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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)||1135|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||329|
In order to find out how different self-defense handgun loads perform, we decided to do some ballistics gelatin testing of our own. The chart below is a compilation of expansion and penetration data for Hornady 115 gr FTX Critical Defense fired from 10 feet, through four layers of fabric (to simulate clothing), using a Smith & Wesson M&P9C pistol.
The photo slider provides a close-up view of the bullets we recovered from the gelatin, and the video shows this load entering the gel in extreme slow motion.
The diagrams at the bottom of the page can give you an idea of how this load compares to other 9mm Luger (9x19) self-defense loads that we tested.
We did a lot more of this ballistic gelatin testing, including over 100 different loads in a variety of calibers, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for all the details.
|9mm - 115 Grain FTX - Hornady Critical Defense - 250 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 taswa42
I've used a few hundred rounds at the range and they're consistent, and my groupings are consistent. I'm confident this ammo will perform just as good in a life or death situation. Enjoy!
(Posted on 2/2/2020)
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Shoots like a dream
Review by Wildman007
This ammo is pretty incredible. On a glock 19 the difference between this and an average FMJ round is day and night. It shoots extremely crisp and smooth.
My only concern is this, after 6 months of having the ammo in a mag, the red fillers started to come loose and fall out.
So, buy the ammo, train with it regularly and replace those old rounds. Dont leave them sitting forever.
Overall still 5 stars and this is my go to self defense round.
(Posted on 12/5/2018)
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Review by Fred
As always - prompt shipping - prompt receipt. My DL had renewed so I needed to update, thought I had, quick snap with the smartphone (Thanks Theyo!) and it was out the door. Product? Great - these are reserve stock, use in LC9s and M&P no issues.
(Posted on 6/15/2015)
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It does what it's supposed to.
Review by Nikolai
THE best self defense round. period. Wonderful price and spectacular delivery time. Will order again.
(Posted on 12/19/2014)
4 of 15
Good product for what I need it for.
Review by Darsh4343
Would purchase this item again as it is great for practice and efficiency.
(Posted on 8/14/2014)
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No issues. Quick delivery
Review by dj
No issues. Quick delivery
(Posted on 8/3/2014)
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Review by R
Customer service is great answered all my questions. Speedy delivery 2 days you get it the box is there. They run a great business and very competitive with other sites. The fact they guarantee their inventory makes you feel even more comfortable with your purchase. Ammo was great, no problems when shooting.
(Posted on 3/7/2014)
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Great Product Hornady does a great job ... its all it says
Review by pepe
Easy to control load and accurate its a little pricey but buying thru Lucky gunner made it easier to take
(Posted on 2/17/2014)
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Review by YoungGunner
Due to the weather conditions I have not shot any of my ammunition yet, but, it was shipped promptly and without any hassles. The price per round drop down menu gave me an excellent way to pursue hollow point ammunition for a reasonable price. The ammunition was extremely well bundled and securely packaged in the box that it came in.
(Posted on 1/24/2014)
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You get what you pay for...
Review by NRADad
Well worth the money and service was great...
(Posted on 1/6/2014)
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Super fast shipping
Review by Dave
Delivered on the third day
(Posted on 11/28/2013)
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Good SD Rounds
Review by kkinderen
Based on reviews and YouTube videos this is the ammunition I selected for self defense. I've had no problems running this through Sig P226, Sig P938 (updated) and Glock 26. Price seems reasonable for SD rounds. At the range I'll run through a box just to keep the stock rotating.
(Posted on 11/5/2013)
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Review by cobra
Only got to have for home defense and liked the tests for penetration and damage.
(Posted on 10/30/2013)
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Cycles in my fussy mini Sig
Review by Al
I had a difficult time finding ammo that would reliably cycle in my mini Sig 9mm. This stuff works perfectly every time and gives good groups even out to 25 yards.
(Posted on 10/16/2013)
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Good buy for excellent ammo.
Review by Ripper #76
I shoot 200 rounds through my brand new Ruger LC 9, 9mm handgun. I was pleased with the groupings that I got as I was shooting from the 3 yard line, 10 yard line and then the 15 yard line. The ammo burns very cleanly and I had no misfires. I shot a round into a large bucket of wet newspaper and observed proper expansion of the bullet. I really like this ammo and I feel that the price is excellent for this quality ammo.
(Posted on 10/8/2012)
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