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Hornady's Critical Duty Faces the FBI Ammunition Protocol Test

Hornady's Critical Duty Faces the FBI Ammunition Protocol Test

Since we first heard about Hornady's Critical Duty ammo in November, we wondered how the round was really different than the company's popular Critical Defense line.

They're calling Critical Duty the "big brother" of the earlier personal defense round, with technology built specifically for the needs of law enforcement. It's a tougher bullet that can go through tougher barriers with a "ruggedized" FlexLock design, a heavy InterLock band and Flex Tip techonology.

What does this all mean? Well, the Flex Tip is designed to accompany the new FlexLock bullet in helping to eliminate clogging and aiding expansion, and the InterLock band is designed to keep the bullet and core from separating.

All of this is said to ensure a bullet that can handle the various FBI barriers, including bare ballistics gel, heavy clothing, drywall, plywood, sheet metal and glass. We caught up with Hornady's Neil Davies at the range to get the scoop on the round and find out if it could really stand up to its "big brother" claims. Hint: We weren't disappointed.

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