A good all-purpose hollow point round, this load is great at penetration and offers mid range performance numbers from a ballistic perspective. The 990 feet per second velocity and the 392 ft. lbs. offer good performance and the 180 grain projectile is known to be a deeper penetrating projectile for the .40S&W, which makes this a great round when those are important considerations in your personal defense needs.
MagTech is a known brand that has a good history of providing self defense powerhouse loads to consumers that need high quality threat mitigation. This Guardian Gold is a good midrange load for the price giving more options at the not quite premium level of the .40S&W market. That doesn’t discount the components or the build quality, relegating it to a non-premium position. In fact, it simply quantifies the space that this round sits in: it’s typically a cheap priced load in the high penetration side of the .40S&W market. There is a legitimate crowd it caters to. It is not commanding high premium prices, and therefore offers that kind of specialty performance to those who refuse to pay the inflated costs of the ultra-premiums and premium loads. Performance is very similar to the premiums with less inherent cost.
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