Carry The New Leader

Introducing 30 Super Carry— the most revolutionary self-defense advancement in nearly 100 years. More than just an all-new cartridge, the compact design represents an entirely new class of ammunition engineered for absolute performance by every measure.

American Eagle and HST 30 Super Carry packaging

30 Super Carry being loaded into a magazine

Smaller cartridges maximize magazine capacity.

lady aiming pistol at an indoor range

More confidence with the best ballistic performance attainable.

man aiming a pistol

The Power Of More

More Power, No Tradeoffs

The .312-inch-diameter projectile used in 30 Super Carry allows more magazine capacity than 9mm Luger, yet delivers equal muzzle energy and performance. The dimensions allow chambering in handguns with reduced grip circumference and smaller overall size for easier concealment.

Chart showing the better penetration and expansion of the 30 super carry HST verus the 380 auto HST and the 9mm luger HST in heavy clothing

380 Auto HST 99 Grain - 9.95" Penetration, 5.88" Expansion; 30 Super Carry HST 100 Grain 15.5" Penetration, .530 Expansion; 9mm Luger HST 124 Grain 14.5" Penetration, .571" Expansion

chart showing the better energy and velocity of the 30 super carry HST verus the 380 auto HST and the 9mm Luger HST

380 Auto HST 99 Grain - 223 Ft-LBS, 1030 FPS; 30 Super Carry HST 100 Grain 347 FT-LBS, 1250 FPS; 9mm Luger HST 124 Grain 364 FT-LBS, 1150 FPS

cutaway of the HST 30 Super Carry

An Inside Look

Go behind the scenes with Federal President Jason Vanderbrink and the company’s team of engineers to see what inspired the new 30 Super Carry cartridge and guided its development.

More Rounds

The 30 Super Carry's slimmed-down dimensions result in a simple physical truth. A magazine the size of your standard 9mm Luger pistol's will carry additional rounds — two more in initially available handgun models. You get the proven power of a 9mm Luger with added capacity that can make all the difference in a real-world self-defense scenario.

chart showing the extra two 30 super rounds that can find inside a standard 9mm Luger magazine

Jim Gilliland aiming a pistol

Compact Goes Big

Federal’s new high-performance 30 Super Carry handgun cartridge delivers 9mm Luger terminal performance using a smaller case to provide big benefits for concealed carry.

See The Advantages

Man shooting targets at in indoor range

First Impressions Of 30 Super Carry

See what happened when we handed a Smith & Wesson Shield Plus chambered in new 30 Super Carry to Krystal Dunn for the first time ever. The competitive shooter and Federal ambassador rips through a couple magazines and shares her reactions.

Watch The Video

Krystal Dunn loading a magazine with American Eagle 30 Super Carry

Man aiming a pistol

More Effective Training

The best defensive cartridge will only perform to its full potential for the user through diligent training with ballistically comparable practice ammunition. American Eagle 30 Super Carry fills this role, providing an extremely similar feel and point of impact as its HST counterpart.

More Handguns

A great cartridge demands a firearm that's just as good. 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®.

Nighthawk Custom President and GRP and the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield™ Plus and Shield EZ®

Frequently Asked Questions

They are extremely similar. The 100-grain 30 Super Carry HST carries 347 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle and has a velocity of 1250 fps; the 124-grain 9mm Luger HST has 364 foot-pounds of energy and a muzzle velocity of 1150 fps.
Through FBI bare gel protocol, the .312-inch-diameter, 100-grain 30 Super Carry HST expands to .590 inch and penetrates 12 inches, while the 124-grain 9mm Luger HST expands to .650 inch and penetrates 13.1 inches. In the FBI’s heavy clothing protocol, the same 30 Super Carry HST expands to .530 inch and penetrates 15 ½ inches; the 9mm Luger expands to .570 inch and penetrates 14.5 inches.
While there might be some coincidental similarities, 30 Super Carry was fully developed from the ground up with no parent cartridge. Utilizing modern materials and designs, it provides vastly superior performance to seemingly similar historic cartridges.
Yes, you need a firearm chambered for 30 Super Carry. Currently, Smith & Wesson and Nighthawk Custom offer these platforms.
At the time of cartridge introduction, Smith & Wesson and Nighthawk Custom will offer multiple models. They are the first of many options expected in the coming years.
In all initially available handguns from Smith & Wesson and Nighthawk Custom, 30 Super Carry offers two additional rounds per magazine over comparable 9mm Luger models.
Recoil, flash and sound report provide a very similar shooting experience to 9mm Luger
Pricing will be about the same as 380 Auto loaded with the same bullet type.
The cartridge has proven to be an exceptionally accurate round, typically exceeding the accuracy of other popular carry cartridges.