Whether during a training course or just in casual conversations with others, most shooters have probably heard some version of the phrase: “Train like you’d fight.” Shooters who plan on carrying every day or defending themselves from threats at home should train for the situations they might encounter in the real world, and they should do so with the actual equipment they plan on using in those situations. A full-size 1911 is a great gun to shoot, but if you carry a compact, polymer framed pistol or a pocket .380, then you need to train and become proficient with that firearm.
The same principle applies to ammunition. If all you’ve ever shot through your firearm are target loads, the shock of firing a hotter defensive load during a stressful event might be enough to affect shot placement on the target or cause you to miss entirely.
Unfortunately, the cost of most defensive ammunition prevents many shooters from incorporating it into their training regimens. One solution that ammo manufacturers have come up with is offering FMJ training loads that are ballistically matched to a corresponding defensive load.
Federal Premium has recently introduced a new option for shooters looking for both quality defensive ammunition and matched training loads for realistic practice. The new HST Practice & Defend Combo Packs offer shooters one of the best defensive loads on the market in the company’s HST and pairs it with similarly weighted American Eagle training rounds.
These new combo packs are available in .380 Auto, 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 Auto. In the 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 Auto packs the weights of the defensive and training bullets are identical at 124, 180 and 230 grains, respectively. For the .380 Auto, the HST bullet weighs 99 grains, and the FMJ training bullet weighs 95 grains.
The new Federal Premium HST Practice & Defend Combo Packs come with 100 rounds of American Eagle target ammunition and 20 rounds of HST defensive ammo. Pricing on these combo packs is listed at $80.95 for the .380 Auto, $67.95 for the 9mm Luger, $84.95 for the .40 S&W and $96.45 for the .45 Auto.
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