SAAMI Accepts 30 Super Carry As New Standardized Cartridge


NEWTOWN, Conn. – The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute,® Inc., (SAAMI®) has announced the acceptance of a new pistol cartridge for SAAMI standardization.

30 Super Carry – The 30 Super Carry was introduced by Federal Cartridge Company with a 100-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 1,250 fps, a 115-grain bullet traveling at a velocity of 1,150 fps, and a Maximum Average Pressure of 52,000 psi.

For further information on this new cartridge, please visit the New Cartridge & Chamber Drawings section of the SAAMI website.

SAAMI is the organization at the forefront of promoting firearm safety by creating standards that ensure safety, reliability, and interchangeability of firearms, ammunition, and components.

Gun Tests compared the performance of the 30 Super Carry versus the 380 ACP and the 9mm Luger in the July 2022 issue.


  1. Ah, yes. Another goofball proprietary cartridge that serves no purpose, that nobody needed, nobody wanted, and nobody asked for. Has anyone noticed that every time there’s a really, really bad ammo shortage since around 2009, all the ammo companies shut down production to tool up for these little gifts from the Good Idea Fairy? Remember .338 Federal, .25 Winchester Super Short Magnum, and .204 Ruger? You don’t? I sure do. I think I’d rather have the primers.

  2. I, too, feel that the .30 SC is unnecessary. And why in the world did they select that inappropriate and misleading name. It is closer to being an 8 mm than a .30, and perhaps 8mm Hi Vel would be more descriptive and marketable.
    Bob. Nacogdoches, TX

  3. Well, I, for one,am delighted with MY S&W Super Carry pistol. I was reluctant to bend to the Hoowah and Gosh-Golly from the start, but after reading several gun guys’ articles about its merits, yeah, I bought one. Shot it seven times at a gallon jug. Uh huh, At 7 yards, right to POA. Recoil like .380, and the one gallon jug filled with water,hit with a hollow point came apart explosively. Yes, this caliber IS a just right for recoil-sensitive shooters, especially females. I just wish they had reduced the size to a mid-size for more ease undercover!

  4. The round isn’t so much “bad” as it is “why”. Don’t get me wrong – I love .32 caliber pistol rounds, and carry a .327 Fed Mag as my EDC, but this round is just hitting me as a “what the F were they thinking” thing.

  5. I tested a European 7,92 caliber round for the Army Security Agency way back when. It was mated to 9 MM Glock pistols with a new BBL and magazine. IIRC, it was also loaded to the nines and when loaded with special, very expensive, brass/tungsten core projectiles, would shoot through the back door of a BTR wheeled APC. That door was about 1/2″ thick, and very good steel that easily defeated my M-80 7.62X51 NATO ball out of my M-21 at less than thirty Meters range.
    I told my boss, it was a trick. Just using very expensive projectiles to defeat said armor and any handgun caliber he wanted when equipped with said bullets would do the same trick, IE perforate personal body armor. (Or even armored vehicles?) Why put a .32 Caliber hole in the bad guys when my .45 could be made to do the same tricks, but still blow a .45 caliber hole in them. Other arguments, or more exactly discussions told how a .45 Super pistol could shoor .45 “Soft ball” the next day for ladies and wimps. That demonstration ended the discussion as both of those were REAL REQUIREMENTS!

  6. PS. .45 “Soft Ball” is a 185 grain semi wadcutter at 750-770 FPS, which in a full size 1911 has about half the recoil of the M-9 in 9 MM!


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