Federal Premium Expands Personal Defense HST Micro Lineup with 38 Special +P Load

Federal Premium HST Micro Lineup with 38 Special +P Load
Federal Premium HST Micro Lineup with 38 Special +P Load


ANOKA, Minn. -(Ammoland.com)- Federal Premium Ammunition’s Personal Defense HST Micro loads fuel peak performance from subcompact, concealed-carry handguns.

For 2017, the HST Micro line has been expanded to include a 130-grain 38 Special +P load with a deeply seated bullet that eliminates excess air space in the case. This results in the most consistent velocities and terminal performance. Shipments of the new loads are now arriving at dealers.

Like all HST Micro rounds, the new load provides reliable expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance with a bullet weight and propellant optimized for the most efficiency and accuracy in subcompact handguns.

“By combining the HST bullet design with the unique seating depth, we’ve created the most consistent 38 Special personal defense load on the market,” says Federal Premium Handgun Product Lane Director Jason Nash. “We’re proud to give those who carry a 38 Special the most effective possible option for the platform.”

Features & Benefits:

  • New 38 Special +P load for micro-size concealed carry revolvers
  • Deep bullet seating eliminates inconsistent powder burn rates
  • Law enforcement proven HST bullet design
  • Expanded diameter and weight retention produce the desired penetration for personal defense situations, without over-penetrating
  • Clean-burning, low-flash propellants

Part No. / Description / MSRP:

  • P38HST1S / 38 Special +P HST Micro, 130 grain / $30.95

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to their website.


About Vista Outdoor:

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

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When is this ammo going to be available. I have looked in every major store that sells ammo and nobody has it. I live in Michigan.


“Federal Premium HST Micro Lineup with 38 Special +P Load”
Don’t bother looking on their website because I was unable to find anymore info than what’s in this article.

Roy D.

I have news for Federal. If they were to use a powder like Titegroup along with a magnum primer they could achieve the same results without the problem of bullet size reduction due to deep seating. But hey, everyone, well a lot of people, will fall for a new gimmick. That’s what sales and advertising is all about. This will be like Remington’s “belted” bullets.


I have a Ruger gp-100 .357, that I’m going to give my wife for home defense. What round would you suggest? My wife is a dainty women with small hands. I’m thinking she would be able to handle the recoil from a .38, but .357 might be too much. Is this round a candidate?


The Ruger you mentioned is a good, thought slightly heavier than average, handgun for someone with a “dainty” build and small hands. If she can handle the weight of the gun itself, most 38+P ammo should not present a problem. I wouldn’t give her 357 ammo, though, unless she asked for it after shooting 38+P ammo for a while, and then, only for outdoors. (The shock of the muzzle blast from firing a 357 indoors could stun her, leaving her vulnerable for a while after she fires a shot.)


my wife is equally petite, so I got her the SP-101 and she shoots .38+P from it. The .357 mag is too powerful for her, by .38 and .38+P works well.