History of Barnes Ammunition
Founded in 1932 by Fred Barnes, Barnes Bullets has the reputation of being an industry leader with its rifle bullets. With bullets to fit virtually any caliber in production, and quite a few custom creations as well, Barnes has a bullet to fit any need a serious hunter or shooter would have.
The first innovation Fred Barnes introduced was the copper jacketed bullet. This resulted in improved performance in both penetration and expansion when compared to the bullets in production in the 1930's. Soon after Barnes began large scale manufacturing and became the largest custom bullet maker in the United States.
The company grew to over 100 employees by the 1940's, but had declined through the sixties and when it was renamed to Colorado Custom Bullets, it had become a two person shop. Then in 1974, Randy and Coni Brooks bought what was left of the company and with help from Fred Barnes, began to rebuild Barnes Bullets. Through contacts with Safari Club International and a commitment to know, firsthand, how his products worked in the field. Randy Brooks set out show the hunting community that his bullets were the best on the market. Brooks decided to hunt 100 days per year with his bullets, this along with field reports from satisfied Safari Club members helped Barnes Bullets become a major name again by the late 1980's.
In 1985, Randy Brooks came up on the idea of an all copper expanding bullet. This became known as the "X-bullet" as the bullet split into 4 petals upon impact and made the X shape. This became the base of many bullets that comprise the Barnes line today. Barnes bullets have continued to expand into virtually every rifle caliber in use today and the company has continually improved their products over the years. Today Barnes bullets hold World Records for accuracy and are used by major manufacturers, such as PMC, Sako and Lazzeroni.
Moving forward, Barnes is focusing on expanding its personal defense, law enforcement and military bullets. The TAC-XPD line has been very popular for its penetration with excellent expansion and weight retention. For the military, Barnes offers several different bullet types that are classified, but one type that is known about it the RRLP, or Reduced Ricochet Limited Penetration bullet that was designed specifically for urban warfare.
Barnes continues to innovate and expand its offerings and maintain the quality that they are known for. Shooters the world over appreciate and respect the excellent products that are offered by Barnes. With the Brooks family's commitment to providing a superior bullet, it is likely that Barnes Bullets will continue to remain among the upper strata of bullet manufacturers for years to come.
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