With all of the advancements in modern defensive ammunition, it’s easy to forget that we’re talking about something very simple: throwing a piece of metal hard enough and fast enough to make bad guys reconsider their choices in life. Private citizens require the same performance from their ammo as does law enforcement — they need it to stop the threat.
Every year, manufacturers introduce new types of defensive ammo, and this year the introductions are many. We rounded up the best new personal defense ammunition for 2014 to keep your sidearms loaded with the latest and greatest.
- The Hornady Critical Duty line has been around for a few years, and now they’re steadily adding more calibers and bullet weights. The latest addition is the .357 SIG, which features a 135-grain bullet exiting the muzzle at 1,225 feet per second (fps).
Critical Duty ammo tends to offer non-traditional bullet weights, such as a 135-grain 9mm or a 220-grain .45 ACP. The reason for this is simple: The engineers at Hornady designed Critical Duty ammo to pass very exacting FBI protocols, and — starting from scratch — they designed the cartridges to meet and exceed those protocols.
Each cartridge is tipped with Hornady’s FlexLock bullet. The hollowpoint cavity is filled with a rubber solid that initiates expansion and prevents the hollowpoint from becoming clogged as it passes through clothing or intermediate barriers such as drywall. The bullets are also cannelured, which helps prevent set-back in the case. The cases are nickel-plated as well for natural lubrication to reduce malfunctions.