Federal seems to have re-branded their Expanding Full Metal Jacket ammo as their new Guard Dog self-protection line. Users will benefit from a solid-nose bullet profile that won’t plug up, but has soft rubbery polymer under the front of the jacket, thus ensuring expansion. (The original Expanding FMJ ammo is gone from their website.)
According to their website:
“Protect your home and loved ones with a cartridge designed exclusively for home defense. Guard Dog™ packs the terminal performance that stops threats while reducing over-penetration through walls. Guard Dog is the new benchmark for defending home and family.”
They are offering one load each for 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP. The bullets are at the light end of the spectrum for bullets, 105gr for 9mm, 135gr for .40S&W and 165gr for .45ACP (same weights as the Expanding FMJ versions). .38 and .44 fans are out of luck, for now.
Here are the ballistics for the 9mm version:
That is useful level of energy, roughly equal to the energy of a traditional bullet design of the same caliber. Some people deride the 9mm as the “europellet”, but those same people never offer to let themselves be shot with one to “prove” the inadequacy of the 9mm. But I will keep offering. I wouldn’t want anyone to accuse me of not giving others the opportunity to improve themselves.
The ammo itself:
The actual bullet looks long, especially for it’s light weight. And, it has a flat nose. I wonder about the feed reliability. And, that case looks like aluminum. I am not a fan of aluminum cases; the rims tear off too easily. The Expanding FMJ ammo had nickel-plated cases.
Federal doesn’t have much information on their website about this ammo. The Expanding FMJ ammo seemed to perform as advertised. And I haven’t seen any of this new Guard Dog ammo in person, so I can’t confirm some of these details.
But this would seem to be a viable ammo for self defense in liberal-infested areas that ban or discourage hollowpoint ammunition, like New Jersey.
We will try to find some of this ammo and test it for reliability. I am also curious to find out how accurate it is (the front/rear weight distribution is very unlike a traditional bullet, due to the lightweight polymer in the front) and how high or low it shoots compared to regular ammo.
Federal is still offering their EMFJ ammo, but only for law enforcement/military sales. And the bullet weights are heavier: