Personal Defense HST

Personal Defense HST

Part #: P40HST1S

Effective self-defense requires ammunition that provides consistent expansion, optimum penetration and superior terminal performance.  And HST® delivers. That’s why it’s already the duty load of choice for law enforcement officers throughout the world. Its specially designed hollow point won't plug while passing through a variety of barriers, and the bullet jacket and core hold together to provide nearly 100 percent weight retention through even the toughest materials.

  • Caliber: 40 S&W
  • Bullet Weight (grains): 180
  • Bullet Style: HST
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1010
  • Ballistic Coefficient: .170
  • Package Quantity: 20
  • Use: Personal Defense
  • MSRP: $31.99
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When law enforcement agencies choose a duty round, they use the FBI’s demanding protocol testing to see how different loads compare. In our internal testing, HST 45 Auto (P45HST2S), 40 S&W (P40HST1S) and 9mm Luger (P9HST1S) all scored exceptionally high in every protocol scenario.    

Personal Defense HST
Personal Defense HST



Velocity in feet per second
Muzzle 25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
1010 980 954 930 908
Energy in Foot Pounds
Muzzle 25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
408 384 364 346 329
Average Range
25 Y 50 Y 75 Y 100 Y
-1.4 -5.1 -11.4
Height of bullet trajectory in inches above or below line of sight if zeroed at 100 yards. Sights 1.5 inches above bore line.


Premium Technology


  1. Nickel-plated brass case
  2. Patented co-aligned internal and external skiving
  3. Deep tapered hollow point
  4. Reliable Federal® primer
  5. Cannelure locks jacket to core
  6. Tapered jacket profile
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing Better Than HST I have been using this ammo in my M&P 1.0 .40 for a few years now. When I do my ballistics gel tests it never fails to do as your company states it will. I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of this bullet.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HST IS THE BEST!!! I've shot the HST into many water jugs myself, & it mushrooms exactly as shown! I 'know' this is the best available to the public, after months of research! Thank you, Federal!
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THANK YOU FEDERAL!!!! I'm so thankful that they made these easier to get than before. I am a huge fan of this bullet. I trust it with my life. I urge anyone to do the same.
Date published: 2013-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Barrier Penetration Thank You FEDERAL for offereing us PUBLIC the HST Bullet! The Honest Citizen should be able to defend his family with the same quality ammo as our law enforcement. HST bullet wont plug as easy as the older design bullets. HST also has excellent expansion compared to older handgun bullets . Now can we have a 38spl 147gr+P HST!!! All 6 of my fixed sight S&W Jframes have a POA/POI using 158gr Also the 148gr Target WC is pretty close. This is why I want a 147 to 158 gr HST loaded in 38spl+P and design to expand well with a 1 7/8 barrel.
Date published: 2013-03-18
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