HPR’s New Black Ops Ammo

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HPR (High Precision Range) is taking the path of light, high speed frangible bullet in making their new Black Ops ammo.  With a high muzzle velocity and low bullet weight they are able to make a bullet that’s design is to hit a soft target and dump all of it’s energy with no over penetration or pass though.  They are also doing this with the ability to pass though barriers like walls or car doors and windows.

This is not a new concept, Liberty Ammo and some other companies are using the same type of formula of a very light bullet with an ultra high MV to achieve extremely high energy levels.  Although looking at the numbers, it looks like HPR is going with a more middle of the road approach.  Comparing the .40S&W, Liberty Ammo is using a 60gr @ >2000fps, HPR is using a 105gr @ 1323.  Of note, some Youtube channels reported getting 2440fps out of the liberty ammo.

Many informal ballistic tests have shown though that using a bullet like the Liberty Ammo give almost zero penetration and a very explosive impact.  Having a more substantial bullet should allow for the HPR ammo to penetrate better and transfer more energy into the subject and not onto the exterior of the subject. In comparison to another good self defense ammo, the numbers are different in places, but the same in others.

HornadyCritical Defence – 40S&W

  • Weight – 165gr
  • Muzzle Velocity – 1058fps
  • Muzzle Energy – 408ft lbs

HPR Black Ops – 40S&W

  • Weight – 105gr
  • Muzzle Velocity – 1323fps
  • Muzzle Energy – 408ft lbs

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Check out their press release and site if you want more info on their new Black Ops round.

Payson, AZ – HPR Ammunition, manufactured in Payson, Arizona, is positioned in the market as a high quality and innovative brand and is announcing their BLACK OPS® line of defensive ammunition.

HPR recognized the significant need for a high quality round that offers superior accuracy, and unparalleled takedown force in a variety of scenarios. HPR created the Black Ops® line for maximum knockdown power as the Open Tipped Frangible® (OTF) projectile transfers 100% of its energy into the target.  The OTF® projectile tracks straight through a variety of soft barriers like sheet rock, plywood, car doors, and auto glass.  When the projectile enters soft tissue, the jacket and core separate with furious force of impact, resulting in mass force trauma.  HPR designed Black Ops® as one of the most operational personal defense rounds available on the market today.  Meeting the lead free requirements of California, HPR’s BlackOps® features a lead free powdered metal alloy core, which not only delivers mass force trauma, but because it’s a lighter bullet has less recoil too—keeping you on target when all hell breaks loose.  The Black Ops® line launches in three calibers, 9mm, 40 S&W, and 45 Auto for use in both full size and compact handguns and is suitable for defensive scenarios with its knockdown power and accuracy.  Coming soon in .223 Remington 62gr OTF®.

9mm
BLACK OPS®

40 S&W
BLACK OPS ®

45 Auto
BLACK OPS®

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Projectile: Black Ops® OTF®
  • Bullet Weight:  85Grain
  • Muzzle Velocity:  1259 fps
  • 50 Yd Velocity: 1154 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 299ft/lbs
  • 50 Yd Energy: 251 ft/lbs
  • Box of 20 rounds
  • Tested with 4 inch barrel
  • MSRP $28.19
  • Caliber 40 cal
  • Projectile: Black Ops® OTF®
  • Bullet Weight: 105Grain
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1323 fps
  • 50 Yd Velocity: 1205 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 408ft/lbs
  • 50 Yd Energy: 339 ft/lbs
  • Box of 20 Rounds
  • Tested with 4 inch barrel
  • MSRP $30.99
  • Caliber 40 cal
  • Projectile: Black Ops® OTF®
  • Bullet Weight: 105Grain
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1323 fps
  • 50 Yd Velocity: 1205 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 408ft/lbs
  • 50 Yd Energy: 339 ft/lbs
  • Box of 20 Rounds
  • Tested with 4 inch barrel
  • MSRP $30.99

BlackOps® by HPR is now available at Sportsman’s Warehouse, MidwayUSA, and other fine retailers around the country.  Ask your dealer about HPR BlackOps®.

About HPR:

HPR is American Made and Performance Driven.  HPR strives to include all American components in their cartridges. Other countries may be able to produce products cheaper at the expense of quality and the outsourcing of jobs but, HPR believes in American quality and American jobs. HPR is the first manufacturing facility to locate in Payson in more than a decade. They have grown quickly and become the pride of their community.  For more information, visit www.hprammo.com.




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  • wojtekimbier

    There is “u” lacking in “Mzzle Velocity – 1058fps”

    • I agree with your assessment that there is definitely a vowel missing from that word… The correction has been expeditiously made. Thanks for the heads up.

      • dan citizen

        Sometimes a hyper velocity round moves fast enough to skip a vowel. This is a known and acceptable side effect.

        • wetcorps

          Would adding vowels effectively make it subsonic?

          • dan citizen

            A “U” would, have you seen the ballistic coefficient of this vowel?

            Now on the other hand the letter “I” is great and can even make a good bypercavitating round (in some fonts)

            And forget all calligraphy, that’s pure hand-to-hand stuff.

          • I guess a U would have added weight making it subsonic.

