NEW: NovX Stainless Steel, Copper Polymer Self-Defense 9mm Ammo

There’s a new product that shooters should keep an eye on. Timberghost Tactical LLC, a Georgia-based company, is taking the ammo world by storm with their new ammunition line: NovX, which is a stainless steel and copper polymer 9mm Luger +P. According to NovX, their 65-grain, standard pressure Engagement: Extreme Defense cartridges clock at 1,655 feet per second (fps).

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NovX 9mm ARX® Engagement: Extreme Self-Defense 

  • Projectile: 9mm Luger ARX
  • Weight: 65 grain
  • Velocity: 1,575 fps
  • Energy: 358 ft.-lbs.
  • MSRP: $28 (26 rds.)

NovX 9mm ARX® +P Engagement: Extreme Self-Defense

  • Projectile: 9mm Luger ARX
  • Weight: 65 grain
  • Velocity: 1,655 fps
  • Energy: 395 ft.-lbs.
  • MSRP: $29 (26 rds.)

NovX 9mm RNP® CrossTrainer

  • Projectile: 9mm Luger RNP
  • Weight: 65 grain
  • Velocity: 1,550 fps
  • Energy: 347 ft.-lbs.
  • MSRP: $27 (51 rds.)

NovX 9mm RNP® +P CrossTrainer

  • Projectile: 9mm Luger RNP
  • Weight: 65 grain
  • Velocity: 1,635 fps
  • Energy: 386 ft.-lbs.
  • MSRP: $29 (51 rds.)

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The new design is patent-pending, so we don’t have all the nitty-gritty details, but it combines intellectual properties of the polycarbonate/copper ARX bullet with Shell Shock Technologies (SST) stainless steel casing and aluminum primer base, operating on the principle of Aero Fluid Dynamics, not hydrostatic shock or mushrooming. The driving force behind this load is to make the most accurate self-defense handgun ammunition by replacing brass with a lighter, stronger and more consistent cartridge. According to NovX it’s supposed to produce 20 to 30 percent higher velocity than standard ammo, have 20 to 30 percent less felt recoil and 40 to 60 percent weight reduction versus standard ammo.

In addition to their new ARX Engagement: Extreme load, NovX also launched a 9mm RNP CrossTrainer that is geared for training, competition, and plinking. One of the major benefits of the casing NovX uses is that it is self-lubricating and corrosion resistant and with the polycarbonate copper bullet, say goodbye to lead fouling. We may see more companies lean into developing their rounds in a similar fashion as some states and indoor ranges are cracking down on lead pollution. Boxes are expected to hit stores in the next two weeks.

Look for a more in-depth review in coming weeks. We’re looking forward to testing how it stacks up against other self-defense loads.

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  • Amy Parsons January 28, 2018, 11:29 pm

    Great read! Luger is one of my favorite brands but can never really find cheap prices for them so I usually get LAX ammo in bulk and save Luger exclusively,

  • John September 29, 2017, 9:51 am

    ok I give up, what does the arx and rnp signify?

  • Jason B September 29, 2017, 7:29 am

    Stainless case? Won’t be allowed at any indoor range I’ve ever been to. Brass only so they don’t have to sort through it before it gets sold.

    • Ricky B September 29, 2017, 9:19 am

      Nonsense… I plink with cheapo steel case ammo indoors all the time. The stainless case will just remove the risk of your ammo rusting, which can obviously happen to the cheapo carbon steel cases if you keep your ammo too long in a humid enough environment.

      I recommend finding another shooting range that is a little more focused on customer service than their own convenience. Best of luck.

      • MD September 29, 2017, 9:53 am

        I quit going to all my local ranges when they required that you buy their ammunition.
        You can not bring your own in at all.
        They mark it up, then sell on a monopoly.

      • Paul H September 29, 2017, 10:05 am

        Ricky B, I do not know where you are located but there is no indoor range in Minnesota that allows steel case ammo. The restriction is plainly displayed in multiple locations and also on the sign in paperwork. It seems like a stupid rule but it is what it is.

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