Experiments

The Box O’ Truth #29 – The Helmets O’ Truth

Several people have asked me to shoot a new Kevlar helmet. My old buddy Ponyboy finally found a couple and sent them to me to test. Before we start, let me explain that we are not conducting “scientifically valid” tests on these brain buckets. It is my understanding that the military requires these helmets to withstand a round of 5.56 Ball at 200 yards. I am not certain of all the parameters, but it [...]

The Box O’ Truth #31 – The Books O’ Truth

I have had a number of folks send me notes on two related questions. The first is regarding the Bibles that some US troops carried in their shirt pockets in WWI and WWII. There were reports that some of these guys had bullets or shrapnel stopped by the Bibles in their pockets. Some enterprising guys even started selling metal covered Bibles that relatives could buy and send to troops. The question: Could a small Bible [...]

The Box O’ Truth #32 – Dum-Dum Bullets and the Box O’Truth

Had a few folks ask me recently about Dum-Dum bullets. Let’s see what we can find out about them on the Internet: “The ‘dum-dum’ was a British military bullet developed for use in India – at the Dum-Dum Arsenal – on the North West Frontier in the late 1890s. The dum-dum comprised a jacketed .303 bullet with the jacket nose open to expose its lead core. The aim was to improve the [...]

The Box O’ Truth #33 – Rock Salt in a Shotgun

Lots of folks ask me, “Have you ever tried rock salt in a shotgun shell? Would this be a good load for personal defense?” We have seen it done in the movies. I remember an episode of “The Rifleman”, where Lucas McCain shot some bad guys with a load of rock salt. I never understood why, but guess it had something to do with script writers needing a new story line every week. I’ve also heard [...]

The Box O’ Truth #35 – A Load of Dimes Vs. The Box O’ Truth

Well, I guess it’s time we finally put this one to rest. People are steadily asking me to try a load of dimes in a 12 gauge shotgun as a defense load. I guess all the westerns that use this load have created a myth that needs to be busted. First a little education. One of the ways old timers used to test an unmarked shotgun barrel for choke, was to try to insert a dime in the muzzle. If it would not go, it was a [...]

The Box O’ Truth #36 – Frozen Clothing And The Box O’ Truth

I have had a number of people send me notes asking if I would test a rumor that they heard about the Korean War. It seems that it was rumored that the North Korean Commies wore thick clothing and that in the freezing rain, the outside, which was wet, froze. It was then said that the .30 Carbine would not penetrate this frozen clothing, but would bounce off like an over-cooked string bean hitting an anvil. (Okay, I just [...]

The Box O’ Truth #40 – Deflected Bullets and the Box O’ Truth

Many of us are hunters and some are combatants. We all know that if a bullet hits a hard object, it can be deflected in a completely different path than the one it was traveling before the hit. A question we want to test today is this: Are some bullets more resistant to being deflected than others? Sometimes a deer will be behind a brush and only allow a narrow area for a hunter to place a bullet through. Even then, that [...]

The Box O’ Truth #43 – Buckshot in a Rifled Shotgun Barrel

I had a friend ask me, “O_P, could you shoot buckshot through a rifled barrel and a cylinder bore barrel and post the differences on your website?” Well, as is sometimes the case, I do not presently own a shotgun with both a cylinder bore barrel and a rifled slug barrel. But I started looking for one. I finally remembered that my friend Vern had such a set-up that he used for deer hunting. I gave him a call [...]

The Box O’ Truth #39 – Oil Vs. Primers

We have all participated in debates about how harmful oils are to primers. In fact, I, along with most folks, often said, “I bet WD-40 will quickly kill a primer. You had better keep it away from your ammo.” But, just how fast does this happen? I had one respected firearms instructor tell me that in the post I did on Cleaning and Lubing a Semi Auto Pistol, I needed to warn folks not to get any oil in the [...]

The Box O’ Truth #47 – Laminated Bullet Proof Glass – Pistols

I recently had a friend of The Box O’ Truth named David, who sent me an e-mail and told me about some glass he manufactures. He said, “I can provide you with some layered, laminated, bullet proof glass, that is much more bullet resistant than the cast poly sheet glass you shot before. This is rated as NIJ IIIA, for a .44 Magnum. If you want, I will also send you a sheet of NIJ III Rifle Rated glass.” [...]
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