These technologically advanced bullets feature our patented Flex Tip technology which means they are safe to shoot in firearms with tubular magazines as well as any other firearm. Not only are they safe, they also deliver the flattest trajectories ever from these firearms.
It doesn’t end there. Another benefit of Flex Tip technology is devastating terminal performance. Upon impact, the flexible tip deforms back into the bullet initiating violent, controlled expansion that transfers a great deal of energy to the vitals.
Now, Hornady has introduced that same idea into self defense ammunition with their new Critical Defense.
Concealed carry and personal defense ammunition is redefined with the introduction of Hornady Critical Defense ammunition. You may have never thought about the effects of fabric and clothing on the performance of personal defense ammo. But clothing — especially heavy clothing — has a lot to do with how the bullet expands upon impact.
Conventional hollow point bullets penetrate clothing and soft tissue fine, but their design allows fibers and fabric to clog the tip which diminishes expansion and causes unreliable bullet performance.
Hornady Critical Defense ammunition eliminates clogging with the use of their patented Flex Tip® bullet. Upon entering soft tissue, the tip swells and imparts equal pressure across the entire circumference of the bullet cavity. The result is unrivaled bullet expansion and performance every single time!
From the photos that Hornady has on their website, and from the video below, they seem to expand reliably, even through heavy clothing. I guess we’ll just have to wait until next year to test some out.