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Hornady and Federal-Speer Ammunition

Written by Jim Weiss

The Hornady 223 Rem 75 grain HPBT TAP PRECISION® is a match quality load and Hornady’s heaviest TAP® (Tactical Application Police) offering in this patrol rifle caliber. This hollowpoint boattail can be used in 14.5 and 16-inch barrel firearms with either a .223 Rem or 5.56 NATO chambers and twist rates faster of 1 in 10 or faster.

This Hornady 75 grain bullet offers deeper penetration than the 55 grain and 60 grain TAP bullets, yet still penetrates less than most police pistol bullets. This bullet also penetrates barriers with minimal deflection and breakup. Whether fired through a barrier or not, this bullet generates very large and consistent wound cavities. This match-grade round is a good choice for .223 Rem sniper applications.

The Hornady 9mm 124 Grain TAP CQ (Close Quarter) is the lightest weight, highest energy bullet in the TAP CQ series for the 9mm. Loaded to a velocity of 1,110 fps, this optimal bullet weight produces reliable expansion and adequate penetration in all of the FBI Protocol ballistic gelatin tests. The combination of more energy and more momentum gives this round more cycle reliability than heavier 9mm bullet weights.

Hornady recently introduced Hornady Critical Defense ammunition for back-up, off-duty, and concealed carry applications. Among the effects of fabric and clothing on the performance of personal defense ammo, clothing — especially heavy clothing — has a lot to do with how the bullet expands upon impact.

Conventional hollow point bullets often experience tip clogging as the bullet passes through light and heavy clothing, 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. This ammunition is available in the common off-duty calibers: 380 Auto, 9mm, 38 Special, and 38 Special +P.

Federal and Speer

Federal Premium Tactical Buckshot is a shot shell system that delivers the tightest buckshot patterns available for law enforcement. These loads are packed in a fine, granulated buffer that prevents pellet deformation and ensures a smooth release for the wad. Tactical Buckshot offers a tight group, accuracy, function, penetration; the pellets are electrochemically plated.

When combined with the Flight Control wad, it gives dependable and predictable pattern performance because the buckshot remains in the wad until impact. Federal Premium Tactical Buckshot is offered in “reduced recoil” 8 pellet and 9 pellet 00, and a full power 9 pellet 00 for semiauto shotguns.

The Federal Premium Tactical® TRU® Soft Point was specifically designed for use in law enforcement’s patrol rifles based on the AR-15 platform. Federal Tactical® TRU® ammunition is engineered using Mil-Spec specifications for reliable functioning including Mil-Spec brass and low-flash powders. This line carries a full lineup of bullets – from fragmenting designs, to deeper-penetrating, barrier-defeating options.

Speer Gold Dot Duty Rifle Ammunition is now available in for the 223 Rem and 30 Carbine. The bullets are optimized for expansion out to 200 yards – even from barrels as short as 10 inches. According to Speer, these new loads have outstanding feeding in short, very short, and standard length AR platforms.

Exact tolerances and bullet uniformity of jacket thickness give Gold Dot rifle loads their accuracy and feature flash suppressed propellants and a muzzle velocity of up to 3220 fps. Non-corrosive, non-mercuric CCI primers mean reliable ignition under harsh conditions. Also, the new Speer LE Gold Dot 5.56 x 45mm and 308 rounds feature nickel-plated brass cases for smooth functioning and durability.

Jim Weiss is a retired lieutenant from the Brook Park, Ohio, Police Department and a frequent contributor to LAW and ORDER. Mickey Davis is a California-based writer and author.

Published in Tactical Response, Jan/Feb 2012

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