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TESTED: Federal Premium Personal Defense Punch Ammo



Four guns, four calibers … does Federal Premium’s Personal Defense Punch ammo make the grade?

When Federal Premium first debuted their Punch ammunition, initial reviews raved about this ammunition’s performance at the point of impact. “The Punch line of ammunition was built with economy in mind,” states Frank Melloni in our sister publication, Popular EDC.  “In essence, it is affordable man-stopping fodder for your favorite carry pistol.” Those reviews tell us a lot, but when it comes to terminal ballistics, the proof is in the pudding. Er, well, the ballistic gel. In this fantastic video from Personal Defense World (be sure to like and subscribe!), Melloni walks you through the pros (many) and the cons (few) of Federal Premium Punch ammunition in four calibers, run through four guns.

Does Federal’s Punch ammo live up to the hype? How does it perform not just in gel, but after having “punched” its way through denim and leather? Did you know that 98% of all bad guys wear denim and leather as a uniform? (If the answer is no, that’s because Melloni made that statistic up. But we’re going with it.) But there’s one more question to answer:

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  1. Phil

    September 20, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    I love how the tacti-cool guy in the video says we don’t need barrier penetration in self defense rounds. It just goes to show you he’s probably never been in one or knows what one looks like.

  2. Paul

    September 20, 2021 at 11:29 am

    That was worthless! How far did it penetrate? Exactly how much did it expand? What about the 9mm, .40 & .45? Different calibers and different weight bullets from the same manufacturer penetrate and expand differently.

  3. Rick

    September 20, 2021 at 8:38 am


    I am a WildLife control operator I have used the Federal Punch ammo to Dispatch several Coyotes and Feral Hogs caught in traps with my Taurus TX-22 Semi-Auto & Taurus 9 shot 5″ Revolver, for the most part, it worked well, But I prefer the .22lr CCI Velocitor 40 grain Copper Plated Hollow Point at 1435 fps it performs the best out to 50 -75 Yards with a rifle and at 30 -40 Yards with a Hand Gun . It’s not about caliber It’s all about Velocity, Bullet weight, Distance to the target, And Shot Placement. I have killed several 300 & 400 Pound Feral Hogs with a Ruger 10/22 Rifle at 50 -75 yards at night over bait from High atop my 25′ Ladder Stand with my Night Vision Equipped Ruger 10/22 Rifle I just find the 40 Grain at 1435 FPS to perform the best I think CCI should come out with a flat point at 1435 FPS.but the results were all the same Dead Hog, Dead Coyote the Velocitor Just did more damage as far a Head wound .

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