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.
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.
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."
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.
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 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.