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|Bullet Weight||135 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||9mm Luger (9x19)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1110|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||369|
We test fired five rounds of 9mm Luger (9x19) Hornady 135 Critical Duty +P 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 - +P - 135 gr FlexLock JHP - Critical Duty - Hornady - 25 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||17.1||17.3||18.4||18.7||18.9|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.46||0.46||0.47||0.47||0.48|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||133.6||133.6||133.6||133.6||133.7|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1110||1115||1117||1118||1132|
Review by Spencer
I have shot this thru 7 different guns, 3 different manufacturers. It has been super accurate and 100% reliable for hundreds of rounds over 2+ years for me. It has become my go to for duty.
(Posted on 3/22/2019)
1 of 10
Review by WRR
I bought 2 boxes to try out in my 5906. My 5906 has eaten EVERY bullet I have fed it, up until these. I had 3 FTF (Fail To Feed) in 25 rounds. I can't trust this bullet if I were in an altercation with a bad guy. They're a good price and expand perfectly every time......unless they FTF!
(Posted on 3/1/2019)
2 of 10
Review by RichardRichard
These bullets expand perfectly rd after rd . Recoil is light . Feed in ever firearm ive ever used . Rounds have a great nickel coating that keeps them like new .
1 box was submerged in water for hrs . Never had a misfire once dried out . Great ammo
(Posted on 6/21/2017)
3 of 10
Trust this load
Review by Tinman
Never had a failure. Accuracy is super. Expands a little less than some open hollow points but is adequate. Works well on varmints.
(Posted on 1/20/2017)
4 of 10
Review by CodyH
This is the most consistent self defense ammunition I have ever seen. There are some other rounds that expand more but every bullet will expand exactly the same with this load, and that's what makes it great. The recoil is moderate, functions perfectly with zero FTE or FTF after 275 rounds. Accuracy is far better than plinking target loads! Highly recommend this product for any type of self defense. Oh, and this ammunition surpassed the FBI standards for a self defense 9mm cartridge!
(Posted on 8/29/2016)
5 of 10
None better in the 9mm category.
Review by Missinglink
I load this ammo in my Beretta PX4 Sub Compact for personal carry. I like the fact that it passed the FBI requirements with superior results in all categories. Throw in that Hornady's quality and control there of and it's a winner. At least for me.
(Posted on 10/29/2015)
6 of 10
Review by occam
Doing business with Lucky Gunner is always a great experience. Fast, reasonable and good service.
(Posted on 11/5/2014)
7 of 10
Review by TheGunFather
Great bullet integrity
(Posted on 9/10/2014)
8 of 10
A Nine Worth Your Time
Review by Wagonmaster
Hornady's Critical Duty is more than a notch up from their Critical Defense, especially in 9 mm. Heavier than standard with relatively high antimony, the bullet packs something previous Nines lacked: terminal punch at the end of the crush cavity. Penetration for Nines has always been good in hardball, but JHPs can fail. Crit Duty holds together and although the mushroom is not spectacular, it is predictable. The only drawback is that the polymer filling in the cavity can drag on the mag interior, causing occasional feeding issues (I had heard about that, and it finally happened to my Beretta 92FS). Just be sure to thump the rear of the charged mag against your palm before loading to make sure all case heads are seated and you should be good to go with one of the best defensive rounds for a full-sized Nine on the market.
(Posted on 7/23/2014)
9 of 10
EXCELLENT DUTY AMMO
Review by PESCI
I CARRY A 45 CALIBER GLOCK MODEL 36 FOR SEARCH WARRANT WORK HOWEVER I DID RESEARCH ON 9MM AMMO TO INCLUDE THE RECENT AMERICA RIFLEMAN MAGAZINE ARTICLE GIVEN TO ME BY OUR BALLISTICS EXPERT FOR THE COUNTY AND THE RATINGS ON THIS PARTICULAR 9MM CRITICAL DUTY HAS NOW PROMPTED ME TO CARRY A 9MM S&W SHIELD AS BOTH MY BACK UP WEAPON AND FOR UNDERCOVER USE IN A WAISTBAND HOLSTER. THE ROUND HAS REALLY GOOD STOPPING POWER AND DOES NOT GET BOGGED DOWN IN HEAVY CLOTHING BECAUSE OF HOLLOW POINT CLOGGING. IT CUTS THROUGH MATERIAL THEN EXPANDS CAUSING SERIOUS TISSUE DAMAGE.
(Posted on 9/10/2012)
10 of 10
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