Ammo Review: Hornady Critical Duty vs. A Huge Pile of B.S.

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Today we hope to answer many pressing questions: What happens when you shoot a bullet at a huge pile of B.S.?If the B.S. is laid on really thick, will it clog up a hollowpoint bullet and prevent it from expanding? Is shooting at a pile of B.S. kind of like squashing a pregnant spider? Does […]

Hornady Critical Duty 9mm +P 135 grain Flexlock

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We’ve been doing lots and lots of shooting with both Hornady Critical Defense and more recently Hornady Critical Duty. Our supply of the relatively new Hornady Critical Duty 9mm +P 135 grain Flexlock arrived this week so we took it out for some testing. The first observation – and we’ve seen this consistently with Hornady […]

Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special +P 100 grain Ammunition

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We’ve been testing a lot of Hornady Critical Defense ammunition and with rare exception, we’ve observed excellent results. Critical Defense is designed with a polymer plug in the hollow point cavity which aids with bullet expansion – even after the round penetrates barriers that would clog a normal hollow point round. We’ve shot it through […]

Ammo Test: Will Your Short Barrel 9mm Penetrate Heavy Clothing?

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Of course, penetration is only part of the battle. Will your 9mm ammo actually expand after penetrating heavy clothing? On this episode of Will It Expand, we aim to find out! As we couldn’t find any heavily dressed bad guy volunteers, we resurrected the boots, stuffed them full of old shirts, and placed them in […]

Ammo Review: Hornady Critical Defense vs. Flour – Will it Expand?

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Why? Umm. Because we can? In this episode, we test Hornady Critical Defense ammunition against what is arguably the cloggiest stuff known to hollowpoints – flour. Stick with us, you never know when you might run into a real-world shootout in a bakery. Or something. Being that we expected flour to be a tough customer, […]

Ammo Review: Hornady Critical Defense vs. Grape Jelly – Will It Expand?

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All y’all have some pretty weird suggestions for our semi-serious ammo testing. Here we are, trying to be all scientific, and you keep sending suggestions for silly random things to shoot. Like you really might find yourself in a situation where you have to shoot through a large glass jar of grape jelly to protect […]

Ammo Review: Hornady Critical Defense vs. SPAM

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Welcome back to our continuing series where we subject Hornady Critical Defense and Critical Duty ammo to all sorts of abusive and at times, ridiculous, tests. You see, it’s supposed to expand every time. And we’re going to find out if it does. Our reader suggestion for this episode is… Spam. Yes, the simulated meat […]

Ammo Review: Will Hornady Critical Defense Ammo Expand in Rocks?

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We’ve had great success getting Hornady’s Critical Defense ammo to expand after passing through all sorts of crazy things – plastic, old garage rags, honey bears, Wal-Mart house brand grape jelly, spam, flour, e-mail, leather boots, canned vegetables, and more. So we figured it’s time for the ultimate test. Rocks. Rocks are hard and as […]

Ammo Review: Hornady Critical Defense Ammo: These Boots Were Made for Shootin’

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This week’s episode of ‘Will It Expand’ undresses the heaviest of outerwear – leather. As we had no interest in perforating our nice leather coat, we elected to use an even tougher leather barrier – an old pair of Justin Boots. So – stick with us here – the idea is to shoot hollow point […]