Hornady Critical Duty Wins FBI 9mm Full-Size Duty Ammunition Contract


The Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded Hornady with a fixed price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement for 9mm +P Luger 135 grain Critical Duty ammunition. “The selection of our Critical Duty 9mm+P 135 grain for two consecutive FBI 9mm contracts shows our team’s hard work and dedication to providing the best law enforcement ammunition available,” said Scott Javins, Chief of Hornady LE/Military product. .

Critical Duty, introduced in 2011, features the rugged Hornady FlexLock bullet that provides “blind” performance when fired through common urban barriers. The patented projectile incorporates two revolutionary Hornady features, providing superior barrier penetration and consistent performance in FBI tactical handgun ammunition tests.

Illustrated shooting Ammo editor Richard Mann reported that “In 2009 Hornady found a solution with what he calls the FlexTip (FTX) bullet. The FTX was essentially an XTP with a polymer ball inserted inside the hollow point cavity. It is loaded into Hornady’s critical defense ammunition and circumvented the problem of hollow point clogging, as the bullet already had incompressible material inside the nose cavity. When the bullet hit something, the force on the nose of the bullet pressed the polymer ball against the sides of the cavity and caused the bullet to expand.

The patented approach eliminates clogging and facilitates bale expansion. A large InterLock mechanical band from the jacket to the core prevents the bullet and core from separating for maximum weight retention, and provides excellent expansion, consistent penetration and terminal performance through all FBI test barriers. Other features that make it desirable for law enforcement include its shiny nickel-plated housings – which simplify chamber checks in low light conditions – and its low-flash, clean-burning propellants to preserve vision. nocturnal in low light shots.

The same charges were selected by the FBI in 2018, although this is not the first time the Bureau has used the innovative charges. In 2017 the agency chose Critical Duty .40 S&W 175 grain ammunition.

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