Going RED: Federal Syntech PCC for Competition Shooters

    With the increase of Pistol Caliber Carbine Competitions comes an increased need for the appropriate ammunition.

    Where there is a need there is a market, and Federal are now releasing the Syntech PCC to fill that gap.

    I have done some tests in my own Pistol Caliber Carbine, not with Federal’s new Syntech described below (it wasn’t available) but with other brands and bullet weights.

    People say there’s no recoil in 9 mm PCC carbines, but there is. Enough to push you far out from desired A Zone on the follow-up shot. There is quite a difference between ammunition, so take care in choosing.


    From the Press Release:

    Federal Introduces Syntech PCC for the Heavy Demands of Pistol Caliber Carbine Competition Shooters

    ANOKA, Minnesota – August 21, 2019 – Federal is excited to announce its new Syntech PCC 9mm Luger load, designed to meet the exhaustive demands of fast-paced Pistol Caliber Carbine competitions, with flawless function in carbine platforms. Shipments of Syntech PCC ammunition have been delivered to dealers.

    The load’s velocity and accuracy are optimized for long gun-barrel lengths, with a bullet profile that provides excellent accuracy and reliable feeding in a variety of carbine platforms. Syntech PCC joins the Syntech Action Pistol offering as official ammunition of United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA).

    Like all Syntech loads, Syntech PCC features the one-of-a-kind TSJ projectile, which uses a polymer jacket to eliminate metal fouling and drastically reduce damaging barrel heat and friction. The bullet style also minimizes splash-back on steel targets.

    Its exclusive Catalyst primer provides hot, reliable ignition without the use of lead.

    “Syntech PCC is offered in 9mm Luger 130-grain is all about having a better shooting experience when shooting a pistol cartridge, historically speaking, through a rilfe platform,” said Federal Centerfire Product Director Mike Holm. “With Syntech, you naturally have it—more features of what all shooters want, and less of what you don’t.”


    • 9mm Luger load specifically designed for use in carbines
    • Velocities optimized for longer barrels
    • Bullet profile designed for reliable feeding in carbine platforms
    • Catalyst high-performance lead-free primer
    • Total Synthetic Jacket prevents metal fouling
    • Drastically reduces barrel heat and friction
    • Minimizes splash-back on hard targets

    Part No. / Description / MSRP

    AE9SJPC1 / 9mm Luger 130-grain Syntech PCC, 50-count, 1130 fps / $19.95

    What do you think? Is it something you would consider using for PCC?

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    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.