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 #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 [...]

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 #23 – ExtremeShock Ammo and the Box O’ Truth

I had some friends from the HS2000/XDTalk Forum contact me about some ammo they were interested in testing.My friend DJDan said that if I would be willing to test some, he would arrange for the purchase of the ammo.This ammo is expensive. This is a picture of what I received. That small pile cost $73.97 delivered to my door. (More on cost later.) The cost was paid by a group of guys on the XD forum that were interested [...]

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 #17 – I Hear You Knocking – Metal Doors

I have had some folks ask about metal covered doors and how they would stand up to bullets. So….to the range. This is the setup. Neighbor was throwing away a metal front door. It is standard construction around here, thin metal over a wood frame, with foam insulation inside. We set up a drywall wall panel behind it to see what would happen. Top left and right, 9 mm JHP. Bottom left .45ACP Federal Hydrashock and [...]

The Box O’ Truth #18 – Sight Off-Set

A recent thread on an online forum discussed the attributes of a Handgun vs. a Shotgun vs. a Rifle in home defense. Several advantages for each type of weapon were discussed. I’d like to expand on one of those of the rifle, i.e., increased accuracy potential. At Thunder Ranch in the Urban Rifle course, we were sent through the Terminator, a building with halls, rooms, and bad guy targets. The instructor held us by [...]
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