ShootingTheBull410: NAA Black Widow Firing Hornady Critical Defense

Recently we published ShootingTheBull410’s test of the North American Arms Black Widow mini-revolver firing Gold Dots and the results were surprisingly good. Now he puts the same pocket pistol to the test with Hornady’s Critical Defense, with its vaunted (or at least highly marketed) anti-clogging polymer tip. Hornady brags that the 22 Magnum version of Critical Defense offers “terminal ballistics comparable to the .380 Auto Critical Defense load.”  Consider the gauntlet thrown down — that sounds like something that can be tested. Check out he video for the results.

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  1. avatar Glenn says:

    Love my Keltec PMR-30 & would probably buy an NAA. But DANG! .22 WMR is expensive! But think I’ll stick to my Glock 30s for EDC.

  2. avatar Jim March says:

    What he didn’t mention is that the Speer GD in 22mag uses CCI shells and primers since Speer owns CCI. And nobody does rimfire ignition as well as CCI, period, end of discussion.

    So even if this round matched the GD, Speer would win.

  3. avatar Paladin says:

    There seems to be a glitch with your website, the home page displays the wrong video sometimes.

  4. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    I would never use a 22 as a bug. Simply because of the fact that my 2nd bug (of 3 firearms). However, no one likes to have holes put into them, even in 22 caliber. So all in all if I had no choice I would use this ammo. However it would be used only in a point blank situation. Just my 2 cents worth.

  5. avatar tdiinva says:

    I don’t really care if the bullets didn’t expand. A 22 cartridge is a desperation round. If it hits the guy and makes him bleed it has done its job.

  6. avatar ValleyForge77 says:

    Good review. Thanks STB410. Having an NAA Pug .22 WMR, this was applicable to me and very informative. Agree this is not an ideal defensive round but is better than having nothing at all. In some situations for me, it’s this or nothing. Not a good EDC, but a workable, emergency, very close range defensive weapon. Looks like speer has the slight edge, but wasnt terribly disappointed in the hornady’s performance. I would think penetration would trump expansion with this small of a round, so the denim results arent all that awful. Anyway, thanks.

  7. avatar LJM says:

    First rule in a gun fight, have a gun. And with a NAA mini, you can have one 99% of the time.

  8. avatar Rod says:

    I have the .22LR Black Widow with adjustable sights. Not much of a challenge to break orange clays at 50 yards. Great shooting little revolver.

  9. avatar Seth says:

    So, just out of curiosity; what happens to the performance if you remove the little polymer tip? In the larger calibers, at least, they’re simply stuck in there and can be pulled out. Someone should test that.

  10. avatar Larry Bagbey says:

    Critical defense .22 mag by Hornady. Great penetration, really good power. I use these in a Cobra derringer. The only problem I have had is the case expanding . Making ejection really hard. Have tried other brands , but they didn’t produce the same power etc.easier ejection but I guess you’ve got to give up something to have something.

  11. avatar Richard Johnson says:

    I have a NAA .22 MAG mini revolver and the hornady just doesn’t work well. Once you have fired a few the expansion keeps the cylinder from rotating and they are hard to eject. Twice they have jammed the cylinder up to the point I couldn’t rotate it or get it out. Never had a seconds problem with the Speer Gold Dot.

    1. avatar deanofmean says:

      I’ve had the problem with the Aguila rounds I was using in my .22Mag Dark Shadow. I used them in the second cylinder I ran through the day I got the revolver. The cylinder stuck and I about lost my shyt on it! After clearing it and trying again with the same result, I looked and saw primer surface was pressed out just enough to wedge the cylinder and keep it from moving. Changed the ammo and have never had another issue with it.

  12. avatar Ken says:

    Re: Those non-expanding shots through the denim……….

    Aren’t those bullets turned backwards? Didn’t they tumble quite a bit (maybe a lot) while passing through the denim and gelatin?? Doesn’t the tumbling perform the same kind of damage as an expanded non-tumbling round? Seems like the frontal area covered by a tumbling bullet would actually be greater that an expanded non-tumbler.

  13. avatar Ken says:

    Re: Those non-expanding shots through the denim……….

    Aren’t those bullets turned backwards? Didn’t they tumble quite a bit (maybe a lot) while passing through the denim and gelatin?? Doesn’t the tumbling perform the same kind of damage as an expanded non-tumbling round? Seems like the frontal area covered by a tumbling bullet would actually be greater that an expanded non-tumbler.

    And over a longer path, since they penetrated deeper than the non-tumbling rounds.

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