25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Duty 135gr. +P FlexLock HP Ammo


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Hornady Ammunition 135 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

Quality, consistency, and accuracy are hallmarks of Hornady’s high-performance ammunition. A great option for law enforcement, tactical professionals, and personal defense, Hornady’s Critical Duty line combines two revolutionary design features to deliver superior performance and increased barrier penetration.

Each Hornady Critical Duty 9mm Luger (9x19 Parabellum) cartridge features a 135 grain jacketed hollow point (JHP) projectile. Each bullet is engineered with Hornady’s FlexLock technology, using a patented polymer flex tip to prevent hollow point clogging as it moves through tough urban barriers. These rounds also feature a unique Interlock band designed to prevent jacket-core separation. The result is near 100 percent weight retention and superior terminal performance through all FBI test barriers.

This ammunition is factory fresh, non-corrosive, boxer primed, and features reloadable nickel-plated brass cases. Cartridges are treated with a waterproof sealant on the neck opening and primer pocket to eliminate jamming and dangerous misfires.

Each round produces a consistent muzzle velocity of 1110 feet per second and a muzzle energy of 369 foot pounds. This is +P overpressure ammunition and should only be used in firearms designed to handle higher pressure levels.

Gel test Results

As you hunt for the best self-defense 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.

We shot five of these Hornady Ammunition rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a S&W M&P Shield. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Hornady Ammunition ammo stacked up relative to other 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo products available to American shooters.

To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Duty 135gr. +P FlexLock HP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Duty 135gr. +P FlexLock HP Ammo

How do the results for this Hornady Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) compare to other 9mm Hollow Point Ammo?

25rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Duty 135gr. +P FlexLock HP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 21.2 21.5 21.8 22.1 22.6
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.39 0.41 0.41 0.42 0.45
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 134.7 134.7 134.8 134.9 135
Bullet Velocity (fps) 996 997 1007 1013 1030

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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Gabe

    I've been using Hornady Critical Duty 135 gr +P for over 10 years in my Sig and have never had any issues. This in my opinion the best ammo for self defense. You can't put a price on reliable performance. This is most definately the ammo you want to have when personal safety is involved.

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