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Hornady Adds .45 Auto To Critical Duty Line

November 08, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Hornady.
Photo courtesy of Hornady.

Hornady Manufacturing has introduced a .45-caliber auto +P Critical Duty round for law enforcement designed to stop threats without overpenetration, the company announced.

The 45 Auto+P, 220-grain round delivers a muzzle velocity of 975 feet per second with 464 ft.-lbs. of energy.

The projectiles were fired into media such as bare gelatin, wall board, heavy clothing, plywood, sheet metal, and glass using FBI ballistic testing protocols. In testing, the round reached almost 18 inches penetration in gelatin simulating sheet metal and 13 inches in gelatin simulating wall board.

Hornady introduced the Critical Duty line in 2011 with rounds 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.

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.

Related:

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John L. Carp @ 11/8/2012 6:18 PM

I have extensively tested both the Hornady Critical Defense and Critical Duty ammunition and found it to work exactly as advertised!
Hornady spent a tremendous amount of time and testing and working out every finite detail of this ammunition. The user will notice that the bullet weights are different from industry standard per caliber, across the current and projected Critical Duty line. This is because Hornady started with a fresh sheet of paper on this ammunition and designed the very best bullet for the mission, not worrying about adhereing to traditional weights for the purpose of keeping with tradition. I highly recommend this ammunition, where the carrier has lattitude of choice. This is certainly a very good selection for winter carry. I personally carry the 135 gr. 9mm+P off duty and that is the very best endorsement I can offer. I look forward to additional caliber offerings.
Respectfully
john

U.S Dept. of Justice
Firearms Instructor

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