The new Federal Punch 22 LR pushes a 29-grain bullet at maximum velocities from short-barreled pistols.

Federal Premium just announced the newest offering for its popular Punch line of ammunition. Federal Punch 22 LR brings a rimfire option for personal defense. The load uses new technology to deliver deep penetration for dependable performance.

Federal Punch 22 LR

Punch 22 LR uses a first-of-its-kind 290grain nickel-plated lead-core bullet. It pushes out a maximum velocities for deep penetration from short-barrel handguns.

“Self-defense isn’t one size fits all. So, whether shooters want to carry a 22 LR handgun as a backup gun, do not feel comfortable with centerfire pistols, or simply want to get more versatility from a rimfire handgun,” said Federal’s Rimfire Product Manager, Dan Compton, “Punch makes the 22 LR cartridge a viable defensive choice for the first time ever.”

The Punch 22 LR bullet comprises a departure from standard .22 LR designs. It features a flat nose and utilizes a heavy nickel-plated jacket around a lead core. So not only does it travel faster than competing .22 projectiles, it also deliberately minimizes expansion and retains weight to maintain sufficient straight-line penetration. The design constitutes a big lead for a .22 bullet. But according to Federal, the company’s engineer team pulled it off, launching a new protection load in America’s favorite little .22.

“We’ve talked about making a 22 LR defensive load for some time. We finally decided that people are already carrying 22 LRs, so we might as well build a .22 bullet optimized for protection,” said Compton. “After much research, we decided that for a .22 LR defense bullet, penetration was more important than expansion.”

Punch 22 LR retails for $9.99, per 50-count box. For even more info, please visit

Federal Punch 22 LR Features

  • Maximum velocity for energy and penetration; 1,070 fps through 2-inch barrel handguns, 1,650 fps out of 24-inch rifle barrels
  • 29-grain nickel-plated lead-core bullet
  • Projectile profile and composition optimized for the deepest penetration through short-barrel handguns
  • Rigorous function testing ensures reliability
  • Nickel-plated case for ease of extraction and corrosion resistance
  • 50-count boxes
  • MSRP: $9.99, per 50-count

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