Federal Tactical HST ammunition is some pretty amazing stuff. Federal HST is hollow point ammunition designed to provide consistent expansion and optimum penetration for terminal performance.
Federal HST has a specially designed hollow point tip that won’t plug while passing through a variety of barriers. The bullet is also designed to hold its jacket together in the toughest conditions. HST is engineered to provide 100% weight retention through most barriers with impressive expansion.
Federal as a company will only sell this ammunition to law enforcement or the military, which is more than a little annoying. However, it’s not a law, just a company rule. As such, it’s generally available to the public from various vendors, albeit a little hard to find.
A good place to buy Federal HST is Lucky Gunner, who almost always has it in stock.
|Load No.||Caliber||Grains/ Grams||Bullet Style|
|P9HST1||9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum)||124 / 8.04||HST|
|P9HST2||9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum)||147 / 9.53||HST|
|P9HST3||9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum) +P||124 / 8.04||HST|
|P9HST4||9mm Luger (9x19mm Parabellum) +P||147 / 9.53||HST|
|P357SHST1||357 Sig||125 / 8.1||HST|
|P40HST1||40 S&W||180 / 11.66||HST|
|P40HST2||40 S&W||155 / 10.04||HST|
|P40HST3||40 S&W||165 / 10.69||HST|
|P45GHST1G||45 G.A.P.||230 / 14.9||HST|
|P45HST2||45 Auto||230 / 14.9||HST|
|P45HST1||45 Auto +P||230 / 14.9||HST|
This video by TNOutdoors9 is a good overview of Federal HST. He shows some simple penetration and expansion tests of the ammunition after passing through 4 layers of denim. After watching this video, you will understand why this is one of my personal carry loads (9mm 147 grain standard pressure).