Hornady’s Critical Duty by Phillip Hayes

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Hornady’s Critical Duty by Phillip Hayes: Defence ammunition for your handgun

Finding the ideal carry load for my 9mmP is a never ending quest, and over the years I have tested hundreds of different bullets to find one that will satisfy my need for a 9mm projectile that can be counted on to stop an attacker.

In recent years, new manufacturing techniques, ma- terials and designs have lifted the 9mmP from what I regarded as a mediocre performer – I used to carry a .357 Magnum – to a serious contender as a self-defence weapon. Loaded with the right bullets, the 9mmP performs admirably and can compete with larger calibres in ballistic tests.

In June 2017, I managed to obtain a box of Hornady Critical Duty ammunition (135gr) and was keen to test this reputable brand. According to Hornady, the Critical Duty load was designed with law enforcement and tactical professionals in mind. It’s an advanced 21st century handgun ammunition that delivers the most consistent and reliable urban barrier performance. The Flex Tip (a red polymer insert in the tip of the bullet) and the design of the new FlexLock bullet eliminates clogging and aids bullet expansion. Its large mechanical jacket-to-core InterLock band (an interior belt, in- tegral to the jacket) prevents the jacket and core from separating, providing maximum weight retention and proven terminal performance in all FBI test barriers.

Hornady says the core is made of high-antimony lead, making it extremely tough, and delivering controlled expansion for excellent terminal performance. It’s also more economical than similar bonded bullets.

The cases are nickel-plated to resist corrosion, provide a smoother surface for better feeding and to facilitate low-light chamber checks. All this sounds impressive.

I was sure that the ammunition would live up to the promises, however, I found that the cartridges were not chambering properly in my pistol.

Read the full article in the August 2017 issue of Magnum.

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