Short Barrel Breakthroughs

From hunting to target shooting to personal defense, Federal Premium has pioneered the industry's most important handgun ammunition technologies. We continue to innovate and it shows in every product in our handgun line.


American Eagle Syntech

Reloadable Federal brass case

Lead bullet core drastically reduces splashback on steel targets

Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ™) polymer coating eliminates lead and copper fouling

Catalyst™ high-performance lead-free primer

Specially formulated clean-burning propellant

Reduces friction for 14 percent cooler shooting and longer barrel life

Catalyst Primer Technology

All-new Catalyst lead-free primer technology provides the most reliable, consistent ignition possible in handgun range ammunition.

American Eagle Syntech

Basic Lead Styphnate

American Eagle Syntech



American Eagle Syntech

Nickel-plated brass case

Patented co-aligned internal and external skiving

Deep, tapered hollow point

Reliable Federal® primer

Cannelure locks jacket to core

Tapered jacket profile


American Eagle Syntech

Specially formulated propellant

Nickel-plated brass

With no hollow point to plug, the nose design ensures expansion

Reliable Federal® primer

Expanding blue polymer in the bullet nose collapses on impact

Exterior skiving pre-programs the upset


We've tested Guard Dog to prove it provides superior expansion through walls, which decreases the distance traveled and minimizes the risk to bystanders. PD40GRD shot at 15 feet expands on contact for maximum energy transfer yet does not penetrate ballistics gelatin when shot through three or four walls. Because they plug with barrier material, conventional JHPs pass through more barriers and still penetrate more than 12 inches after four walls.


American Eagle Syntech

Consistent propellant

Nickel-plated brass case

Center-post hollow-point design provides efficient energy transfer

Unique Federal® primer

Accuracy and superb overall ballistic performance

Notched copper jacket initiates and controls expansion


American Eagle Syntech

Specially formulated propellant

Nickel-plated case for easy extraction

Heavy jacket's faceted inner profile ensures consistent expansion

Reliable Federal® primer

Jacket bonded to lead core maximizes weight retention