Following up on the success of the recently introduced Federal Punch series is the new 22 WMR Punch Personal Defense cartridge. Featuring a 45-grain nickel-plated hollow point projectile and boasting 1,000-fps of velocity out of a 2-inch barrel, 22 WMR Punch offers those who want or need to carry a 22 Magnum pistol yet another defensive option that bridges the gap between 22LR and centerfire self-defense cartridges.
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Magnum Punch: Federal Introduces 22 WMR Punch Personal Defense
After the launch of the Punch 22 LR we saw the great response to that round and wanted to expand the options,” said Federal’s Rimfire Product Director, Rick Stoeckel, “The Punch 22 WMR continues to allow rimfire users to have effective performance but now in the magnum cartridge.
The success of the bullet designed for the Punch 22 LR easily transferred to the WMR,” continued Stoeckel. “The larger 45 grain bullet and extreme velocities in the Punch 22 WMR allows this to be a great round for popular 22 WMR revolvers.
Like the rest of the Federal Punch lineup, 22 WMR Punch is optimized for high velocities out of short barrels. Federal lists the test barrel length as two inches and they are claiming 1,000fps performance out of that specific barrel length. Unlike the penetration-optimized 22LR version of Federal Punch which is a scant 29-grains and features no hollow point, the 22 WMR Punch features a hollow point design which should translate to better terminal performance in targets creating larger permanent wound cavities and wider wound channels along the length of bullets’ travel.
Federal’s 22LR Punch was launched officially at NRAAM 2022 and it piqued my interest enough that I went on over to the Federal website to see if it was on sale yet. It is currently listed on their website as “Currently Unavailable” and is priced at $25.99 per box of 50 rounds. You can bet I’ll be picking up a couple of boxes in the coming months to put it to the test to see how well it performs in its duties as a personal defense cartridge. With guns like the Walther WMP hitting the market, I think we’ll be in for some good testing results. What are your thoughts on Federal’s introduction of 22 WMR Punch? Let us know down in the comments!
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