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
Good defense ammo even a tab on the high side. It seems to feed better then normal hollow point ammo.
July 19, 2011
I carry this in my M&P 40 compact daily. Cycles fine and is as accurate as I am able to shoot. I have no complaints about this ammo at all. Will be adding it for my 9mm and .45 soon as well.
July 5, 2011
The 45 ACP was originaly designed for the military in 1911 for Knock Down power. However 100 years later the 357 mag will do the same job. I carry a Ruger GP100 (357 mag and .38) when in deep woods without a rifle.
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