Self Defense 5.56/.223 For EDC Carbines: Sage Dynamics looks at Hornady Black 75gr SBR HD

While there are a wide variety of self defense handgun rounds for your common 9mm’s, .40 S&W’s, and .45 ACP’s, the market of defensive designed 5.56 rounds is a much smaller field.

Conventional 5.56/.223 commercial options like the M193 (55gr lead core), M855 62gr mild steel core, and 62gr lead core all perform to certain standards based on their designs. These designs are for longer distances.

These rounds are designed for 16-20″ barrels of the conventional 5.56 rifles and carbines.

With the increased popularity and use of AR “pistols” as defensive  carbines with shorter barrels a round that performs well at defensive distances out of those shorter barrels is highly desirable.

Sage Dynamics took out Hornady’s 75gr SBR HD, a round advertised as being exceptional in shorter barrels for self defense.

It’s a longer video but there is a tremendous amount of information about the 75gr round and ammunition performance in general. Since I personally just picked these up for use in my home defense rifle I’m glad to see Sage Dynamics putting in effort to give people solid information.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.