Federal launched several new self-defense loads in multiple calibers and platforms.

Federal, the world’s largest ammunition manufacturer, just announced an impressive 133 individual new products across more than 34 product lines. As part of this massive launch, Federal released several new self-defense loads as well.

“This year, Federal has set a company record for the number of new loads and components introduced, and we are certainly quite proud of this accomplishment,” said Federal President Jason Vanderbrink. “Our manufacturing expertise, built over 98-years, means hunters and shooters of all stripes can get the new product that best meets their needs and interests.”

Federal Self-Defense Loads


This bullet’s skived jacket and soft lead core produce the best expansion and penetration for the price. Nickel-plated brass and sealed primers deliver reliable feeding and ignition. Available in 5 popular handgun options.

Force X2

Nine copper-plated 00 FX2 buckshot pellets split into two equal-size pieces on impact. Double the wound channels, improved energy transfer to the target, and less potential for over-penetration.

Hydra-Shok Deep 380 Auto

This line has been extended with the first expanding 380 Auto load to penetrate at least 12 inches in bare gel and through heavy clothing.

Solid Core

This deep-penetrating, hard bullet holds together while blowing through bone, and its Syntech jacket reduces friction and leading. Intended for hunting and protection against dangerous animals. Available in six offerings ranging from 9mm Luger to .44 Rem. Magnum.

Practice & Defend Packs

Convenient packs include 50 HST Personal Defense loads and 50 ballistically identical Syntech Training Match rounds for the most realistic practice. Available in four product options.

“Being the largest ammunition manufacturer isn’t just boasting. It matters, because it allows Federal to deliver the widest range of new products to our customers every year,” said Vanderbrink. “Being the size we are means we can produce the quantity needed to fulfill military and law enforcement contracts, while also offering an unmatched variety to everyone—rimfire, shotshell, handgun and rifle ammo, as well as primers, cases and component bullets for reloaders.”

For more information, visit federalpremium.com.

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