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Critical Defense® LITE Ammunition – 38 Special, 90 Grain, FTX


The Critical Defense® Lite™ 38 Special load is an effective, reduced recoil option for ANY shooter looking to minimize the felt recoil of their lightweight, compact personal protection revolver. 

Designed with the same proven components as our Critical Defense® line of ammunition, this offering features a 90 grain FTX® bullet with a unique PINK Flex Tip®! The pink bullet tips and pink ribbon packaging help signify our desire to share in the fight against breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Critical Defense® Lite™ will go to help fund breast cancer research.

  1. Highly effective reduced recoil load for ALL shooters
  2. Excellent choice for compact, lightweight revolvers
  3. Same point of aim / point of impact as standard Critical Defense® loads
  4. PINK Flex Tip® – portion of the proceeds go to help fund breast cancer research.


Hornady Critical Defense ammunition is the pinnacle in self defense ammunition

  • Unaffected by thick and heavy clothing, including denim and leather.
  • Patented FTX bullet delivers superior controlled expansion and large, deep wound cavities over a wide range of velocities.
  • Clean burning and stable propellants reduce recoil in lightweight handguns, and perform consistently in all temperatures.
  • Minimal muzzle flash protects night vision.
  • Feeds reliably in all pistols.
  • Shiny silver nickel plating prevents corrosion, and is easily visible in low light situations.
  • Bullets are cannelured and crimped to avoid bullet setback.
  • Bullets are custom designed for individual loads.
  • The most effective, consistent, and reliable self-defense ammunition available today!


Item Number 90300
Weight 0.75 lbs
Ballistic Coefficient (G1) .095
Sectional Density .101
Test Barrel Length (inches) 4″ V
Quantity 25/BX


Test Barrel (4 V”) Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)
Muzzle 50 100
1200/288 1037/215 938/176

42 in stock

SKU: HOR90300 Category:

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