When the FBI Firearms Training Unit’s Special Agent-in-Charge John Hall got involved with the FBI’s testing of more powerful ammunition after the infamous 1986 FBI Miami Shootout, he wanted to make sure the strength of a 10mm was considered. Offering up his own Colt Delta Elite 10mm for testing along with personally hand-loaded ammunition, Hall succeeded in making the FBI understand how to achieve terminal performance without such massive recoil. And when the FBI asked Smith and Wesson to create a 10mm round containing the appropriate powder, Smith and Wesson discovered there was significant air space left over. So they shortened the case, loaded the round with a 180 grain bullet, and made ammunition history with the creation of the .40 S&W.
.40 S&W provides speed and impact without the greater recoil of its parent cartridge, the 10mm. Yet even though it is a youngster in the world of ammunition at not quite a quarter of a century old, it has quite a following. Law enforcement officers all across the nation prefer it, Delta Force operators carry it on missions, and countless experienced shooters carry it for personal protection. If you’re a fan of the .40 S&W, you want to keep your gun fed at the range with ammunition produced to the same exacting standards as that first round was in 1990. Federal American Eagle target rounds are manufactured at their Anoka, Minnesota, plant with your needs in mind.
These FMJ rounds are great for target practice, tactical training, and plinking. They’re moderately heavy at 165 grain, but still quick with a muzzle velocity of 1,130 feet per second. And because they’re .40 S&W, they’ll put a sizeable hole in your target with a muzzle energy of 468 foot-pounds. There are 50 rounds in this box of ammunition, so you can spend some time enjoying the power of your .40 S&W at the range. In addition, you get extra value for your dollar because Federal uses fresh brass, boxer-primed cases, so they’re reloadable.