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|Bullet Weight||115 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1140|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||332|
We test fired five rounds of 9mm Luger (9x19) Hornady 115 gr FTX Critical Defense into synthetic ballistic gelatin to observe its expansion and penetration characteristics. The ammo was fired from a Smith & Wesson M&P9C pistol at a distance of 10 feet. A four-layer barrier of heavy fabric was placed in front of the gelatin to simulate clothing.
The complete data for this load from our test can be found on the chart below. The photo slider displays the expanded bullets that were retrieved from the gel. Pictured below is a high speed video that shows the bullet entering the gel at approximately 10,000 frames per second. The diagrams at the bottom of the page should give you an idea of how this load compares to other 9mm Luger (9x19) loads.
Find out more about ballistic gel testing and how this load compares to other self-defense ammo on Lucky Gunner Labs.
|9mm - 115 Grain FTX - Hornady Critical Defense - 25 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||11.6||12.9||13.3||13.7||13.8|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.5||0.5||0.5||0.5||0.52|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||114||114.1||114.2||114.3||114.3|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1134||1138||1140||1144||1157|
Review by Buggsie
Got this stuff to carry self defense with. Definitely cycles through a Sig P365XL, I just hope i never have to actually use it.
(Posted on 3/16/2020)
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Review by Bentone23
I run Critical Defense in my M&P Shield 9mm. No failure to feed. Follow up shots are easy. Runs clean in my gun. I carry 3 mags worth for 6 months, then shoot it all up and replace the ammo.
(Posted on 12/12/2019)
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Review by Troy
Good carry round, fired over three boxes through my walther CCP and zero malfunctions. Not the biggest expansion compared to HST and other popular rounds, but very consistent and never over penetrates.
(Posted on 9/26/2018)
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My CCL ammo
Review by Southernman
This is my everyday carry round 24/7, 365. Easy to control in the XDs-9 with good recovery for second and third round on target. Good penetration with outstanding consistent expansion. Empty mags ever six months at the range with no FTF or any other problems. Have matched a FMJ Hornady to qualify with every 90 days that are a perfect match.
(Posted on 1/7/2018)
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Can’t go wrong with Hornady
Review by Stringfellow Hawke
My Kahr CM9 feeds these with no issues at all.
(Posted on 12/8/2017)
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Good nights sleep
Review by Bernie
Very good round that nightmares are made out of.my 9e and my wifes p95 loaded with the 115 grain ftx..highly recommend this ammo
(Posted on 7/1/2017)
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Review by usmc06
Comparatively some of the most consistent, reliable ammo on the market. May not be the best in every aspect but this ammo works. Performance is exactly as advertised. I've had 0 malfunctions with hundreds of rounds in 9x18 Makarov, 9x19 (Walther CCP) and .38 Spl and .357 Mag (Henry Big Boy carbine). Easily trust my families lives with this ammo. However please do not confuse Critical Duty with these rounds.
(Posted on 2/12/2017)
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LUCKY GUNNER = BEST PRICE, WITH SUPER FAST SERVICE
Review by JC
I USE HORNADY FOR ALL MY HOLLOW POINT NEEDS. GREAT AMMO FOR A 9mm WITH A 3" BARREL.
(Posted on 11/27/2016)
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Good product, great price
Review by Kruke
For the different types of home defense ammo out there, this is one I decided to try early on. I find myself coming back to it because of the price. They expand every time, very reliable, and like I said before : price. Enough said.
(Posted on 8/1/2016)
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Excellent Self-Defense Ammo
Review by William
Fired 220 rounds through Glock 19 Gen 4 with no malfunctions. Seems to burn cleaner than other ammo I've tried. Excellent service - delivered within 2 days.
(Posted on 4/1/2016)
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It works. no problems.
Review by AL
The ammo works as advertised. No issues.
(Posted on 12/13/2015)
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Review by Joe O
Fired 25 rounds in my XD9 subcompact with no problems. One of less expensive cartridges with good results in Lucky Gunner's balistic gel tests.
(Posted on 12/1/2015)
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Review by Michael
This is what my wife runs in her M&P9c. It goes bang every time and expands nicely when shot into appropriate material. I've been impressed enough with how the Hornady Critical Defense runs in her 9mm and my .45, that I just loaded up on .380 for my mouse gun as well.
(Posted on 11/12/2015)
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excellent product, wished it was more affordable as i use this as my carry ammo, so must use 120 rounds each time to qualify.
Review by Darsh4343
Good ammo, very little recoil and accurate. Love this ammo. Just wish was a little more affordable as I must qualify to carry and go through 120 rounds for my 2 9mm guns I use.
(Posted on 5/14/2015)
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Review by PhotoGreg
Picked up two boxes, fired half a box at the range today in an XDS 9mm, and XD MOD.2.
