The Difference Between Critical Defense® & Critical DUTY®

Quick Reference

For a quick guide on how Critical DEFENSE® differs from Critical DUTY®, click here to download the Critical DEFENSE® vs Critical DUTY® flier (PDF).

 

Critical Defense

Critical DEFENSE® = Backup
Weapons/Off-Duty Carry

Critical DEFENSE® handgun ammunition is ideal for backup weapons, off-duty carry or for those serving in executive protection, undercover operations, or any dedicated close quarters situations.

 

FlexLock CutawayCritical DEFENSE® provides controlled expansion while reducing the potential of over penetration. The patented FTX® bullet and associated Flex Tip® technology used in Critical DEFENSE® ammunition eliminates the clogging and inconsistent expansion and penetration that often plagues hollow point bullets.

 

All Critical DEFENSE® ammunition is loaded in nickel-plated cases for improved feeding and increased visibility in low-light situations. Critical DEFENSE® is unaffected by thick, heavy clothing (including denim and leather) and delivers superior controlled expansion with deep wound cavities over a wide range of velocities. Premium low­flash propellants have been specifically tailored for short-barreled handguns to deliver proven performance.

 

*As defined by the "FBI Protocol" handgun ammunition tests.

 


 

Critical Duty

Critical DUTY® = On-Duty/
Patrol/Tactical

Critical DUTY® handgun ammunition is built to meet the diverse on-duty requirements of law enforcement and tactical professionals. Critical DUTY® ammunition delivers superior barrier penetration and subsequent terminal performance, while still minimizing the liability of over-penetration.*

 

Critical Duty CutawayThe FlexLock'" bullets loaded in all Critical DUTY'" offerings are rugged, heavy-jacketed bullets that deliver"barrier blind" performance when shot through common urban barriers* (bare gelatin, auto glass, sheet metal, plywood, drywall, and heavy clothing). In addition, Critical DUTY'" loads are designed to work in ALL handguns. However, these loads deliver optimized performance through the FBI Protocol test when used in full-sized handguns.

 

All Critical DUTY® ammunition is loaded in nickel plated cases for improved feeding and increased visibility in low-light situations and features waterproof sealant around the primer and the case mouth to provide superior performance no matter your environment.

 

*As defined by the "FBI Protocol" handgun ammunition test.

FBI Tested and Selected

 

Critical DUTY® ammo is packaged in SO-count boxes for Law Enforcement.

Critical Duty 9mm

Critical DUTY® ammo features waterproof sealant around the primer.

  Critical Duty Closeup - top Critical DUTY® ammo features an "H" on the tip.