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 boards, just to hold them straight and hopefully, to capture some bullets.

This is our setup.

This is our setup.

Today I want to see:

  1. After 2 “walls” of drywall, how will bullets react to hitting a water jug (to simulate hydrostatic shock)?
  2. Will they exit the water jug?
  3. How will they react to hitting a brick wall?
Here I am turning lose with a 1911 .45 ACP, Federal Hydrashock.

Here I am turning lose with a 1911 .45 ACP, Federal Hydrashock.

The .45 ACP blew up the water jug, then went into the pine board in front of the bricks, flattened, and sideways.

It stopped when it hit the brick without damage to the brick. The 9mm did the same.

Exited the jug, stopped by the pine board in front of the bricks.

This is the entrance to the front of the brick box.

This is the entrance to the front of the brick box.

I did all shooting from 12 feet from the box, about “across-the-room” distance.

The ammo is XM-193 ball.

Here I am, lined up to shoot the BOT with my AR15.

Here I am, lined up to shoot the BOT with my AR15.

The results were impressive.

Water sprayed everywhere and rained down on me from 15 feet.

The jug was blown to pieces.

This is it.

This is it.

The round entered the box and shattered the brick.

The round entered from the left side.

This is the picture.

This is the picture.

These are the pieces of the XM-193 ball recovered from the box of bricks (all we could find)

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The round entered the last sheet of drywall sideways, (tumbling).

This is the entrance.

This is the entrance.

I was sent some bullets by thor-bullets, a member of AR15.com

He makes them and says they are “frangible”.

He wanted me to shoot the box and report results.

I loaded them kind of hot, at his suggestion.

They are 69 grainers, jacketed, exposed HP lead.

This is the picture when I shot it.

This is the picture when I shot it.

The black edges indicate that it was indeed fragmented as it entered the jug of water.

It blew it up.

It never exited.

I am sorry to report that we were unable to recover any of the fragments.

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