Hornady's Critical Duty Ammunition

Hornady's Critical Duty Ammunition
Hornady's Critical Duty meets the needs of those who demand superior barrier penetration and who prefer a full-size handgun for their personal protection.

Everyone reading this website knows that for personal-defense or home-defense, proper ammunition can mean the difference between life and death. Many factors must be weighed when choosing one's self-defense ammo, but you may want to consider that Hornady's Critical Duty .40 S&W 175-grain loading was recently awarded a "Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity" agreement by the FBI. I say if it's good enough for the FBI, it's good enough for me.

The fundamental purpose of a personal-defense handgun cartridge is to incapacitate a violent attacker as quickly as possible. The bullet must be able to penetrate deeply while opening as large a wound channel as possible. For this reason, expanding hollowpoint bullets have been preferred.

The drawback to expanding hollowpoint bullets is they are more fragile than solid bullets. They are also subject to interference or damage from impact with clothing or bone. It can prevent them from expanding or cause them to expand prematurely and prevent sufficient penetration. Even the best of today's hollowpoint designs are subject to cavity plugging from fabrics and to nose collapse from oblique impact with bone and other barrier material.

Hornady's Critical Duty solves these problems. Designed to meet the needs of those who demand superior barrier penetration and who prefer a full-size handgun for their personal protection, Critical Duty is loaded with Hornady's tough FlexLock bullet that delivers "barrier blind" performance when shot through common urban barriers.


The bullet's patented Flex Tip eliminates clogging and aids bullet expansion. Also, a large mechanical jacket-to-core InterLock band keeps the bullet and core from separating, which allows maximum weight retention, excellent expansion, and consistent penetration and terminal performance through all FBI test barriers.


Another feature of Critical Duty ammunition that makes it desirable is its nickel-plated cases, which simplify chamber checks in reduced light. They also feed and extract more reliably because nickel plating doesn't acquire the patina that can cause drag and failure to feed or extract reliably like traditional brass cases. And Critical Duty is powered by low-flash, clean-burning propellants that help preserve night vision in low-light firing.


MSRP: $22.49 (20-round box)

hornady.com

Recommended for You

Daniel Defense has blazed a new trail with its first-ever bolt-action rifle, the Daniel Defense Delta 5. Rifles

Daniel Defense Delta 5 Review

Joel J. Hutchcroft - May 31, 2019

Daniel Defense has blazed a new trail with its first-ever bolt-action rifle, the Daniel...

Browning, Ruger, Brownells and more have new rifles from long-range precision rifles through cool autoloaders and lever actions to inline muzzleloaders this year. Rifles

22 New Rifles for 2019

Joseph von Benedikt

Browning, Ruger, Brownells and more have new rifles from long-range precision rifles through...

Using Ramshot Enforcer and 230-grain bullets, .45 ACP muzzle velocities over 1,000 FPS at safe, standard-level pressures are possible. Reloading

45 ACP Fast Loads

Brad Miller, Ph.D. - January 02, 2018

Using Ramshot Enforcer and 230-grain bullets, .45 ACP muzzle velocities over 1,000 FPS at...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Tactical Solutions Introduces New X-Ring Takedown SBR Rifle

Tactical Solutions Introduces New X-Ring Takedown SBR Rifle

Keith Feeley of Tactical Solutions sat down with Michael Bane at SHOT Show 2018 to talk about the new X-Ring Takedown SBR .22LR rifle.

The Future Of Special Operations Small Arms

The Future Of Special Operations Small Arms

We're taking a look at what the Army's Elite Units are using for service rifles and what the future of SOCOM sniping looks like.

The Glock 21

The Glock 21

Frank and Tony from Gallery of Guns spice up the Glock test using their non-dominant hands.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

The joys of handloading are many, and one of them is sharing the experience with a novice. Reloading

Share the Handloading Experience

Lane Pearce - May 19, 2019

The joys of handloading are many, and one of them is sharing the experience with a novice.

Crimson Trace enters the riflescope business with the Crimson Trace CTL-3420 4-20X 50mm. Optics

Review: Crimson Trace CTL-3420 4-20X 50mm

Joel J. Hutchcroft - April 29, 2019

Crimson Trace enters the riflescope business with the Crimson Trace CTL-3420 4-20X 50mm.

The Smith & Wesson Model 19 is back in production after being on ice for almost two decades. Handguns

Review: Smith & Wesson Model 19 Classic Revolver

Joel J. Hutchcroft - March 08, 2019

The Smith & Wesson Model 19 is back in production after being on ice for almost two decades.

See More Stories

More Ammo

After a 10-year hiatus, Aguila has brought back the Aguila 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum—a great small-game round that has always had a cult-like following. Ammo

Aguila 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum Ammo Review

Layne Simpson - November 19, 2019

After a 10-year hiatus, Aguila has brought back the Aguila 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum—a...

Umarex is partnering with Inceptor Ammunition to offer the new 180-grain SpeedBelt ARX Muzzleloader Bullets. Ammo

Umarex SpeedBelt ARX Muzzleloader Bullets

Jake Edmondson - March 11, 2019

Umarex is partnering with Inceptor Ammunition to offer the new 180-grain SpeedBelt ARX...

From training and self-defense through cowboy action and match grade to varmint and big-game hunting, HSM has your ammunition needs covered. Ammo

Hunting Shack Munitions (HSM) Ammo Review

Layne Simpson - October 23, 2019

From training and self-defense through cowboy action and match grade to varmint and big-game...

See More Ammo

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.