Your .45 ACP is capable of serious stopping power. When John Browning created the cartridge in 1904 at the behest of the U.S. Cavalry, he used testing information from what is now known as the Thompson-LaGarde Tests. Colonel John Thompson and Major Louis Anatole LaGarde used live cattle and cadavers to garner their results, utilizing a variety of calibers to decide what the Cavalry needed. The answer? A round with what they called a “shock effect and stopping effect at short ranges” needed to be of a caliber “not less than .45.” When it comes to knockdown power in handguns, the .45 ACP stands in a class all its own.
If you use your .45 ACP for personal protection, whether at home or for concealed carry, you need hollow points. Even though your gun is capable of using brute strength to slow an assailant, because FMJ’s don’t expand on impact, they tend to over-penetrate, which means they could hit an innocent bystander. That’s why you need a JHP like these fantastic rounds from Hornady. They’re capable of rapid energy transfer and immediately begin to expand and decelerate on impact but because they’re jacketed expansion is more controlled, which means they penetrate more deeply. Jacketing also prevents lead fouling in your gun’s barrel.
Hornady manufactures these defense rounds at their plant in Grand Island, Nebraska. At 230 grain they’re powerful, heavy rounds, and because they’re +P they have even greater velocity and stopping power. They have a muzzle velocity of 950 feet per second and compelling muzzle energy at 462 foot-pounds. There are 20 rounds in this box, so you can keep your handgun loaded for self-defense. It’s also a good plan to fire at least a few rounds so you’re familiar with their increased power. Your .45 ACP is one tough gun, and you should load it for self-defense with truly capable rounds. And with Hornady, you have strength and potency to spare. Self-defense is a no-nonsense business, and you want these no-nonsense rounds.