June 2014

The Box O’ Truth #2 – The Box Speaks Again

Another fine day at the range. This is the continuation of our tests from last week. My friend Tman and I went to the range this morning to learn some more. Notice that I have spaced the drywall out at 3 1/2 inches, just like an interior wall. I have one wall, then as much space as I can with the BoT, then a second wall, then a gallon jug of water, then a wall of bricks. The bricks are enclosed inside some 3/4 inch pine [...]

The Box O’ Truth #9 – Magazines vs. Rifle Rounds

If you ship it, we shoot it! My friend C-4 sent me a note, “Hey O_P, I see guys with AK-47 mags carried in pouches on their chests. I wonder if that would really stop a bullet. I’ve got some old mags. You want to try them to see?” What could I say? Sure! This is a typical pic of a guy in the Sandbox wearing a chest pouch full of AK mags. This also happened in Viet Nam with the VC carrying mags in this [...]

The Box O’ Truth #8 – The Rags O’ Truth

What are the effects to a bullet of passing through thick clothing before hitting a bad guy? Will that stop or slow down bullets considerably? Will it clog-up hollow points and prevent them from expanding? We have several inches of cloth clamped to a cardboard holder in the Box O’ Truth, just to keep it together. Then, a milk jug of water to catch the rounds that exit. Then three pine backer boards, in case the jug [...]

The Box O’ Truth #7 – The Sands O’ Truth

Sand, in the form of sandbags, has been used by the military for many years. There are probably many reasons it is used, including the fact that sand is available and cheap (free), but it wouldn’t be used unless it worked. So, how well does it work? I could have just shot sand bags, but sand bags come in many forms and sizes. And, it would matter how they were stacked, end-wise, sideways, etc. But the main problem [...]

The Box O’ Truth #6 – Ballistic Resistant Glass Gets Tested

My friend Pighelmet sent me an IM on AR15.com saying, “Hey O_P, I’ve got some bullet resistant glass. Wonder if it will really stop bullets? Want to shoot it? I will send it to you.” The only answer was, “Sure! Why not?” The material is called Polycast, cast acrylic sheet. It is clear and 1 1/4 inches thick. The sheet was approximately 20″ X 14″ Of course, you give up something [...]

The Box O’ Truth #5 – The Locks O’ Truth

My friend DVDTracker, sent me an IM on AR15.com and asked, “OP, I wonder how difficult it is to shoot a lock off? I’ve seen it done on TV and in movies, but wonder if it is as easy as they show it to be. How about if I send you some funds to buy some locks. Will you shoot them and report back?” The only answer was, “Sure! Why not?” So, with funds supplied by LifeLibertyEtc, I set up an [...]

The Box O’ Truth #4 – Miscellaneous Rounds Meet the Box O’ Truth

I had friends on AR15.com send me some requests and samples and ask me to run them through the Box O’ Truth. So we went to the range to kind of tie up some lose ends. We used the Box O’ Truth with 12 sheetrock boards in it, backed up with a gallon jug of water to catch the round, and backed up finally by a wall of bricks enclosed in a wood enclosure. Started out with some ammo that Arowneragain sent me, some [...]

The Box O’ Truth #3 – The Shotgun Meets the Box O’ Truth

I didn’t want to slight the shotgun lovers by not carefully researching what a shotgun will do as far as penetration. The shotgun is a Mossberg Maverick, 12 Gauge, with a 19.5″ barrel, no choke. Typical of “combat” shotgun dimensions.   The Box O’ Truth is loaded with 12 sheets of 5/8″ sheetrock, backed up by a jug of water to try to “catch” anything that might [...]

The Box O’ Truth #15 – Fragmentation Armor

We’ve had a lot of interest in what would Level II Armour do to stop bullets. This is commonly called “Fragmentation Armour” and is designed to stop shell fragments. While not designed as an anti-bullet armour, we wondered what it would do. My old buddy DVDTracker, of LifeLibertyEtc, sent me some old Level II vests from the military, and said to give them a try. Here’s one of the used vests [...]

The Box O’ Truth #14 – Rifles, Shotguns, and Walls

In our last tests shooting walls, we tried to line up 4 walls that were 2 feet by 2 feet. It turned out that the 5.56 deviated so much from its course after the first wall, that it was almost impossible to hit the other walls to test penetration. So, we built bigger walls. These are 4 feet by 4 feet. They are normal 1/2 inch drywall or sheetrock, as it is called in some areas. We spaced the walls about 10 feet apart to [...]
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