NOVX 9MM: NEW CASING, NEW BULLET
The NovX features a new twist. The cartridge case is a stainless-steel casing mated to an aluminum case head which houses the primer. This is a lightweight but very strong cartridge case. The loading is designed to produce high comparative velocity for a handgun cartridge.
Because copper and polymer are longer for the caliber than lead and copper jacketed bullets, and less dense, the bullet weighs only 65 grains. The 9mm Engagement Extreme Self Defense loading fires a 65-grain copper-polymer bullet in excess of 1,500 fps. The bullet will tend to break up on contact with hard surfaces such as brick but penetrates wallboard.
A standard pressure loading breaks 1,575 fps while the +P loading with the same 65-grain bullet reaches 1,655 fps. There is little difference in felt recoil with the +P loading due to the light projectile.
A less expensive Cross Trainer Competition load in standard and +P loadings with a round nose bullet is offered. The Cross Trainer Competition loading cost about the same for 51 rounds as the 26-round box personal defense loading. That’s right, 51 and 26 rounds, which is unconventional but in this day of high capacity handguns an extra round or two compared to a 20-round box of personal defense loads is important.
Above: NovX rounds use a polymer flute in the bullet to instigate tissue damage.