Hey Scramble, I sincerely wasn't trying to offend you or anyone else. I subscribe to the same forum standards that Whitebear does...I NEVER post anything to bash anyone or attack them in any way. It is completely unproductive and ruins the learning environment...so if I have offended you, I apologize.
I am also an FFL/SOT and that's not really related topic at hand, just because anyone sells something, doesn't mean they know the technical aspects of that product. Some do and some don't. In my case, I have spent many tens of thousands connecting with and learning from several of the best Tactical Instructors in the nation. I'm all about teaching. We need as many properly trained people as we can get in this country, it makes it safer with regards to keeping the vermin in check and it makes it far easier on those of us not causing accidents, if we don't have to explain away the hysteria that invariably follows a negligent discharge.
Regarding Hornady defensive ammo, I would place it in equal standing with the other reputable manufacturers.
Remington-Peters; Federal; Hornady; Winchester; Cor-Bon,all make good ammo on the upper price end of their offerings. This is where they are not pinching pennies and they all tend to use the best of what is available at this level.
Buy the good stuff to protect yourself, and burn the cheap stuff for training. I think Whitebear mentioned that malfunctions are good during practice and I totally agree. Now that is Malf, not a squib load. For anyone wanting clarification of these terms.
Squib load is basically a low powder charge or a primer only charge that leaves the bullet stuck in the barrel.
Malfunctions will happen with auto pistols and should be practiced so you can get the weapon back in the fight quickly. They come in 3 varieties:
Fail to Feed; Stovepipe; Double Feed. These are good to experience while training so you can make the corrections a habit.
The revolver is an excellent choice for a trouble free carry pistol.