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The Customer is Always Right: Our Best-Selling Defensive Rounds

Our top selling defensive rounds, and choosing the best one for you.

June 01, 2023
4 out of 5 star rating 10 Reviews
The Customer is Always Right: Our Best-Selling Defensive Rounds

Hollow point. Trocar tip. FTX. RIP. Frangible.

Those are just some of the many defense-oriented projectiles out there. So how do you choose? If you plan on carrying a pistol daily, your round choice is almost as important as your choice of pistol. So, to help you make the right decision, we're giving you our best-selling defensive rounds so you can see what brands and styles our customers trust with their lives. And really, who knows more than the people who carry these rounds every day?

So here they are, in no particular order.

Hornady Critical Defense

It may not look like a hollow point round, but it is. While other HP rounds feature a hollow cavity, Critical Defense ammo features Hornady's innovative FTX projectile that maximizes the potential of a hollow point. The FTX bullet features a Flex Tip that expands reliably while avoiding the clogging that can plague other hollow points so it doesn't get hung up on clothes, etc. Upon impact, the soft tip compresses into the bullet, initiating immediate expansion across a wide range of velocities. All Critical Defense ammo is loaded in nickel-plated brass cases that resist corrosion and are easily visible in reduced light. 4.9 stars on over 200 reviews should tell you everything you need to know: our customers love and trust Hornady Critical Defense.

Liberty Civil Defense

Liberty knows that speed kills. That's why they load their Civil Defense rounds with projectiles weighing about half of the typical projectile weight. For example, the 9mm Civil Defense ammo features a 50-grain projectile. Most entries on this list are 115- or 124-grain. With such a light projectile, Civil Defense ammo is blisteringly fast. The aforementioned 9mm rounds travels at an estimated 2,000 FPS that's rifle-like speed. Just as unique is the hollow point itself, which is cut extra-deep. Unlike most hollow points that mushroom upon contact, Civil Defense hollow points are designed to fragment. Civil Defense projectiles are capable of punching through barriers without deformation, but once they hit an organic target, they break apart to cause maximum wounding. With both auto and revolver offerings, Liberty Civil Defense could be the right choice for you.

G2 Research RIP

The first thing you'll notice about G2 research RIP ammo is the totally unique and very intimidating projectile. Well, it's every bit as mean as it looks, and if you've seen G2R's popular marketing video, you already know all about it. The solid-copper, trocar-style RIP (Radically Invasive Projectile) was designed to maximize energy dissipation while defeating every known barrier in its path. The trocar design helps stabilize the projectile in travel. As material fills the center, the teeth function like a hole saw, ripping through obstacles like sheetrock, sheet metal, windshields, and plywood (not to mention denim and other problematic fabrics). On contact, the RIP creates between 7 and 9 separate wound channels (depending on caliber) that absolutely devastate soft targets. So it really is the last round you'll ever need.


Federal Ammunition has established a strong reputation in the realm of self-defense ammunition, offering a range of products designed to meet the needs of both law enforcement and civilian shooters.

One of the notable offerings from Federal is the Hydra-Shok line. This ammunition was developed to meet FBI specifications for penetration through various barriers, such as heavy clothing and drywall, while still achieving optimal penetration depth in ballistic gelatin. Another notable product in Federal's self-defense lineup is the Punch ammo. This line, developed using advancements from the Hydra-Shok and HST projectiles, is designed specifically for civilian self-defense scenarios, focusing on rapid expansion without needing to meet FBI barrier penetration standards. This makes Punch ammo a more cost-effective option while maintaining excellent terminal ballistics and reliability.

So there you have it. Our customers trust these rounds for their safety and the safety of their families.

But don't forget it's important to test ammo in your firearm to see how it performs. Make sure you're comfortable with the recoil and patterning, and practice, practice, practice! There's no substitute for range time.

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