Federal Ammunition is announcing their newest cartridge for self-defense, the 30 Super Carry. Along with it, they’ve shared a couple of early adopters: Nighthawk Custom and Smith & Wesson, and four new handguns that will chamber the new round.
The 30 Super Carry is a .32-caliber cartridge loaded to nearly the same power as standard-pressure 9mm Luger, but with a smaller diameter case that lets shooters carry more rounds in their magazines. On paper, the numbers are similar to 7.65 Luger, but with a semi-rimmed, straight-walled case for modern pistols.
It fires a 100-grain bullet at 1,250 feet per second generating just under 350 foot-pounds of force. According to Federal, defensive ammunition can achieve nearly 16 inches of penetration in ballistics gelatin, with projectiles expanding to .53 inches.
While it will vary depending on the pistol and magazine, Federal says a 9mm handgun with a 10-round magazine will hold two more rounds of 30 Super Carry, or about 20 percent more ammo per mag. So far, Federal has named two Nighthawk handguns and two Smith & Wesson handguns chambering the new cartridge.
“A great cartridge demands a firearm that’s just as good,” said Federal. “That’s why we worked hand-in-hand with Nighthawk Custom and Smith & Wesson while engineering 30 Super Carry to help these trusted manufacturers develop handguns that will extract all the cartridge offers. Initially available models include the Nighthawk Custom President and GRP and the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus and Shield EZ.”
The two Nighthawk Custom pistols are premium full-size 1911s while the M&P Shield Plus and Shield EZ are affordable, trusted polymer pistols for concealed carry. With so many new micro-compact pistols hitting the market touting their relatively high capacity, it seems likely that more manufacturers will follow and add 30 Super Carry models for 2022.
Designed specifically for personal protection, 30 Super Carry isn’t meant to draw on military cartridges, which may make it especially popular in other markets as well. Many countries restrict firearms based on whether or not they fire standard military and police cartridges.
But performance on paper and improved capacities won’t overcome every hurdle this new cartridge faces. Many companies have tried to make their own new cartridges and failed to see widespread adoption.
Still, Federal Ammunition, with the backing of Nighthawk Custom and the giant Smith & Wesson, combined with a market hungry for higher and higher-capacity concealed carry guns, Federal might have a winner with the new 30 Super Carry.
Extra capacity, lower recoil, faster follow-up shots … for more information about this gutsy little cartridge, head over to Federal online today.