Browning Releases BXP Personal Defense Ammunition

Browning continues to aggressively expand its offerings. Moving away from its ubiquitous firearms platforms including the Buckmark and others, Browning is now offering its own line of personal defense ammunition, called the BXP. 

The BXP line of ammunition is based on Browning’s “X-Point” technology “designed for reliable expansion and penetration for superior personal defense performance.” The X-Point itself is designed to propel the bullet through barriers and allow expansion upon hitting the appropriate target. This feature is patented (Which you can see here).


Interestingly (and large unmentioned in their presser), the BXP ammunition is paired to Browning’s BPT “Performance Target” line of ammunition for training.


The BXP line (and corresponding BPT ammunition) is formally released across four calibers.

  1. .380 Auto 95-gr.
  2. 9mm Luger 147-gr.
  3. 40 S&W 180-gr.
  4. 45 Auto 230-gr.

All feature new manufactured brass cases with a black nickel plating. Browning does state all are re-loadable.

Personally, I would be keenly interested in seeing the performance of the .380 auto load in the Browning 1911 .380 Black Label handgun I just reviewed. I loved the handgun and a solid defensive offering from the same manufacturer would be a nice option.

The BXP and BPT ammunition is now available from your local Browning dealer. Street pricing is ranging from $17.99 for the .380 & 9mm loads to 20.99 for the .40 S&W and .45 ACP loads.


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Dickie

    Can we post the picture in color please

  • USMC03Vet

    Pretty bullets but it’s either expansion or penetration. Not both with .380 auto.

    • A couple of loads have just squeaked by with modest expansion and 12″ penetration. The Precision One Hornady XTP load made 12″ in Shooting The Bull’s testing for example.

    • LG

      Look at the Lehigh Extreme Defender and Extreme Penetrator offerings. SootingTheBull410 did a rather impressive testing and analysis on the Extreme penetrator in .380.

    • Komrad

      Hornady’s XTP bullet can fairly consistently reach 12″ of penetration with decent expansion even from a 2.3″ barrel
      and XTP is old tech, unbonded JHP
      no reason you can’t have both with modern powders and bullet technologies

  • Vitor Roma

    They seem pretty confident about how easily the bullet expands, since they went for heavy bullets to each caliber.

  • Swarf

    If those are worth a damn, that’s a good price for self-defense ammo.

  • mig1nc

    Interested in seeing calibrated gelatin tests.


    Is everything in the Browning Black Label line made in China??? Well, everything that can legally be made there and then shipped over here?? Just my opinion, but Browning jumped off a cliff many years ago. What is left is a marketing department selling $600 polymer framed .22s and some other niche market silliness.

  • Getting sick of all this Premium Boutique Ammo. You know what would sell, Browning? Some fecking .22LR. Simple, Bulk Pack .22LR at reasonable prices. You would be printing money. That’s made in the USA. Centerfire Pistol too. Thanks.

  • 147g 9mm – that sounds quite heavy, no? #noob

    • Kefefs

      The most common 9mm weights are 115gr, 124gr, and 147gr. It’s on the heavy end of what’s normally available.