When it comes to today’s self-defense minded gun owner, few companies have you covered with the ammunition options like Winchester does.
In fact, Winchester’s Defender line of ammunition has at least one offering for every handgun caliber, rifle, rimfire cartridge and shotshell typically employed in the defense of home and person. Additionally, there are truly unique loads that exhibit true “thinking outside of the box” to improve terminal performance, all in an effort to stop an assailant.
In the handgun line, the company has eight loads ranging from a 95-grain .380
Auto load to a 230-grain .45 Auto load including two different weighted offerings
in 9mm. For owners of revolvers capable of firing both .45-caliber rounds as well as .410 shells, in addition to a .45 Colt loading, the company has .410-shotshells loaded with its uniquely shaped Defense Discs and BB-size pellets for maximum effect. Rounding out the Defender handgun loads is a 40-grain .22 WMR, which covers the most compact defensive guns available.
For long guns, and semi-automatic rifles in particular, Winchester has 60- and 77-grain .223 Rem. loads, as well as a 120-grain .308 Win. Defender offering. All bullets utilize Winchester proprietary Split-Core Technology, featuring a bonded rear core and a nonbonded core directly behind the hollow-point design. The final option could be the most intriguing, though. Given the plethora of AK and SKS rifles popular today, not to mention ARs chambered in 7.62x39mm, the Defender line also features a high-quality 120-grain bullet capable of 2,365 fps velocities
Rounding out the Defender line are some unique and very effective shotshells, the first choice for many self-defense practitioners. First, in both 12-gauge and 20-gauge is a 2-inch segmenting slug that, during penetration, breaks into three pieces to create multiple wound channels and deliver more energy on-target. Winchester also has an updated “buck-and-ball” load in which a 1-ounce rifled lead slug sits atop three OO buckshot pellets. It could be, quite possibly, the most lethal shotshell combination in ever made.
As you can see, with its Defender series ammunition, Winchester has you covered, regardless of your personal protection firearm choice.
Photo Courtesy Patrick “Buzz” Hayes