Experiments

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 #10 – The Water Box O’ Truth

Will thick and heavy clothing prevent a Jacketed Hollow Point from opening up as designed? We had tested some older bullet designs and they seemed to become “plugged-up” by the cloth and did not expand as we expected. Today, we are going to shoot some Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) ammo into some water jugs, both with cloth in front of the jugs and without the cloth. We will then see if various types of ammo [...]

The Box O’ Truth #11 – Spall Liner

My friends, Goodmedicine and his son MEAD, sent me some interesting material called “multi-ply Kevlar / thermoset resin laminate sheet”. This stuff is used as a “spall liner”. Here’s what we could find out about spall liner. “Recently, many manufacturers have added a spall liner to the inside of the armour, which is designed to absorb fragmentation (spallation) released from the impact [...]

The Box O’ Truth #12 – Insulated Walls

Since we started this project, many people have asked, “Why don’t you fill the walls with insulation before you shoot them? Maybe it would make a difference.” Well, the standard answer is, “Interior walls, at least here in Texas, are not insulated. Only exterior walls are insulated.” But…..who knows? Maybe it would make a difference. The question was also asked, “Would it make a [...]

The Box O’ Truth #13 – The Water Box O’ Truth pt. 2

Today, we are going to shoot some Jacketed Hollow Point ammo into some water jugs with cloth in front, to continue some research we started in the “Rags O’ Truth”. We will then see if various types of ammo expand as designed. Following some suggestions, this time we will have the clothing right up against the first jug, to better simulate the way clothing is worn. GaryM, and Dragracer_Art both were kind [...]
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