Both performed flawlessly and had noticeably more muzzle flash (almost hollywood style) than the other FMJ rounds we were shooting. Will continue to purchase these for home defense.
(Posted on 4/8/2015)
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Good for carry, not sure for home defense
Review by Christophe
I tried a box of 25 to see how it would shoot.
High quality build, feeds well and shoots well out of my Beretta 92FS. Accuracy was very good. Would not want to be on the receiving end of that round!
Recoil not an issue but BIG flash! More like a magnum flash than the usual 9mm.
Perfect ammo for outside carry, but maybe not so much for home defense as the flash could be blinding at night. I may stick with Golden Sabre for that reason, but Critical Defense would be my second choice.
As usual, flawless ordering and shipping experience with Lucky Gunner.
(Posted on 3/12/2015)
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Outstanding! service and quality at a fair price.
Review by Frank
I refer your company all the time. I am a loyal and satisfied customer. Thank you guys for all that you do for us.
(Posted on 2/4/2015)
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Review by Al
The ammo worked well
(Posted on 8/31/2014)
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Great Defense Ammo
Review by K9
Fired flawlessly and accurately in my Ruger SR9C. This will now be my carry ammo of choice.
(Posted on 8/4/2014)
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Great all around defense round
Review by JUAN C
I have shot this round in several different sidearms (Ruger LC9; Sig Sauer P239; P226; Beretta 92 and Browning HiPower) it has performed well in all of them. The recoil is a bit excessive in the LC9 but manageable. Accuracy up to 25 meters (except with thre shorter barreled LC9) was very good with groupings under 3".
(Posted on 6/11/2014)
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Review by JTM
Once again, a great blend of price and service. Great ammo...great service. This is my go-to supplier.
(Posted on 5/9/2014)
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Very good ammo.
Review by Gary
Very good, quite accurate, feeds well and very reliable. That's why I use it.
(Posted on 5/1/2014)
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Review by JM
I purchased for home defense but shot 2 at the range. Very accurate, perfect functioning in my Glock 19. Clean burning too with no jams. I hope I never need to shoot these but am absolutely confident that it will take care of any Intruder.
(Posted on 4/21/2014)
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These are my favorite 9 mm round
Review by Great Round
Very high quality - smooth loading - no jams - devastating knock down and killing power - my favorite 9 mm round
(Posted on 2/2/2014)
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Review by Michael
Quick ship, no hassle, no brainer. Thank you
(Posted on 1/6/2014)
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Review by chris
if my beretta M9 could talk it would say this ammo is its best friend. it performed flawlessly, nuff said
(Posted on 11/15/2013)
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Review by Justin
These were the first rounds through my new Sig P229 "Scorpion" Elite. They functioned very well in my weapon, and the only real question remaining for me is whether to use Critical Defense or Critical Duty for EDC.
(Posted on 10/10/2013)
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Quit carrying that heavy .45
Review by lastmia
Have shot other defense ammo but will use Hornady from now on. Excellent stopping power for a bullet this size. Consistent pattern and flawless cycling in my Sars K2P. So l quit carrying that heavy .45. And 15 rounds are always better than 6.
(Posted on 9/25/2013)
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Review by Dave
Love all the Hornady ammo and this is no exception. I had some of the critical duty but since I use it for defense I switched to this. Shoots great in my Ruger LC9. Not much more to say other than I hope to NEVER have to shoot this at anything other than my targets but IF I should ever need it for defense I know it will function perfectly.
Also LuckyGunner is the best ammo supplier on line. You can see what they have and my ammo is at my door in just 2 days in almost every case.
(Posted on 9/24/2013)
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Review by Jeff
Works great in my M&P
(Posted on 9/30/2012)
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Don't leave home without it...
Review by Roger
If you're looking for your every day at the range target ammo, find something else. These aren't cheap, but quality never is. But I always have a full clip of these in my Jericho whenever I leave the house and go anywhere. Also purchased a box for my sister, because when it comes to my family's safety I won't comprise, only the best will do.
(Posted on 8/29/2012)
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Try this if your pistol jams on cheaper JHP
Review by Stacy
I'm a new gun owner, and found that a couple brands of 9mm JHP caused fail-to-feeds in my Walther P1, sometimes more than one per magazine. I won't mention the brands, because the problem is (seems to me) the wide flat nose profile of most JHP rounds on the market. The P1's feed ramp is narrow, so I thought the more pointy-nosed profile of the Critical Defense might help. Sure enough, I have had no FTFs with this ammo in my P1. So it's expensive, but worth it. I've made about a dozen individual ammo purchases from LuckyGunner and been very satisfied with the prices and order fulfillment.
(Posted on 2/20/2012)
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Review by Russ
Clean burning and very accurate, functioned flawlessly in my SR9c and Smith and Wesson.
(Posted on 11/16/2011)
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