Hornady Critical Defense is a specialty defensive ammunition that is made for the ultimate in performance and to ensure the maximum stopping force on target against a human target. This is an ultra-premium cartridge that utilizes some of the best engineering available in the .38 Special caliber and utilizes premium component offerings to ensure premium performance and adequate personal defensive use.
This is a 110 grain .38 Special load that features a proven Hornady jacketed hollow point in the FTX (Flex-Tip) design that ensures excellent expansion and uniform performance across the board in targets of all types and densities. This is a +P loadout and offers 1090 feet per second velocity and 249 ft. lbs. of energy at the bore exit. This is a potent self-defense and home defense cartridge for those that still need a milder recoiling firearm. Even in ultralight revolvers, the recoil is still manageable, generally.
Because this is a +P load, you should exercise caution when shooting this ammunition. It must only be fired out of firearms equipped with a build quality and component parts that are capable of using +P ammunition in them. If you are unsure about your specific firearm, you can find this information in your owner’s manuals, or by consulting an industry professional for their opinion. Shooting +P ammunition in a firearm not capable of using +P ammunition can lead to serious injury or death.
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