Personal Defense Handgun Shotshell ammunition

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Wow, that is not a blog title I expected to ever write. Federal have unveiled .410 “Personal Defense Handgun” ammunition designed specifically for the Taurus Judge .45 Colt / .410 revolver.

Two 2.5″ buckshot loads will be available. The first load is 0.5 oz ( 218 grain) #4 buckshot which I think works out to be about 10 pellets (according to wikipedia, correct me if I am wrong). The other load has four 000 pellets (9mm). The muzzle velocity is 1200 fps.

The Judge from Taurus® has emerged as a very popular handgun for Personal Defense®. This specialized gun has been without a specialized load-until now. Federal introduces two 2-1/2″ loads designed especially for The Judge. A special hull design and optimal payloads make these loads perfect for this gun. Choose between a 1/2-oz #4 or 4 pellet 000 buck option-either way the performance will be there.


Taurus Judge photo that I recently uploaded to Wikipedia. Taken by Dennis Chen
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • John Kerr John Kerr on Jan 30, 2011

    I am an ex-fed LE officer with some training and 30 yrs experience. I have to comment. There's nothing wrong with less lethal rounds for certain applications as in crowd control, animal control, riots etc. where the public just won't have blood running down the streets. As for SD, the worst mistake you could make would be drawn a weapon on me with rubber bullets it. And as for shooting home intruders/invaders, most people are not prepared to drop a hammer even on a rabid animal let alone some bum rummaging around for food in their kitchen. They say they are and have convinced themselves that they can but the fact is they will not shoot up their own house or neighborhood. Now I would be the last to propose mandatory firearms training on the general public including hunters, CCW permittees, and the folks who like me look at guns as tools, nothing more nothing less. There is a big need for organizations like IDPA and the NRA to promote safe gun use. Personally I keep a loaded S&W500PC and a flashlight under my bed. No snake guns for me!

  • Thomas Thomas on Jul 05, 2011

    Question : Has anyone tryed using moon or half-moon clips with their Taurus Judge so that .45 ACP can be shot out of this weapon ? The .45 Colt is a rather expensive round and is rather hard to find while .45 ACP is half as expensive and found even at Walmart ! I have shot the .410 shell but not very impressed especially with the#6 and higher shell, penetration is very poor, buck shot and slug are in different storey ! I did something the other day, pour out the #6 shot and replaced it with a capsule filed with steel BB's (capsule used so as not to ruin the rifling), penetration was much better than the #6 shot and a better round for self-defence in an emergency, at 20 feet all the BB's went thru an inch of wood !

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