In addition to working overtime to meet historic demands, Federal plans to introduce several new pistol and revolver cartridge options in 2021. 

In all, at least nine new loads in the Minnesota-based company's Hydra-Shok Deep, Punch, Swift A-Frame, and Syntech Range lines are set to be produced and distributed this year. 

Hydra-Shok Deep


Federal is adding .380 ACP and .38 Special+P loads to the Hydra-Shok Deep series for 2021 (Photo Federal)

Designed to bring new potential to popular smaller cartridges, Federal's Hydra-Shok Deep runs a center post and compact core that consistently penetrates beyond the FBI's recommended 12-inch minimum in ballistic gel. New offerings to this line will include a 99-grain .380 Auto and 130-grain .38 Special+P. The loads join .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and 9mm Luger in Federal's catalog when it comes to Hydra-Shok Deep.



Federal's Punch personal defense ammo is seeing new entries in 10mm Auto and .22LR. (Photo: Federal)

Billed as delivering a knockout blow, Federal's Punch line of defensive handgun ammo will expand into .22 LR and 10mm Auto territory in 2021. The Punch 22 load will use a deep-penetrating bullet that Federal says "makes the popular rimfire cartridge a viable self-defense option." Meanwhile, the 200-grain 10mm Auto load’s jacketed hollow point produces "the best expansion and penetration in the category."

Federal's Punch ammo uses a bullet with a skived jacket and soft lead core to produce ideal expansion and penetration for the most common situations, while its nickel-plated brass and sealed primer deliver reliable feeding and ignition. We have been testing it in .40 S&W and .45 ACP with good results. Stay tuned for a review on that. (Photo: Chris Eger/

Swift A-Frame


It is always tough to find good loads in .327, and Federal has one coming in 2021 from its Swift A-Frame series, along with a 10mm Auto load in the same line. (Photo: Federal)

Ideal for use with sportsmen hunting with handguns, Federal's Swift A-Frame jacketed hollow point bullet has a bonded front half – which expands consistently across a broad velocity range – while the back half remains intact for deep penetration. Added to the company's catalog is a 100-grain .327 Federal Magnum and a 200-grain 10mm Auto. Both have a retail of $53.99 for a box of 20 and are intended for medium-sized game. 

Syntech Range


Federal's affordable Syntech Range ammo will see new loads in 380 Auto, 38 Special, and 10mm Auto this year. (Photo: Federal)

Using a TSJ polymer jacket to eliminate metal fouling and reduce damaging barrel heat and friction, Federal’s Syntech Range ammunition is billed by the company as offering "a smoother, cleaner and safer experience when training and having fun at the range." New loads this year include loads in .380 ACP, .38 Special, and 10mm Auto.

Keeping those bullets coming


Federal says they are working around the clock to get ammo out to the public. (Photo: Federal)

Federal also has some other things on their agenda this year. 

“In addition to launching new 2021 products, we are also continuing to stay focused on marketing the new products launched a year ago, such as our Solid Core and American Eagle IRT Lead Free ammo,” said Federal's Handgun Product Line Manager Chris Laack.

“Solid Core is intended for hunting and protection against dangerous animals," said Laack. "The deep-penetrating, hard Solid Core bullet holds together while blowing through bone, and its Syntech jacket reduces friction and leading. American Eagle IRT utilizes lead-free bullets and the Catalyst lead-free primer to offer the same shelf life and ballistics of conventional range ammo. It’s an ideal solution for those shooting at an indoor range that requires lead-free ammunition.”

Meanwhile, to meet growing demands for ammunition, the company is producing more than it has ever done before and actively hiring and training new employees to expand capacity.

"We are making this ammunition every minute of every day," said Federal, CCI, Speer, and Remington Ammunition President Jason Vanderbrink in the below 5-minute video, released last month. 


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