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Ultimate Defense Loads

With the dangers that lurk about society and that are captured on the news each week, self-defense and protecting one’s family is on a lot of people’s minds these days. Ask any gun shop owner and they’ll tell you, the number one sales driver in their stores are handguns, particularly ones that are suitable for concealed carry. But a handgun isn’t the only way to protect yourself, your family, or your home. In fact, when it comes defending your home, there are ample arguments made for the shotgun as the premier choice, while others prefer a trusty rifle.

Fortunately, no matter what firearm you use to keep your family safe, Winchester makes a load for you. The company’s PDX1 Defender line of self-defense ammunition (starting in 2014 it will be known solely as the Defender line of ammo) boasts a complete line-up of loads designed expressly for defensive uses. If you own or carry a handgun, shotgun or rifle—or all three—Winchester has you covered.


There is no more convenient defensive tool than a concealed carry handgun. Carried concealed in public or stored in the home for quick access in an emergency, virtually anyone can become competent in their use, and can effectively defend themselves. But your gun is only as good as your ammunition, and you want a load that is reliable and that will immediately stop a threat. The Defender bullet does just this, engineered with a bullet jacket that is thicker at the front than at the base for consistent expansion. A bonded lead core helps maintain as much weight retention as possible for optimal penetration. Regardless of whether you prefer a semi-auto or a revolver, Winchester’s PDX1 Defender line comes in a host of the most popular defensive pistol calibers including .357 Mag., .357 SIG, .380 Auto, .38 Special +P, .40 S&W, .45 Colt, .45 ACP, 9mm Luger +P, 9mm Luger. There are even .410 loads for revolvers such as the Taurus Judge that come loaded with three defense discs mixed with BBs to give you the best of a slug and shot.


There is no more versatile firearm available than a reliable shotgun. It’s also probably the most popular type of firearm used for home defense. The PDX1 Defender line boasts two 12-gauge loads (and the aforementioned .410 load) designed for home defense. The first is a slug and buck combo shell that is packed with a 1-ounce slug along with three plated 00 buck pellets, which delivers powerful knockdown while allowing for some minor deviations in aim. The other load has a 1-ounce segmenting slug that breaks into three separate projectiles upon impact generating three wicked independent wound channels while also reducing concerns of pass-through.


For the well trained, there is without a doubt no more effective firearm to defend yourself with than a rifle. It offers more reach and better accuracy than any other firearm design. With the versatility and popularity of AR-style rifles today, these guns are finding increasing favor among people who want the ultimate in a self-defense or survival gun. For this crowd, the Defender line offers several options in .223, .308 Win. and 7.62x39mm. They are each loaded with a split core bullet that utilizes two cores to maximize expansion, the first opening upon impact and the second maintaining enough momentum to ensure optimal penetration. For rimfire enthusiasts who want a little less gun without giving up lethality, the line also offers a .22 Win. Mag. load that works equally well in handguns or rifles chambered for the load.

No matter what you choose to protect yourself and your family, Winchester is here to keep you safe.