Winchester offers new .410 ammo for personal defense

Coming in March 2010 from Winchester will be their new Supreme Elite PDX1 line of defensive ammo, which will feature multiple projectile loads in .410 and 12 gauge.  From the press release:

Highly effective in both shotguns and 410 compatible handguns, the PDX1 in 410 gauge features a distinctive black hull and black oxide high-base head and combines three plated Defense Disc™ projectiles and 12 pellets of plated BB shot. The result is the ideal personal protection load for short range engagement with the performance needed to stop threats. This load is also suitable for varmint hunting and pest control. Designed for use in the Taurus Judge, this new personal defense round provides maximum protection at close range.

If you’re wondering what a “Defense Disc” projectile is like I was, don’t worry, Winchester was kind enough to provide us with a picture of the new round.

but it looks so coooooool

I’ll be interested to try this out once it hits shelves in March; I’ve got a couple of “defensive” .410 shotguns in the house that are currently loaded with more traditional buckshot.

No promotional consideration or compensation of any type was provided by Winchester.

7 thoughts on “Winchester offers new .410 ammo for personal defense”

  1. How are those pellets supposed to fly?

    I imagine the pellets are stacked like plates in the shell, but would prefer to fly like a Frisbee once set free….this calculates to erratic tumbling in flight in my head.

    Close range indeed, I’d imagine this would be DEVASTATING at standard defensive distances (15 feet or less) but I wouldn’t want to use it for anything outside of that, or on small critters until I read more on how the pellets fly.

    That being said you now have more cool shit to stuff in your Taurus Judge or .410 Derringer.

    And all that said and done, I’d prefer just to stuff the charge holes with .45 Colt and call it good.

  2. Yeah, my .410 guns are all long guns – I think the Judge is an interesting novelty, but not really a serious defensive firearm.

  3. Nope. I have a buddy who has a .410 Derringer as his backup piece/ light carry piece, he loads it up with #00 shells (Which I think gives him 3 pellets, and he has a load tailored for pistols which boasts 1100 FPS….dunno how true that is in a derringer) not bad, but you’d be doing a lot better IMHO with a .45 Colt and a little more barrel.

    For the Judge, you could shorten that comically long frame window and make the gun reasonable for conceal carry, and a 5-shot compact .45 Colt revolver doesn’t sound like too bad an idea to me.

    Honestly I don’t see why .45 Colt doesn’t get more play in modern defensive revolvers.

  4. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it was funny that the CUTTING EDGE TACTICOOL ROUND was in fact something that’s been around since the 1700s.

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