American Sagittarius | Preview: Federal Premium Hydra-Shok Deep .380 ACP

Just because you’re sensitive to recoil or need a smaller concealed weapon to carry, you shouldn’t compromise on ballistics. That’s Federal Premium’s take on its incredibly effective Hydra-Shok charge, and now the company is providing that particular defensive load in the popular .380 ACP chamber.

.380 ACP has been considered the below average round for personal protection for years and is often categorized as the minimum level of defense capability an undercover wearer should consider when choosing a self-defense chamber. This claim was backed up by tests that showed that many .380 ACP loads are unable to meet the FBI protocol standards for ballistic penetration. Thanks to the Federal Premium Hydra-Shok charge in .380 ACP, this shortcoming is a thing of the past.

Each Federal Premium Hydra-Shok .380 ACP load is topped with 99 grams of the company. Hydra-Shok ball with deep center post and compact core design. The advanced projectile design combined with a muzzle velocity of 1,000 fps from short-barreled self-defense weapons means that this charge not only expands aggressively, but also deeply. Federal claims that this charge is designed to consistently penetrate past the FBI recommended minimum penetration depth of 12 inches through bare ballistic gelatin and heavy clothing.

The secret to the performance of these Federal Premium Hydra-Shok charges in .380 ACP is the projectile’s center post design, which has been redesigned for 2021 to allow for more consistent expansion, especially through the barriers encountered by armed citizens today could be a defensive scenario. In addition, the cartridges are loaded with a specially developed propellant that provides consistent, reliable performance over a range of barrel lengths. Each cartridge is also coated with a high quality primer that is sealed inside the case to protect against moisture and other elements.

Federal Premium’s Hydra-Shok .380 ACP load is sold in cartons of 20 for a suggested retail price of $ 25.99. Additionally, the company now offers a Hydra-Shok load in .38 Spl. + P loaded with a 130 gr. Bullet. These rounds also come in boxes of 20 and retail for $ 31.99. More information is available at

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