Fred Barnes founded his company, Barnes Bullets, in 1932. The company has since earned a solid reputation as a leader within the ammunition industry with its rifle ammunition. Barnes manufactures bullets for practically every caliber in production, and they sell their fair share of custom creations, ideal for hunters and serious shooters in any situation.
The introduction of a copper jacketed bullet was Fred Barnes' first innovation. This bullet performed better in tests for both penetration and expansion when compared to other 1930s bullets in production. He began large-scale manufacturing soon after these tests, and Barnes grew to be the biggest custom bullet manufacturer in the U.S.
The company expanded to more than 100 employees by the 1940s, but the company shrank through the 1960s, changed its name to Colorado Custom Bullets, and shrank to only two employees. Randy and Coni Brooks bought the remains of the company in 1974, and with Fred Barnes' help, began rebuilding Barnes Bullets. Through contacts in Safari Club International, Randy was committed to having firsthand experience with the performance of his products in the field and was intent to demonstrate to global hunters that his bullets were the best on the market. He spent 100 days per year hunting with his bullets and shared the testimonials of satisfied Safari Club members who had used his bullets for hunting, which eventually led Barnes Bullets to grow once again into a major name in the ammunition industry by the late 1980s.
Randy Brooks developed his idea of an expanding bullet made entirely of copper in 1985. This bullet came to be called the "X-bullet," as the bullet splits into the shape of an X upon impact. Many bullets of the Barnes line today are based on this design from 30 years ago. Today, Barnes bullets are manufactured in nearly every caliber for rifles in use, and the company continues to improve their products year after year. They have won World Records for their accuracy, and many major manufacturers including PMC, Sako and Lazzeroni use their bullets. The groundbreaking X-bullet is available to shooters in many different configurations, the three most popular designs being Triple Shock, Tipped Triple Shock, and XPB.
Looking forward, Barnes is developing their ammo lines for personal defense, police and military applications. The TAC-XPD line is renowned for deep penetration, excellent expansion and great weight retention. Barnes provides a variety of bullet types for the military, which are classified, but the public does know about the Reduced Ricochet Limited Penetration (RRLP) bullet – designed for warfare in urban environments.
Today, Barnes continues to be an innovator by growing their product line while maintaining the quality for which they're known. Shooters around the globe appreciate and value Barnes' excellent products, and the Brooks family is committed to providing superior ammo, which is why Barnes Bullets will remain a premier manufacturer for years to come.