Federal Hydra-Shok Deep in .380

Those of us who like little back-up guns even for our primary weapon, sometimes have trouble finding a defensive round in .380 Auto that is anything more than barely adequate. I love my little Glock 42. I got it the year it came out, and even shot IDPA BUG Nationals with it one year. But as proficient with it as I am, there’s still the issue of having a good defensive round for these very concealable and shootable little guns.

There are a ton of people -both male and female -who love the .380 Shield EZ. And this year Walther has a new .380 carry gun called the CCP M2, which is a nice little gun in it’s own right.

Point being that .380 is a more and more popular carry caliber for either a back-up gun, or a primary for those who are recoil sensitive, or even just because it’s your summer-wear caliber. If you’ve been in that boat with me – never fear. Federal Ammunition has filled the gap with a new addition to the Hydra-Shok Deep lineup. 

The SHOT wall display at Federal.

This addition is the FIRST expanding .380 round to meet the FBI recommendations for penetration through bare gel and heavy clothing (12 inches minimum). It is a 99 grain load according to the press release, and is a new achievement in this caliber. It’s so new in fact that their web page hasn’t even been updated yet. 

The Hydra Shok Deep line.

This .380 Auto defensive round is due to ship from Federal in Spring 2020, and as soon as they ship me some, I’ll be happy to put it through its paces, so stay tuned!

Dr LateBloomer
Dr LateBloomer is a female general pediatrician who bought her first firearm at the age of 46. She now enjoys many different shooting disciplines including self-defense, IDPA, Steel/Rimfire Challenge, Sporting clays, and even tried 3-Gun for several years. She has gotten started in hunting and has expanded into crossbow. She is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and works to enlighten her medical colleagues whenever possible.