Hornady’s .357 Magnum Critical Defense Load – Quick Ammo Review

Combine the legendary stopping power of the .357 Magnum with modern bullet design and you can potentially create an amazingly effective self-defense round. That seems to be exactly what Hornady had in mind when it developed the Critical Defense load chambered for the classic Magnum.


Hornady Rapid Safe Review

Hornady Radid Safe with gun

Freedom is balanced by responsibility. Nowhere is this more obvious than within the firearms community. Gun owners learn safety rules and they are rigorously enforced by range officers and fellow shooters alike.

Securing firearms when not in use is a responsibility that most gun owners take very seriously. Even so, there is the occasional, well-publicized tragedy where a child obtains a firearm and an innocent is harmed or killed.

With the Rapid Safe, Hornady addresses one of the major dilemmas that all gun owners face: the balancing act between quick access in an emergency with secure storage at all other times. In this review, I take a look at the handgun storage device and highlight its strengths and weaknesses.


New Hornady Custom Lite Ammo

Hornady Reduced Recoil Ammo

Hornady announced the addition of several new products at the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Hornady has earned one of the finest reputations in the industry for producing some of the most accurate and high quality ammunition on the market. These new additions look to add to that reputation and open up new possibilities.

One of those new products is the Custom Lite line of ammunition, which claims to reduce recoil 25-40% from standard loads, as well as reduced muzzle blast. Using slightly lighter bullets and modified propellants, Hornady claims a significant recoil reduction can be accomplished. This line is a great way to introduce new shooters, those shooters with smaller frames, or shooters with physical hinderances to larger caliber rifles that they would likely be prevented from shooting with standard cartridges.


Hornady Security: RAPiD Safe

Hornady Security RAPiD safe

The RAPiD Safe is the first product introduced by Hornady Security, a new division of Hornady Manufacturing (the bullet people.)  The safe addresses the issue of quickly accessing a firearm if needed, yet keeping the gun secure if it is not.

There are a variety of products on the market that use a mechanical or electronic keypad, a key, a fingerprint reader, traditional keys or some combination of the above.  Each has weaknesses:  keypads can be difficult to operate under stress, electronic keypads often “beep,” fingerprint readers are not 100% reliable, and keys can be hard to find and use in the dark.  Hornady Security’s RFID (radio frequency ID) solution may be an excellent solution to the problem.


Hornady American Whitetail 12 GA Slug

Hornady 12 gauge slugs

As a follow up to last year’s introduction of the American Whitetail rifle ammunition, Hornady announced a 12 gauge shotgun slug load in the same ammo line.  The new shotgun load will be a welcome addition to the hunting ammo choices for hunters who prefer, or are restricted by law, to deer hunting with shotguns.

The new sabot slug is designed for fully rifled shotguns and uses a 325 grain Interlock hollow point bullet.  The load uses a proprietary buffer that is sandwiched between the slug and the plastic driver in the sabot.  Hornady claims excellent accuracy from the load.  Hornady states this is a 200+ yard load.