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Hornady 90225 Critical DUTY - 9mm Luger +P 135 Grain FlexLock in 50 round LE box - FBI

Hornady 90225 Critical DUTY - 9mm Luger +P 135 Grain FlexLock in 50 round LE box - FBI
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Hornady #90225 9MM LUGER+P 135 gr FlexLock® Critical DUTY®

Hornady® has been awarded a Fixed Price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its 9mm+P Luger 135 gr. FlexLock® Critical Duty® ammunition.

Law enforcement and tactical professionals now have a truly advanced, 21st century handgun ammunition solution that delivers the most consistent and reliable urban barrier performance ever created! The proven Flex Tip® design of the new FlexLock® bullet eliminates clogging and aids bullet expansion. Its large mechanical jacket-to-core InterLock® band works to keep the bullet and core from separating for maximum weight retention and proven terminal performance through all FBI test barriers.

"I happened to look at Doc's approved carry load list today to recommend ammo for someone and noticed that the Hornady 135 Gr +P was added to the acceptable 9MM loads."

"Things keep getting tested and refined. In some recent LE agency testing, the 9 mm +P CD performed a bit better. That is why the list is a "living" item that gets updated as things change..."Dr. Gary Roberts

"It is strongly recommended that LE agencies approve at least two similar loads from different manufacturers, to help ensure a consistent supply of ammunition in times of scarcity. In other words, if an agency adopts HST, it would be prudent to also approve a load with similar terminal performance, like Ranger Talon or loads using Barnes Tac-XP projectiles; alternatively, if an agency adopted Speer G2, it would be smart to also authorize Hornady Critical Duty or Winchester bonded loads, as they will perform in like fashion." Dr. Gary Roberts

"I do know that Dallas PD switched wholesale to Critical Duty though."

"As the guys at Hornady informally put it: “Critical Defense ammo is for us. Critical Duty ammo is for cops."" Handgunsmag.com

1) FLEXLOCK® BULLET incorporates two revolutionary Hornady features: the patented Flex Tip® that initiates consistent expansion every single time while preventing any clogging, and the heavy duty InterLock® band that locks the jacket and core together.

2) CANNELURED BULLET WITH CRIMPED CASE ensures no bullet setback during feeding.

3) INTERLOCK® BAND works to keep the bullet and core from separating for maximum weight retention and proven terminal performance through all FBI test barriers.

4) CORE is made of high-antimony lead making it extremely tough, delivering controlled expansion for unparalleled terminal performance consistency through all FBI test barriers. It’s also more economical than similar bonded bullets.

5) NICKEL-PLATED CASES resist corrosion and greatly enhance low-light chamber checks.

Critical DUTY® = Tactical

Critical DUTY® handgun ammunition is built to meet the needs and requirements of LAW ENFORCEMENT and TACTICAL PROFESSIONALS, as well as those law abiding citizens who prefer a full-size handgun for their personal protection and demand superior barrier penetration and subsequent terminal performance.*

FlexLock CutawayThe FlexLock® bullets loaded in all Critical DUTY® offerings are rugged, heavy jacketed bullets that deliver virtually “barrier blind” performance (i.e. total penetration, weight retention and expansion are practically the same) when shot through common urban barriers* (bare gelatin, auto glass, sheet metal, plywood, drywall, heavy clothing*). In addition, Critical DUTY® loads are “full power loads” designed to function full-size handgun slides. Although designed to work flawlessly in ALL handguns, these loads are NOT optimized for short barreled, concealed carry style handguns ; they will deliver standard recoil during firing.

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