New 22 LR Punch Personal Defense From Federal


ANOKA, Minnesota – April 14, 2021 – Different shooters have different needs, different limitations, and different firearms. Yet for all those variables, 22 Long Rifle has never really been an option for personal defense—until now. Federal Premium introduces Punch 22 LR, a new load using a first-of-its-kind 29-grain nickel-plated lead-core bullet, pushed at maximum velocities for the deepest penetration through short-barrel handguns. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.

“Self-defense isn’t one size fits all. So, whether shooters want to carry a 22 LR handgun as a backup gun, do not feel comfortable with centerfire pistols, or simply want to get more versatility from a rimfire handgun,” said Federal’s Rimfire Product Manager, Dan Compton, “Punch makes the 22 LR cartridge a viable defensive choice for the first time ever.”

The Punch 22 LR bullet is a departure from standard 22 LR design. It features a flat nose and utilizes a heavy nickel-plated jacket around a lead core. So not only does it travel faster than competing 22 projectiles, but its design also deliberately minimizes expansion and retains weight to maintain sufficient straight-line penetration. That is a lot to ask from a .22 bullet, which is why other manufacturers have shied away from the challenge. But Federal’s engineering team pulled it off, giving America’s favorite cartridge a chance to prove itself for protection.

“We’ve talked about making a 22 LR defensive load for some time. We finally decided that people are already carrying 22 LRs, so we might as well build a .22 bullet optimized for protection,” said Compton. “After much research, we decided that for a .22 LR defense bullet, penetration was more important than expansion.”

Features & Benefits

• Maximum velocity for energy and penetration; 1,070 fps through 2-inch barrel handguns, 1,650 fps out of 24-inch rifle barrels
• 29-grain nickel-plated lead-core bullet
• Projectile profile and composition optimized for the deepest penetration through short-barrel handguns
• Rigorous function testing ensures reliability
• Nickel-plated case for ease of extraction and corrosion resistance
• 50-count boxes

Part No. / Description / MSRP

PD22L1 / 22 LR Punch Personal Defense 29GR FN, 50CT / $9.99

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  1. Since shot placement and penetration are what do the job until you reach 1200 FPS with a 125 grain .357 bullet this is a nice development.
    A .22 won’t break bones and you bleed out slower with such a small wound, however it will certainly do the job in a smaller and easier to shoot package than a .32 or .380.
    I’ll pick up a box or two for small game hunting to see how they do.

  2. I want to find some of this ammo too. I normally carry a 9 or 45, but a 22lr that can penetrate deep enough to hit vitals might be nice when hiking while wearing running shorts. Some would say what’s a weak 22 lr (or 32 or 380 for that matter) going to do against a mountain lion or 2 legged predator? I say a 22 lr is a lot better than swinging fists at a mountain lion or a thug shooting at me. Rule #1 in a gun fight is to have a gun. I’ll adapt this rule to a mountain lion fight as well.

  3. Shawn you’re going senile. Your mixing up the capabilities of a common Green Beret with the capability of our friend OB, the Green Beret extraordinaire, who proved his fearlessness bare handed against the 4 legged predator with huge teeth. OB could have given Chuck Norris a run for his money


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