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Hi, Just wanted to state that I was shooting my carry load, CD FTX Lot 3309847 and had a light pop sound when I fired the second round and had to manually eject the round. I think I read somwehere on this site that someone else had trouble with their CD ammobut a different lot number,something about cheap imported primers. I went back to my old ammo of Federal Law Enforcement and all went well. Anybody else having this problem with their ammo?
 

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Hi,

I haven't had any problems with CD ammo, but your problem sounds like a squib load and not a bad primer.  I'd contact Hornady with the lot number as a squib load can be potentially disastrous if a bullet lodges in the bore and a second rounds chambers and fires. :eek:   Occasionally, a light loaded round makes its way into a box of ammo, but I never heard of it happening with Critical Defense ammo. :-?

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Can a light strike cause this type of failure? I am concerned now that the P3AT has a problem. I am not an expert at all and really appreciate any responses. Hopefully someone can put my mind at ease that is defective ammo and not a fireamarm problem.
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Hi,

A light strike would cause the P3AT not to fire at all. A muted report, the pistol not cycling, and the bullet exiting the bore are all signs of a squib round. It's not the P3AT's fault. :cool:

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when you say you "had to manually eject the round" you mean the spent case - sans bullet - right?
 

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It was the entire round in the barrel and was ejected manually after the pop sound. I called CD and they told me they want both boxes back to examine and will replace the ammo with new. I agree, I don't think it's the P3AT. Sadly we can't find the ejected round in the woods. We searched the area and it's hiding somewhere.
 

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This just sounds weird to me. Pop means primer went off which from my understanding usually equals squib and slug lodged in barrel unless the p3at barrel is so short a primer would push it through, but you said the round was intact and lost it.  I would check the barrel just to make sure its clear. Would have been great if you still had the questionable round and maybe some pics of it.  
 

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The only "bad" .380 ammo I've seen around here is the ridiculous $65/box WWB the a-hole hoarders/resellers are charging at the flea markets around here after buying out Wallyworld. >:(
 

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Might be worth a try. I would really like to find this round so the manufacturer can correct the problem. I have sent back the remaining ammo as requested after receiving the shipping label. We still can't believe it has not been found. Thanks for the idea.
 

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UPDATE-Hornady Critical Defense sent me 3 boxes of the FTX ammo after I sent them 2 boxes with about 15 rounds left total. They acknowledged there was a quality control issue in December and they have since rectified the problem with the ammo. I tried 2 mags and they worked flawless. I'm happy with a company that stands behind their product! Bravo to Hornady !!
 

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Great News!

I'm happy that Hornady stands behind their products, and that the new batch meets your expectations.  It's always a bad feeling to hear the clack of a hammer and no boom, whether its a flintlock or a modern P3AT.

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raymac1215 said:
UPDATE-Hornady Critical Defense sent me 3 boxes of the FTX ammo after I sent them 2 boxes with about 15 rounds left total. They acknowledged there was a quality control issue in December and they have since rectified the problem with the ammo. I tried 2 mags and they worked flawless. I'm happy with a company that stands behind their product!  Bravo to Hornady !!
Did they provide a batch that was bad? I have some in the closet and wonder if it could be from the same batch...
 

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I'm sorry, all they said was ammunition made before December. They had a quality control issue. My number was CD FTX Lot 3309847. I would give them a call with your lot number and ask if your ammo is good or not. I'm telling you that "pop" noise will make you concerned of "what if I really needed it just then." Well I have the new stuff in the P3AT and I have to tell myself it will fire. I kept the letter from them and have it in a file. Hope this helps you. It's a shame because I really like they way this ammo feeds and fires without the harsh recoil.
 
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