Back in 2017, a new ammo brand called NovX came onto the scene. Their intended differentiators were supposed to be twofold: the use of Shell Shock NAS3 stainless steel/aluminum casings instead of standard brass, and the use of copper/polymer projectiles. NovX claimed that their designs, specs, and choice of these non-traditional materials had allowed them to create rounds that they characterized as having/being “…ballistically superior; reduced recoil, match-grade accuracy, devastating wound channels.” However, things went largely quiet after that initial release, and although some ammo appears to have been produced and sold since those early days, today NovX is not particularly widely used or known. The company may be looking to change that now, as they’ve recently ramped up media activity, and issued the following press release (their apparent first since December of 2017) regarding a new ammo offering.
NovX Introduces Pentagon-Series Personal Defensive Ammunition
April 13, 2021
NovX™, the industry leader in advanced-technology ammunition, has launched a new line of personal defense handgun ammunition, available at Midway USA. The Pentagon defense cartridge was developed to provide maximum terminal performance for defensive, concealed carry applications.
Building on the NovX reputation for innovative, field-proven personal protection ammunition for civilians and law enforcement, the just-released Pentagon cartridge establishes new benchmarks in terminal performance for handgun ammunition.
The Pentagon line of handgun ammo centers on a monolithic copper hollow point design specifically engineered for controlled expansion on impact, maximizing penetration while delivering optimal hydrostatic shock. These environmentally safe, lead-free projectiles deliver petal expansion up to twice the bullet diameter. The Pentagon’s higher velocities and greater impact energy than conventional composite bullets are credited to the monolithic copper bullet’s lighter weight and the NovX patented 2-piece stainless steel cartridge case design. The net result is a defensive cartridge that is lighter to carry concealed, easier to shoot, provides for fast sight picture acquisition on follow-up shots through reduced muzzle flip, and superior terminal performance to quickly end defensive engagements.
Pentagon is currently offered in:
• 9mm Luger, 115-gr., standard pressure or +P
• 380 Auto, 80-gr., standard pressure or +P
• .40 S&W, 140-gr., standard pressure or +P
• .45 Auto, 185-gr., standard pressure or +P
The NovX Pentagon is their first in the series of new introductions which sets new benchmarks for EDC/CCW handgun ammunition in terms of terminal results and operational performance, and popular defensive rifle cartridges featuring Pentagon projectiles with others soon to follow. For more information on Pentagon ammunition as well as the proven NovX Engagement: Extreme and Cross Trainer/Competition line of defense and training ammo, visit NovXAmmo.com.
What do you think, readers? Do these nontraditional ammo materials seem more interesting or gimmicky to you? Would you want to give NovX Pentagon rounds a try, or give them a pass? With the way that our ammunition supply and pricing have been so painful over the last year or so, at this point are you happy to simply take whatever ammo you can get for a price that doesn’t require you to sell any of your spare organs on the black market? Let us know in the comments below if you’ve tested any Novx rounds, if you want to, don’t want to, or whatever your thoughts on it may be. See you at the range!