Choosing home defense ammunition is a delicate task. It can be difficult to find a round that has the performance to be able to stop an aggressor, yet doesn’t over-penetrate. Hollowpoint handgun ammunition for example is normally considered a standard round for personal defense. The problem is that when a hollowpoint bullet penetrates through a barrier, or even a few layers of cloth, before hitting the intended target, it tends to perform more like a full metal jacketed round. Particles and debris fill up the hollow cavity of the bullet and prevent it from expanding as it was designed to do.
Federal Premium Ammunition has a new product that solves this problem. Their new Guard Dog Home Defense ammunition was designed from the ground up specifically for home defense. It features a unique expanding full metal jacket design that can effectively eliminate threats while not over-penetrating drywall and plywood barriers.
Federal’s Guard Dog ammo works by utilizing an expanding polymer core. The full metal jacket design can’t fill with debris from a wall or heavy fabrics, yet upon impact the bullet expands to as much as twice the original diameter. Tests conducted by Federal showed that their new design could pass through 4 layers of drywall and then stop in less than 15″ of ballistic gelatin. Traditional hollowpoint ammunition on the other hand passed through 4 layers of drywall and then continued on to completely penetrate 15″ of ballistic gel before exiting the other side.
Guard Dog Home Defense ammunition will initially be available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. MSRP is not known at this time.