Federal on Wednesday announced a new caliber that is more compact than 9mm NATO and more effective than .380 ACP – the .30 Super Carry.
Calling it, "the most revolutionary advancement in self-defense history," the Federal Premium .30 Super Carry at introduction runs a 100-grain .312 caliber bullet. When loaded in Federal's HST profile self-defense line – with the 100-grain JHP reaching a velocity of 1,250 fps to pull down an energy load of 347 ft/lbs – the company says it has a .530-inch expansion and 15.5 inches of penetration in ballistics gel.
The key takeaway from the specs is that the .30 SC is slimmer overall than the 9mm, allowing more cartridges to be loaded per magazine, typically two more in the same length stick. For instance, in a Smith & Wesson Shield EZ that would normally have a 9mm capacity of 8+1, when available in .30 SC that capacity would grow to 10+1 rounds.
Besides the HST load, Federal is showing images of a 100-grain American Eagle red box target load as well as a 115-grain Speer Gold Dot. Other loads from Remington – owned by Vista, the same company as Federal and Speer – are likely inbound as well.
Stay tuned for more information on this new caliber as well as the guns and loads associated with the .30 SC.