250rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo


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Hornady Ammunition 115 Grain Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Ammo Details

This is 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. Hollow Point Ammo.The new Hornady Critical Defense ammunition is the pinnacle in self defense ammunition. Using a variation of the tip material used in the revolutionary LEVERevolution line of ammunition, Hornady engineers were able to achieve 100% reliable expansion every single time. Conventional hollow point pistol bullets have always had issues with the cavity becoming clogged with fibers from clothing which rendered them very ineffective in terms of expansion in soft tissue after encountering the clothing barrier. Critical Defense eliminates this issue — guaranteed. Critical Defense ammo is so effective because of the soft polymer insert in the tip of the bullet. It is rigid enough to prevent clogging when passing through clothing, yet supple enough to deliver violent terminal performance when the bullet encounters soft tissue - EVERY single time. Additionally, all Critical Defense ammunition is loaded with nickel cases to eliminate corrosion and aid in low-light situations, plus its premium low flash propellants deliver maximum velocity, even in very short-barreled handguns. You can trust you and your family’s safety to the only handgun ammunition specifically engineered to deliver 100% consistent performance every single time - Hornady Critical Defense.

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Gel test Results


We tested this Hornady Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W M&P Shield with a 3.1-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 13.62-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.516-inches, retaining 100% of the projectile's original weight.

On this page, you'll see video of our tests including photographs that detail the ammunition before/after firing it through a four-layer barrier into gelatin. Also, you'll see how this Hornady Ammunition 9mm Luger (9x19) ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 9mm Luger (9x19).

To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.

Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison

Image detailing before and after firing 250rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo Image detailing before and after firing 250rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo

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

250rds - 9mm Hornady Critical Defense 115gr. HP Ammo Gel Test Results

Bullet Depth (in.) 13 13.5 13.7 13.8 14.1
Expanded Diameter (in.) 0.48 0.52 0.52 0.52 0.54
Bullet Weight after shot (gr.) 115 115.5 115.7 115.7 115.8
Bullet Velocity (fps) 1059 1062 1063 1064 1072


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  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Marcus Chauvin

    It's my favorite carry ammo.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by Lou

    Awesome round!

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    posted on by JaviD

    Accurate, well control recoil similar to FMJ. Very happy of the quality its now my carry load.

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