Welcome to the

Barnes Shop

Fred Barnes, founder of Barnes Bullets, began selling bullets out of his basement workshop in Bayfield, Colorado in 1932. Randy and Coni Brooks purchased the company in 1974 and moved the business to American Fork, Utah. Barnes stayed on to consult with the couple for several months. The Brooks were young in their careers, but had grit and determination. Both passionate hunters, their love of the sport helped them push Barnes Bullets to success. In 1985, while hunting brown bears in Alaska, Randy conceived the idea of an expanding all-copper bullet. After a few successful hunts with some prototypes, they knew they were on to something big. Their prototype became the world-renowned X Bullet® and changed the way hunters viewed bullet design and construction. In 1989, Barnes launched the X Bullet® and became the leader in bullet innovation, forging a reputation for knockdowns and on-game performance. Today, Barnes products are highly trusted and used by hunters and shooters worldwide.