Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby Sigp23940 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:21 am

I just bought one box of this ammo in 9mm from the Academy in Round Rock. They only had 2 boxes, i plan on using this in my MK9( well once the gun store gets it for me). I wish I would have bought both boxes but cash is an issue atm since its xmas. Anyway since I havent gotten to shoot it with the MK9 yet cant comment on how well it feeds. But since I only have one box I plan on just a couple of clips just to make sure it feeds once I do at least 200 fmj rounds thru the new gun. Hopefully Ill get my plastic tomorrow, then a follow up call from the gun shop would make it perfect! :fire
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby USA1 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:33 pm

Got some . The .380 cycles fine in my LCP. But then again , everyting has cycled fine in my LCP. :fire
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby carlson1 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:15 am

I have been carrying these in my LCP, but just ordered several boxes for my 9mm. I like the round and I appreciate the great review.
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby Mastodon » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:46 pm

Thanks for the review. This is the cartridge I carry in my RAMI.
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby A-R » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:23 pm

Just saw Hornady Critical Defense in .40 S&W for first time at the Austin gun show last weekend. Didn't buy any as they vendor was asking nearly $2 per round for the stuff ($38 for a 20-round box).
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby Carry-a-Kimber » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:51 pm

Very helpful review, I plan on carrying Critical Defense in my LCP if it ever get off back order :roll:
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby The Annoyed Man » Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:38 pm

Engaging in a little thread necromancy here...

...I just got home with a new .357 snubbie, and I bought a box of these in .357 magnum, and I'm anxious to try a few rounds. The pistol is a S&W M&P 340 PD Airlite. It should be an "entertaining" combination.
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby Excaliber » Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:04 pm

The Annoyed Man wrote:Engaging in a little thread necromancy here...

...I just got home with a new .357 snubbie, and I bought a box of these in .357 magnum, and I'm anxious to try a few rounds. The pistol is a S&W M&P 340 PD Airlite. It should be an "entertaining" combination.


That's a great gun.

Be prepared for some pretty snappy recoil.

Most of the folks I know who've tried this combination (I haven't) have called the firing experience "painful". They usually end up carrying .38 Spcl ammo for SD purposes.

I'll be looking forward to hearing your take on this.
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby The Annoyed Man » Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:46 pm

Excaliber wrote:That's a great gun.

Be prepared for some pretty snappy recoil.

Most of the folks I know who've tried this combination (I haven't) have called the firing experience "painful". They usually end up carrying .38 Spcl ammo for SD purposes.

I'll be looking forward to hearing your take on this.

Yeah, it's going to be interesting. I've had a couple of friends who own or have fired this combination with magnum loads who've described it as "stinging" their hand when they shot it, so I'm expecting at least that. I don't expect it to be light and easy shooting. Even my old 642 was punishing to shoot with 158 grain loads. But with 125 grain +P Golden Sabers, it was actually fairly easy to shoot. I could shoot those all day, if I could afford them. So it depends on how much more dramatic a 125 grain .357 magnum load will be than a 125 grain +P .38 Special load.
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Re: Informal Tests: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo

Postby The Annoyed Man » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:07 pm

I reviewed the gun HERE.
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