Ammo Quest 9mm: Hornady Critical Defense 115-grain test



(from Dec 2013)

Second in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for modern 9mm pocket pistols (such as the Sig Saur P938, Taurus PT709, the Ruger LC9, Kahr CM9, Beretta Nano, Kel-Tec PF9 or S&W Shield or any other popular 9mm micro-pistol using a barrel length of approximately 3").

In this installment, I am testing the Hornady Critical Defense standard-pressure 115-grain FTX jacketed hollow point, part #90250. In this test, the ammo performed very well, delivering great expansion and each round exceeded the minimum 12" requirement, with a five-shot average of 12.75". I then retested it through heavy denim into FBI-spec 10% calibrated ordnance gelatin, and it again passed with flying colors, averaging 13" of penetration with full expansion and each round exceeding 12".

Note: I'm not making any claims for these videos other than that these are the results I achieved, in my own testing, from the stated pistol. I have no intention to make a blanket endorsement or indictment of any product, only to review and report what I found in a given instance. Obviously it is incumbent upon each individual to conduct their own research and make up their own mind about which defensive ammunition is best for their own purposes, in their own firearms.

The purpose of this testing is to find which rounds of ammo perform well enough from a short 3" barrel that they can reliably deliver the penetration (with expansion) that has been documented and proven necessary in order for the bullet to be able to reach the vital organs of an attacker and deliver an incapacitating hit

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