The Civil Defense 40 S&W is definitely one of our best rounds. It’s definitely a hell of a choice for self defense. It has more kinetic energy than most 45 ACP defense rounds, but weighs less than almost any 9mm. It is also lead free and California compliant.
Weight: 60 GR
Velocity: 2000 FPS
Kinetic Energy: 500 FPE
Accuracy: < 1” @ 25 Meters
Terminal Effect: 3 ½ “W x 12” D
Rounds: 20 per box
Compared to other top self defense 40 rounds, the Civil Defense 40 S&W has
- 34 to 39% less felt recoil
- 70 to 95% more velocity
- 5 to 23% more kinetic energy
- Reduced over-penetration
- More stopping power
Our projectiles function differently than any other self defense round on the market. We designed the Civil Defense line to eliminate threats with one round. We did this by creating the maximum amount of damage and tissue disruption possible. They do well against barriers, but when the large cavity fills with fluid, the hydraulic pressure builds until the side walls of the projectile explode. With that explosion comes rifle sized temporary cavities and hydrostatic shock, therefore increasing stopping power by tenfold. Following the explosion, the bullet fragments into a starburst shaped pattern creating multiple wound channels.
This process also benefits in many other areas across the spectrum of things considered when talking about self defense. Such as reduced over penetration and lessening the risk of unintended casualties. Having a lighter projectile also leads to less muzzle flip for faster follow up shots. All of our rounds are also lead free and California compliant.