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Federal Launches a New Line of Dual-Purpose Train + Protect Versatile HP Ammunition

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 1, 2017 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce its launch of Train + Protect, a new line of handgun loads designed for both practice and personal protection. The competitively priced ammunition features Federal’s versatile hollow-point (VHP) bullet and is available in three popular handgun cartridges and weight options. Shipments of this new ammunition are being delivered to dealers.

The Federal Train + Protect VHP bullet design provides both precise, practical performance at the range, and instant, reliable expansion on impact. The result is the ideal combination for training as well as defending yourself and your loved ones. The new ammunition proudly honors the American birthright to bear arms with patriotic U.S.A. graphics on its packaging.

Features & Benefits
• VHP bullet based on proven Federal hollow point design
• Reloadable Federal brass case
• Extremely reliable primer
• Loaded to produce consistent performance on the range and in defense situations

Part No. / Description / MSRP
TP9VHP1 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 50-count / $30.95
TP40VHP1 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP45VHP1 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 50-count / $35.95
TP9VHP2 / 9mm Luger 115-grain VHP, 100-count / $56.95
TP40VHP2 / 40 S&W 180-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95
TP45VHP2 / 45 Auto 230-grain VHP, 100-count / $66.95

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


5 Responses to “Federal Launches a New Line of Dual-Purpose Train + Protect Versatile HP Ammunition”

  1. Vic says:

    I have to wonder what’s the point if HST costs 40 cents per round. But then again if it’s going to use the same or comparable bullets it’s going to be nice to have proper defensive ammo in 50 round boxes actually marketed at civilians instead of those 20 round ripoffs.
    Can’t wait until we see gel tests, especially through barriers.

  2. John says:

    Think I’ll be sticking with the Winchester Train & Defend.

    1. Winchester’s Training rounds are cheaper.

    2. Winchester’s rounds are designed for low recoil and low flash.

    3. Winchester uses 147gr for their 9mm round. They are subsonic so will work well suppressed.

    4. At least three independent ballistic gel tests on the Winchester 9mm Defend round show it to perform as well or better than any round on the market. Excellent penetration. Excellent expansion.

    • P.J. says:

      The Winchester Defend 9mm is the 147gr PDX1/Ranger Bonded repackaged. There’s some confusion because it lists 50 fps less due to measuring from a 4in rather than 5in barrel. IIRC the entire Defend line is just the best performing PDX1/Ranger Bonded round for each caliber.

      I’d be interested to see if this Federal ammo is another round repackaged. No idea why anyone would want 115gr 9mm hollow points.

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