Personal Defense HST

Personal Defense HST

Part #: P9HST1S

Effective self-defense requires ammunition that provides consistent expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance.  And HST® delivers. That’s why it’s already the duty load of choice for law enforcement officers throughout the world. Its specially designed hollow point won't plug while passing through a variety of barriers, and the bullet jacket and core hold together to provide nearly 100 percent weight retention through even the toughest materials.

  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Bullet Weight (grains): 124
  • Bullet Style: HST
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1150
  • Ballistic Coefficient: .150
  • Package Quantity: 20
  • Use: Personal Defense
  • MSRP: $27.95
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When law enforcement agencies choose a duty round, they use the FBI’s demanding protocol testing to see how different loads compare. In our internal testing, HST 45 Auto (P45HST2S), 40 S&W (P40HST1S) and 9mm Luger (P9HST1S) all scored exceptionally high in every protocol scenario.    

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The exclusive HST® design and heavier bullets used in Micro loads redefine the capabilities of subcompact platforms, providing the dramatic expansion and deep penetration needed to stop any threat.

Personal Defense HST
Personal Defense HST
Personal Defense HST
Personal Defense HST



Velocity in feet per second
Muzzle 25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
1150 1095 1049 1010 977
Energy in Foot Pounds
Muzzle 25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
364 330 303 281 263
Average Range
25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
-0.9 -3.8 -8.8
Height of bullet trajectory in inches above or below line of sight if zeroed at 100 yards. Sights 1.5 inches above bore line.


Premium Technology


  1. Nickel-plated brass case
  2. Patented co-aligned internal and external skiving
  3. Deep tapered hollow point
  4. Reliable Federal® primer
  5. Cannelure locks jacket to core
  6. Tapered jacket profile
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HST 124 gr standard pressure runs well in my Kahr After getting a Kahr CM9 for my EDC I wanted ammo that would run reliably in this sometimes finicky subcompact pistol. Being limited in magazine capacity in NY I also wanted a potent cartridge that would make the most of every shot. The HST has been shown to expand consistently out these short-barrel pocket nines. It is also accurate if I do my part. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone for self defense.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Federal EDC -Only One Way. Federal is the standard for personal defence ammo. Trusted & reliable for decades. I recently purchased a good amount of the HST +P147gr JHP for my EDC ammo. Will be experiencing some in my VP9 next range time. Also got a great bulk deal on Federal Champion 115gr FMJ RN for the range. If I was super rich, I would have a 2car garage full of Federal stock! Being happily married keeps a man tame!
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite self-defense round Tests have shown this ammo expands and penetrates perfectly out of shorter barrels common in smaller concealed carry guns. It runs perfectly in my ruger sr9c and my m&p shield.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best They say you get what you pay for. Well this ammo may cost more than most, but when your life is on the line you want the best and this is it. This round is great out of a short barrel hand gun.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Less likely to plug I sent Federal many emails asking for the HST loads to be available to the public. After all we shoot BG to and want the bullet to expand and stop inside of the bad guy. So thank You Guys at Federal. HST expands very well through all types of barriers I chose the 9mm 124gr standard pressure load because it is very little recoil in my HKP30.Go to the ATK website to view the gel test .Bare gel test show it expand over 80caliber.
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as advertised I picked Federal HST for my EDC round because I wanted a time and field proven round, and Law Enforcement has been using HST since 2003. I've done my own ballistic tests using full 1 gal water jugs and the round expanded exactly as shown on the box, picture perfect. They feed perfectly through my M&Pc and M&P Shield carry guns as well.
Date published: 2014-01-07
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