Winchester’s New .45 ACP Train & Defend Ammo

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As I reported in November, Winchester Ammunition officially announced the new .45 ACP loadings in its Train & Defend line. The company had the ammo on hand during the 2015 Industry Day at the Range (formerly Media Day at the Range.)

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The Train & Defend ammunition line has two loads per caliber: one loaded with a full metal jacket bullet for training purposes, and a second loaded with a hollow point bullet for self-defense. The loads are supposed to be equal in trajectory, recoil, etc.

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Train & Defend was introduced at the 2014 SHOT Show, but Winchester did not include a .45 ACP load at that time. The new .45 load uses a 230 grain bullet (FMJ and JHP) rated at 850 fps. The photos on this page were the JHP rounds that the company fired and put on display.



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  • DIR911911 .

    850fps for the hollow point?that means maybe 700-750fps out of a compact , I’ll stick with my corbon and mag safe ammo, but thanks anyway.

    • Wait until shootingthebull posts a video about it before you trash it. Until I saw his report of the 9mm version I was also skeptical it had anything above the other offerings on the market.

      And then I saw the -amazing- penetration consistency – do note that STB tests out of compact pistols. If this .45 version of the T&D ammo is just as good, it’ll deserve to be given a chance.

      • Greg Thompson

        Agreed. My impression was the whole thing was a gimmick until I saw shootingthebull’s video on it and then I went out and replaced my PDX1’s with it due to the short barrel performance.