Making a Case for Polymer

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Newer isn’t always better, but in the case of American-made Inceptor, we beg to differ. For a relatively young company, Inceptor is making some big waves in the industry. Here’s why you should pay attention…

by the ShootingDaily staff; promoted by Inceptor Ammunition

In an age where new ideas, products, and concepts seem a dime a dozen, true innovation is difficult to come by. Luckily for personal defense-minded citizens and shooting enthusiasts everywhere, Inceptor has completely revolutionized the projectile manufacturing process. What does this mean for customers? Better performing and more affordable ammunition and now component bullets too.

Now that certainly gets our attention.

Inceptor is relatively new to the ammunition scene, but they bring a whole lot to the table. The company boasts over 60 years of combined experience in injection-molding and more than 25 years of ballistics engineering know-how. They get bonus points for being 100% made in the USA and veteran-operated.

Ammunition Redefined


For over a century, most projectiles have been mass-produced with a process called cold forming. During this process, lead and copper are shaped with brute force in punches and dies to create projectiles. While this is still an effective way to produce projectiles, other, more efficient manufacturing methods have emerged. And that’s where Inceptor comes in.

Harnessing the power of good old-fashioned scientific research and fundamental physics, Inceptor has developed a propriety injection-molded manufacturing process that results in precise, consistent, accurate, low-ricochet, range-compliant projectiles with advanced terminal performance—everything good ammunition should be.


Inceptor ammunition is lighter, accurate, generates lower recoil, and shoots flatter than conventional ammunition with comparable loads. Using innovative design, readily available materials, and a highly efficient manufacturing process—with no waste water or heavy metal waste streams— Inceptor offers a game-changing alternative to traditional ammunition.

Inceptor® ARX® Preferred Defense™ is available in .380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 9mm Luger +P, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W and .45 Auto.
Inceptor® ARX® Preferred Defense™ is available in .380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 9mm Luger +P, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W and .45 Auto.

The ARX® Advantage

The ARX projectile is a vital component of the Inceptor Preferred Defense™ product line. From the way the projectile is manufactured to its shape and to the way it transfers energy to the target, the non-expanding ARX is truly one of a kind. To understand the ARX better, go ahead and trash practically everything you’ve learned about projectiles.

Let’s break it down…

It’s lead-free. Inceptor uses copper as the primary metal in its ARX projectiles because it’s easier to work with in injection molding than lead. As an incidental benefit, the bullet is non-toxic and fully range-compliant. What’s more, lead-free equals less wear on firearms over time. Win, win, win.

It weighs less. The metal-polymer ARX weighs approximately 70% less than lead-core projectiles with similar profiles. That means higher velocities, resulting in less bullet drop, recoil, and muzzle rise, and allows for quicker, more accurate follow-up shots and a better shooting experience overall. The ARX weight also means it will penetrate through fewer walls than conventional lead-core projectiles—a huge benefit for home defense.

It outperforms hollow points. Inceptor ARX projectiles transfer force more effectively than traditional expanding hollow-point rounds. Since the ARX doesn’t rely on expansion to transfer energy, it won’t fail to expand like some hollow-points, nor will it get hung up on feed ramps. Furthermore, the ARX has less felt-recoil and muzzle flip, allowing for quicker follow-up and higher accuracy over multiple shots.


The .300 AAC Blackout was the first Short Range Rifle (SRR) projectile in the Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo lineup. The new .223 option will be available in the fall of 2017.
The .300 AAC Blackout was the first Short Range Rifle (SRR) projectile in the Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo lineup. The new .223 option will be available in January of 2018.

The RNP™ and SRR™ Breakdown

The Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo™ features lead-free, injection-molded, copper-polymer projectiles loaded to tight specifications in high-quality brass cases. This fully frangible ammunition is available with a RNP (Round Nose Precision) profile in handgun cartridges or SRR (Short-Range Rifle) in rifle cartridges.

Here’s why we love it…

Available in ARX/RNP combo packs.
Available in ARX/RNP combo packs of 20 or 25 cartridges of ARX for Defense and 100 cartridges of RNP to train.

It’s ballistically matched. These cartridges are ballistically matched to achieve similar recoil and point of aim as their Inceptor ARX Preferred Defense counterpart. This means shooters will have the exact shooting experience while training with the RNP or SRR as they will when using ARX rounds.

It’s fully frangible. The unmatched frangibility of RNP and SRR projectiles provides a real-world training experience. Unlike other frangible ammunition that requires standoff distances measured in yards or meters, Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo can be fired against hardened steel targets at distances measured in feet.

It’s extremely accurate. The Inceptor RNP and SRR projectiles are engineered to perform, and every feature is designed and tested for pinpoint accuracy. High velocity means flatter trajectories for better accuracy over distance with less recoil.

All Inceptor Projectiles are Now Available as Component Bullets

The Inceptor ARX, RNP and SRR projectiles can now be purchased by handloaders. All the great features you’ve read about can now be used to the advantage of reloaders everywhere. Initial load data is published and more will be added soon. Be sure to add these projectiles to your loading bench.


While still in its early years, Inceptor proves that age is nothing but a number. Decades of combined experience paired with a thirst for innovation most certainly categorize this manufacturer as “one to watch.” Inceptor is anything but traditional—and we totally dig it.



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