        • valorius

          Thread winner…lmao

  • sianmink

    The muzzle velocity is low for the weight of round, in all cases. Anyway, there’s already been a test or two, and it’s decidedly unimpressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWeD5NTl4Dw

    • I actually thought that looked like a pretty impressive gel test, especially for frangible. Apparently also very low recoil.

      • sianmink

        I mean of course it’s low recoil. It’s an 85 grain bullet at 1260 fps.

        The gel was passable, but was not anything resembling the marketing. This thing dumped its energy very gradually and penetrated deep.

        “When the projectile enters soft tissue, the jacket and core separate with furious force of impact, resulting in mass force trauma.”

        Yeah, not so much.

  • Marc

    The 9mm load is impressively underwhelming. With the right powder you can get that velocity with a 124 gr bullet.

    • Sam Schifo

      It’s fairly easy considering most modern handguns will easily handle +P+ tolerances.

      • Marc

        Vectan SP2 does it within standard pressure limits.

  • Sam Schifo

    Everytime I see something called “Black Ops” I can’t help but think of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLsDZjIH7sE

  • USMC03Vet

    I’d tell you guys more about these Black Ops, but it’s classified.

    • I agree the name is a little over the top…

    • Jarvon Slaughter

      OPERATION MRE FRAG, never thought you made it out of there Teufel Hunden. Shit, good to see you posting, I know you only have one foot. Errr!! Make the most of it crazy. Can’t believe you got shot 156 times with this ammo, and walked it off. Then a freaking VBED is what got you. Say hi to your dog RCBD and your cat Glaser for me. S/F Devil, glad to see you’re alive. We used to get it done didn’t we? So glad this ammo is out to help our community. Remember this? HORSE SPIKE 5000. That was some tough training. And don’t forget you don’t go to war with the ammo you want, you go to war with the ammo you have. And when that frangible shit fails you go to horseback, and take the enemies weapons and shoot them with shit that actually works. OOH-RAH!!

  • Duray

    And to think my old bullets just shot holes in things and that was that! Hard to believe anyone managed to die before the days of “mass force trauma” from the “most operational” rounds on the market. Because knock down power.

    • Mystick

      Nah, they work better because they are painted black. It’s the same as with cars and red.

      • Anonymoose

        The same rule applies to everything a mallninja owns.

  • We did this same super lightweight bullet at high velocity back in the late 70’s early 80’s. Nothing new about this.

    • valorius

      The old super vel. 🙂

    • sianmink

      These aren’t even high velocity!

      • True—- I hate gimmicks–it’s just my opinion but this just doesn’t seem like anything I’d be interested in at all.

  • Mystick

    Any cycling problems in the .45? Some guns don’t like some rounds and vice versa…

  • jordan Hyers

    Penetration is key in my mind for stopping a threat you need to be able to get to vital organs and should have to expect to pass threw ribs/sternum, as such I would go opposite of this idea heavy for caliber bonded bullet

    • dan citizen

      A nice hard cast slug with a flat meplat is damned near optimal, it’s just not new, novel, or as profitable as the newest wonder-bullet

      • valorius

        For trail defense, military use or tactical barrier penetration, i agree, however such rounds exhibit what many would consider to be massive over penetration.

    • valorius

      Imo medium weight for caliber “+p” bullets are best.

  • dan citizen

    The old “smart bullet” sales pitch…

    “no over penetration or pass though”
    “with the ability to pass though barriers like walls or car doors and windows”

    And before anybody starts whining about projectiles with varied terminal ballistics in different media, yeah, yeah…. I used to work in ballistic research and I’ve seen the concept…. (The french monolithic THV comes pretty close) but to make bold claims, one needs to provide bold evidence.

  • Dracon1201

    There’s a typo there. The .45 load is showing the .40S&W load data.

  • valorius

    These rounds are operating on what is widely believed to be a disproven wounding theory.

    • It is a disproven theory—

    • RaunchyDawg

      To clarify, ” The 9mm rounds border on anemic.” What is the normal reference range of RBC/serum in a 9mm round since these are hemoglobin/rbc deficient?

  • Lance

    Still take my Federal HST over this.

  • ColaBox

    Sold. Take my money Black Ops. I got a new 1911 on the way and I want to give it a proper welcome.

  • I’m all for experimenting with ammo, but this stuff is seriously underloaded in terms of velocity, defeating the entire point of lightweight projectiles.

    The Underwood 40S&W 135gr JHP does 1400 fps out of a 4″ barrel, generating 588 ft/lbs of energy, 77fps and 180 ft.lbs more than this load while using a real Nosler HP.

    http://www.underwoodammo.com/40sandwp135grainjacketedhollowpointboxof20.aspx

  • Zachary marrs

    This will work well with my g2 rip ammo!

  • guest

    Moar operator! Moar bullits!

  • Verner

    It sure looks nice…

  • Phil Hsueh

    FYI, the possessive form of it is its (no apostrophe), it’s is the abbreviation of it is. The mistake is in the second sentence of your first paragraph.

  • Michael

    Aquilla rounds were lighter and faster, They had 65 grain 9mm and 117 grain 45acp. I guess if they were that good we would all be carrying them.
    Name is terrible, would not sound good in a court room.