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!


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