Welcome 30 Super Carry: a new caliber for 2022

The pre-SHOT frenzy of new releases has seen the announcement of a brand new pistol caliber — the “30 Super Carry”. Announcement of the new cartridge stirred up all sorts of discussion on forums, Reddit threads, and all the other usual places.

Nighthawk’s upcoming 30 Super Carry model pistol, courtesy of Wichita Gun Club. It’s not Super Duty, which I somehow keep managing to type or say, nor is it 38 Super (with which a few folks on the internet have it conflated). This is an all-new mass production caliber. 

The 30 Super Carry Cartridge

So what is 30 Super Carry? First off, it should not be confused with the old Kimber Super Carry. This is a cartridge, not a specific weapon. In fact, There is actually more information on the cartridge(s) available than there is on the guns that will be using it, though we do know there will be a Nighthawk model (above) and Smith & Wesson Shield EZ model (below). 

The new cartridge will require its own magazines. 

A 30 Super Carry magazine for a Nighthawk model.
A 30 Super Carry magazine for a Nighthawk model.

30SC Shield EZ

30 Super Carry Shield EZ from Smith & Wesson.
A Shield EZ chambered in the new 30SC cartridge.
SW 30SC pistol
These images of a SW 30SC appeared on various forums, often with the following text: Smith & Wesson is excited to introduce ytheir S&W® Shield™ EZ® in a new caliber! Offering the Shield EZ chambered in Federal® 30 Super Carry™ the Shield EZ pistol features an 10+1 round capacity and a 3.675” barrel, ships with two 10 round magazines that feature a load assist tab for quick, easy loading, as well as a picatinny-style equipment rail to accommodate accessories. The pistol also features an optimal M&P pistol 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim, white-dot front and adjustable white-dot rear sights, and a light, crisp trigger!


30SC Ammunition

Here’s the Federal Premium announcement…which unfortunately announces very little at all. 

One version of the new cartridge offered by Federal Premium.
One version of the new cartridge, this one offered by Federal Premium.
30SC ammo specs from Federal
30SC ammo specs from Federal.
Remington 30 Super Carry ammo
Remington UMC 30 Super Carry 100gr FMJ.







30 Super Carry Shield EZ Specs

    Safety: Thumb and Grip Safety
    Chamber Length: 0 in.
    Frame Finish: Black
    Front Sight: White Dot
    Rear Sight: 2 Dot
    Grips: Aggressive Texture
    Finish: Black
    Firing System: Internal Hammer
    Frame Material: Polymer
    Trigger: Tactile & Audible Reset
    Magazine Type: Double Stack Magazine
    Barrel Configuration: Single
    Rifled Barrel: Yes
    Minimum Pull Length: 0 in.

Additional Features

    Easy to rack slide.
    Crisp, light trigger with tactile and audible reset.
    Includes 2 easy-to-load magazines.
    Grip safety.
    Magazine offers 10+1 round capacity.
    Windage adjustable, White Dot Rear Sight.
    Disassembles without pulling trigger.
    Grip texture optimized to size and recoil.
    Tactile Loaded Chamber Indicator (TLCI).
    Picatinny-Style Rail.
    Perfect size for nightstand, carry or a day at the range.
    Reversible magazine release.
    Optimal 18-degree grip angle for natural point of aim.
    Armornite® – Durable, Corrosion Resistant Finish.
    Backed by Smith & Wesson’s Lifetime Service Policy

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