.40 S&W

The .40 S&W (10×22mm Smith & Wesson) is a rimless pistol cartridge developed jointly by major American firearms manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Winchester.[3] The .40 S&W was developed from the ground up as a law enforcement cartridge designed to duplicate performance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s reduced-velocity 10mm Auto cartridge which could be retrofitted into medium-frame (9mm size) automatic handguns. It uses 10.16-millimetre (0.4 in) diameter bullets ranging in weight from 6.8 to 13.0 grams (105 to 200 gr)

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 #16 – Level IIIA Armor

A while back, my friend Michael contacted me, he said, “I am sending you some “shootpacks” (18″x18″) The one condition is that you not mention my name or the supplier. Because your setup is informal, they would not want to have their name connected with the testing since you don’t have a NIJ-certified laboratory setup. For your information, body armor material is designed to work when [...]

The Box O’ Truth #24 – Sniper Against Armor

I have a friend that is a member of AR15.com, contact me about a shoot he was involved in a while back. I will not give his name or department or even state. His note said (paraphrased): “Hi OP, I am a SWAT sniper and was involved in a shooting a while back. The bad guy was a crazy guy that was hold up in a building and threatening to kill citizens and police officers. The SWAT Team was called in and I was on the [...]

The Box O’ Truth #38 – RBCD Ammo Vs. The Box O’ Truth

My friend Aim4myhead sent me a note saying, “Have you ever tested RBCD Platinum Plus Ammunition? I have some and think it is great stuff. If I sent you some, would you test it?” I said, “Sure. But I will only report what I observe. If it doesn’t do so well, that’s what I will say.” He replied, “No problem. Just tell the truth about what you see. I believe it will be impressive. [...]

Educational Zone #138 – The Kel Tec Sub Rifle 2000

I have long been interested in the KelTec SU2000. When it was first introduced, we looked at them and liked the way it looked, but the MSRP was crazy. I decided to wait until they came down to a reasonable price to get one. I had originally thought I wanted one in 9mm, but recently noticed that I had only one .40 S&W pistol, a Glock 22, and I had several thousand rounds of .40 S&W brass. So, I decided to get a [...]
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