CD 40 SW Edited


40 S&W


SKU: LA-CD-40-012

1643 in stock

1643 in stock


The Civil Defense 40 S&W travels at 2000 feet per second and is the most effective .40 cal available. It has more kinetic energy than most 45 ACP defense rounds but weighs less than almost any 9mm. It is also lead-free and California-compliant.
Weight: 60gr
Velocity: 2000 FPS
Kinetic Energy: 533 FPE
Accuracy: < 1” @ 25 Meters
Rounds: 20 per box
Terminal Effect: 3 ½ “W x 12” D

Compared To Other Top Self-Defense Rounds

Our projectiles function differently than any other self-defense round on the market. We designed the Civil Defense line to eliminate threats with one round. We did this by creating the maximum amount of damage and tissue disruption possible. They do well against barriers, but when the large cavity fills with fluid, the hydraulic pressure builds until the side walls of the projectile explode. With that explosion comes rifle-sized temporary cavities and hydrostatic shock, therefore increasing stopping power by tenfold. Following the explosion, the bullet fragments into a starburst-shaped pattern creating multiple wound channels. This process also benefits in many other areas across the spectrum of things considered when talking about self-defense. Such as reduced over-penetration and lessening the risk of unintended casualties. Having a lighter projectile also leads to less muzzle flips for faster follow-up shots. All of our rounds are also lead-free and California-compliant.


Got Scamed !!

June 4, 2024

I bought a box at the tgs about 6months. Opened it up last night. And found Hornaday rounds. I’ll try again, as I got some nice Liberty 9+ to try out also.

Kim H

Response from Liberty Ammunition

Kim….those were Hornady casings….but the bullets, powder and design are pure Liberty Ammunition.

Incredible Ammunition

May 17, 2024

I use this as my personal defense ammo in my full size .40 pistol. I’ve bought maybe 500 rounds over the years. The speed of the round is incredible and the incredible sound it creates is jarring to any would-be threats. Expect lots of attention at the range. This round is extremely lethal. It is essentially an exploding bullet that is less likely to penetrate a human target.

Sean Waggoner


March 5, 2024


Jake green

9mm civil defense

November 29, 2023

What introduced me to civil defense was the gun sales clerk. I asked whats the best hollow point bullets to carry. He told me what you all are talking about over a year later.Have cheaper Hornaty.Those I think are 1150fps so the Civil is in the chamber instead.Hope to never ever have 2 use gun sept for Target practice days.Great job Liberty stay safe you all 🙂


Game changer

November 14, 2023

Recoil usually doesn’t bother me much, but 160 grain bullets out of my Kahr PM40 were just uncomfortable. This ammo makes the little gun fun to shoot. I won’t go back. Accurate with excellent performance.

Deen Poe

Great for home defense, or when your in a crowded area. No over penetration.

July 10, 2024

Dumps a ton of energy super fast and stays in the body. Head just explodes.


Interested Illinois resident

July 10, 2024

I was interested in testing this incredible 45acp round in my 1911. I do live in Illinois and was trying to figure out what documentation would I need to get this amazing round in my home? If I can’t have this incredible round in my state I regreatfully understand. Just another testimony of what happens when we the people allow a tyrannical government to infringe upon our 2A rights.

JerJuan B.

Response from Liberty Ammunition

Illinois is a tough!

In Illinois, you need to supply a CCW card, FOID, Drivers license to ship to Illinois.

Hopefully you’ll have a political change and come back to America.

Great ammunition

July 10, 2024

Used this for training. Used it on targets that were designed to initiate freaks in Zimbabwe as well as Somolia. Excellent ammunition it annihilated the target’s.

Jeff Kingman
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Ammo: 40 S&W

  • Our Projectiles Function Differently

    Our Projectiles Function Differently Than Any Other Self-Defense Round On The Market. We Designed The Civil Defense Line To Eliminate Threats With One Round. We Did This By Creating The Maximum Amount Of Damage And Tissue Disruption Possible. They Do Well Against Barriers, But When The Large Cavity Fills With Fluid, The Hydraulic Pressure Builds Until The Side Walls Of The Projectile Explode. With That Explosion Comes Rifle Sized Temporary Cavities And Hydrostatic Shock, Therefore Increasing Stopping Power By Tenfold. Following The Explosion, The Bullet Fragments Into A Starburst Shaped Pattern Creating Multiple Wound Channels.

    Our Projectiles Function Differently





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Our 380 Civil Defense Rounds Changed The Pocket Pistol Game. For A Long Time, Everyone Criticized The 380 ACP For Not Having Enough Kinetic Energy. That’s Not The Case Anymore. Our 380 Is One Of Our Most Sought After Rounds Because It Packs Enough Punch, It Gets The Job Done.