Hornady Critical Defense ammunition

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I saw over at Guns Holsters and Gear that Hornady will be selling a new line of ammunition next year (2009) that is specifically designed for civilian self defense and for use in common carry handguns.

The line is called “Critical Defense” and will be available in .380 ACP, .38 Special, .38 Special + P and 9mm Parabellum.

A Critical Defense round

A common argument against hollow points is that when they are fired through heavy clothing the hollow point can clog up with fabrics and then act as a FMJ round. The Critical Defense bullets feature a hollow point with a rubber insert (same material as the Flex Tip used on the Hornady LEVERevolution ammunition) which prevents the bullet clogging up with fabric and allow controlled reliable expansion.

The idea of putting something in a hollow point to prevent it being clogged up with fabric or, in the case of hunting ammunition, fur, is not a new idea. It will be interesting to see if the Flex Tip material improves on this idea.

Another useful feature of this line is decrease muzzle flash.

For each type of cartridge and load the bullet has been individually designed for maximum performance.

Product video:

More info at Guns Holsters and Gear and Hornady.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Burt Burt on Sep 08, 2009

    So much talk about point of impact, and so little talk about point of exit. With the LCP the latter is paramount. This sweet CC seems to not like HP Ammo. I've learned that opinions can be hotly debated and bantered around to accommodate and appease those who feel otherwise...yet we all seek the same result...so I am totally baffled here. I own 2 LCP's w/the CTS. When I had both feed ramps polished to a mirror shine, I was told that 100% feed is NOT guaranteed with HP's and at that time I was running Federal ammo...also, I was told that FMJ would would run endlessly, and this past weekend it did...200+...the fellow who did my polishing is a true professional in all sense of the word...Truly. Anyway, Gotta be Me, so I've ordered 2 boxes (25ct) of Hornadys CDHPs and am looking forward to the final result...as I've read these were made most likely for the LCP(they don't have the typical HP ridge edge because they are filled otherwise)this should prove to be intresting. But Hey, I'm not a gun guy per say, having said that, all I want is sheer, 100% reliability.
    How 'bout you?

  • Burt Burt on Sep 08, 2009

    Missed this step earlier.
    Send me a copy...?