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SHOT Show 2012: Hornady's Critical Duty Designed for LE

January 17, 2012  | 

Hornady tested its new Critical Duty ammunition on six barriers, including gelatin, wallboard, heavy clothing, plywood, sheet metal, and glass. Photo: Hornady
Hornady tested its new Critical Duty ammunition on six barriers, including gelatin, wallboard, heavy clothing, plywood, sheet metal, and glass. Photo: Hornady

Hornady produced its Critical Duty ammunition with law enforcement in mind by testing it against six urban barriers so officers could effectively stop threats without risking over penetration, company reps said at SHOT Show.

Following standard FBI protocol, Hornady fired the projectiles into bare gelatin, wall board, heavy clothing, plywood, sheet metal, and glass. When fired from 10 feet away from the target, the bullets achieved 12-15 inches of penetration in each of the media.

The Critical Duty line, which was officially launched in November, is available in 9mm, 138-grain; 9mm +P, 135-grain; and .40 S&W, 175-grain. Critical Duty builds on Hornady's Critical Defense line by incorporating its Flex-Tip rubber bullet that aids expansion after impact.

Hornady's Critical Duty .40 S&W, 175-grain bullet achieved 12-18 inches of penetration in various tests. Photo: Hornady
Hornady's Critical Duty .40 S&W, 175-grain bullet achieved 12-18 inches of penetration in various tests. Photo: Hornady

The new projectile ("FlexLock" in Hornady parlance) uses the Flex Tip bullet wrapped in a metal band (the "InterLock") that keeps the bullet and core from separating. The projectile reacts differently depending on the barrier it encounters, according to Hornady.

Critical Duty bullets have a high-antimony lead core that provide "controlled expansion" when the bullet hits one of the barriers.

Nickel-plated cases help an officer's visibility during low-light chamber checks.

By Paul Clinton

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Comments (8)

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Cam @ 1/17/2012 11:12 PM

What about the retirees who have made a few folks unhappy? We have to protect ourselves also. Seems once a person is put to pasture, they forget all about you. I live in the middle of nowhere and the response time of the deputy that comes on at 1100 hours is not the likely choice for myself and hubby. It is not just the uniform they hate, see, etc., it is also the face. Please do not forget about us! Thanks for your time.

charlie @ 1/17/2012 11:50 PM

Cam I too am retired and I agree with you totally. It seems once we dinosaurs are put out to pasture we truly are forgotten. No matter how many years you put in, you are either in or out. I worked in a town of 20,000 people and everyone knew me. They don't forget or forgive even for a traffic ticket issued 25 years earlier. I truly hope we won't be forgotten!

David @ 1/18/2012 6:26 AM

Charlie & Cam, I don't know where you folks live but no military or LE veteran should ever be forgotten and I personally never will. I fail to see what that has to do with Hornady's new Critical Defense ammo? Even though it was designed with LE in mind I have no doubt that it will be available to you as well (I've never seen any "LE Only" ammo that wasn't).

I'd buy you both a cup of coffee anytime, and probably treat you to lunch too if I knew you were a retired LEO just as I do with military veterans. I cannot remember where the quote came from, but I know it to be true: "A nation that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."

Leonard Mather @ 1/18/2012 6:54 PM

Not a LEO, but rather, a Forensic Psychologist. I have observed that Perps, Ex-cons, criminals, ne'-er-do-wells, and sundry no-goodniks seem to have no trouble whatsoever in acquiring ammo of any kind in order to carry out their nefarious schemes. Such being the case, Cam, Charlie and David will have zero trouble in getting ammo--preferably the kind traveling 18 inches plus.

Sheriff D @ 1/19/2012 7:56 AM

Is there a .45 caliber round? If not, there should be.

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 1/19/2012 10:59 AM

9 mm! Sorry but I have never had any interest in 9 mm's, even since 1964. Give me my .357, 6" barrel shooting 158 grain 1/2 jacketed bullets or even better, Iloved carrying my .44 mag. That's what I call critical duty..

Fed Cop @ 1/20/2012 8:09 AM

I haven't seen any place that restricts LE ammo from retirees. If you present your creds and badge, you should be able to purchase LE ammo

Biffster @ 1/22/2013 9:12 AM

I know this is late to the party, but I purchased 500 rounds of this very "LE" round online. I didn't have to show any proof of LE-relation (I have none, BTW). While it may be marketed toward the LE professionals, virtually any type of ammo is accessible by the general public. After all, LEO's are people too. Nothing "different" about them at all. Some people sell cars, some people answer phones, some people keep the peace.

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