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“When an aeronautical engineer who helped design the propulsion system for the F-22 Raptor, dubbed ‘the most advanced fighter jet in the world,’ decides to manufacture ammunition, you can be certain that precision and safety protocols are exemplary by design.” They got me at F-22. And if you want to get some serious trigger time with HPR precision ammunition – “the cleanest and most accurate ammunition on the market” – we invite you to do so at the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival on November 14 and 15 at Best of the West Shooting Sports in Liberty Hill. HPR has taken a big bay and by God they’re going to fill it with some exciting stuff . . .

First and foremost, visitors to the HPR bay holding Shooter and VIP tickets will ring steel with a variety of handguns and rifles in a variety of calibers: from .380 to 9mm to 300 Blackout and beyond! Click here to check out HPR’s full line of training and self-defense ammunition. Math-savvy gun enthusiasts can click here for a PDF featuring a ballistic performance chart for all their ammo.

HPR product experts will be on hand to provide Festival ticket holders with a hands-on explanation of HPR ammunition’s benefits. For example, the ammo maker’s ballistic boffins developed their .380 load “light” in velocity to reduce felt recoil, for more control of smaller, concealable .380’s. (ShootingTheBull410’s review above.) Conversely, HPR’s .357 load is a high velocity round, utilizing a slow-burning powder for smoother recoil. HPR’s training ammo is TMJ (Total Metal Jacket) not FMJ (Full Metal Jacket); the round is fully encased in copper to reduce airborne lead pollutants.

HOPR Black Ops Ammunition Jeep (courtesy

Visitors to the HPR bay at the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival who want to learn more about the Arizona ammo maker’s competitively priced premium products can also visit their decked-out “Mobile Command Center” to check out gel blocks, demo videos and other support material. HPR’s also bringing their Black Ops Jeep, just because they can. Come and shoot it AND come and buy it. You can buy HPR ammo on the spot in all their most popular calibers. Bonus! Score a free HPR Ammunition T-shirt with any ammo purchase.

HPR Ammunition is made in America by Americans using American-sourced materials. (In Arizona, not Texas but we’ll let that one slide.) Click here to read TTAG writer Nick Leghorn’s take. The company is as proud of their people and processes as they are of their ammunition. Come and meet the folks behind HPR ammo and fire off some their ammunition at the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival. Click here to buy your tickets to the Festival now, before the prices rise (again) and they sell out.

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  1. While I’m sure the Texas party will be a hoot, the cost of such a trip would be an expensive way to test ammunition, when you can just, you know, buy some. And test it with your own chronograph at your own range, at your leisure.

    As for HPR, the packaging gives me the impression that the maker is trying really hard to justify the price.

    • They’re offering Shooter and VIP ticket holders the chance to fire their ammo out of GUNS! And there’s a bit more to see at the Texas Firearms Festival:

      “In the big bays: FN USA, Noveske/US Optics, STI Guns, IWI, CMC Triggers, Texas Custom Guns, War Sport, Armalite, LANTAC USA), SIG SAUER, HPR Ammunition, PWS, Silencer Shop, Roughneck Firearms/Liberty Suppressors, Republic Forge, Walther, YHM
      “On the rifle range: Bergara Custom Rifles, Leupold, Double D Armory/Gorilla Ammunition, Daniel Defense, Blaser, LWRC, Battle Rifle Company, Cobalt Kinetics, Henry Repeating Arms and Sons of Liberty.

      “In the retail village: DSG Arms, DPX Gear Inc, Kangaroo Carry, Texas Concealed Carry, Dead Goose Society, Bond Arms, Pipe Hitters Union, Sure Shots Magazine, Torphy Tools, A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, Well Armed Woman, Fighter Design, Lone Star Gun Rights, Americase, 610Precision, Brim-It, AR Customs, Ducks Unlimited, Second Amendment Foundation, Bee Tactical, Precision Small Arms, Texas State Rifle Association, KNS Precision, and Target Vision.

      “In addition, the Texas State Rifle Association is sponsoring our new-for-2015 Competition Zone and the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s sponsoring our VIP tent. We’ve made room for more companies in our Retail Village.”

      Just sayin’

  2. I went through 1,000 rounds of HPR 230-gr. .45 ACP at Gunsite’s Defensive Pistol course. At the end of each day, my hands were nearly as clean as when I started. And my Ruger SR1911 Lightweight Commander didn’t need cleaning until the course was over.

  3. I use HPR black ops 9mm as my EDC self defense ammo. Expensive, yes, but the lighter bullets, lighter recoil, and no loss in terminal ballistics make up for that in a full size EDC (HK VP9)

  4. If caliber doesn’t matter then why bother to spend more money on”premium” ammunition in your chosen caliber? As far as I know Winchester, Remington, Federal and Hornady always go bang and with one hanguns have long enough barrels to get proper expansion. from any round. Cleaner burning powders are a plus but in any self defense scenario you won’t get past a few dozen rounds so you won”t be looking at a dirty pistol jamming. If you are shooting competion I can see a reason for using a high cost premium round but other than snob appeal why bother with expense?

  5. I hate to spoil the Mighty Mouse ammo love fest, but you did not mention his followup test of HPR performance through denim cloth and ballistic gelatin ( It penetrated well but barely expanded. As with almost all other 380 rounds he tested, the cavity became clogged with cloth and acted more like a FMJ bullet. If you want to skip all the video tests, just watch this last one to see which 380 rounds were crowned King, Queen, and Jack (

  6. I quit using HPR when it became known that it causes premature baffle erosion. It is good ammo, if you don’t shoot suppressed.


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