Pistol

The Box O’ Truth #21 – The Breadbox O’ Truth

A recent thread in AR15.com stirred a big debate. It seems a “Firearms Instructor” told a student that a loaf of bread would stop a bullet, especially if the bullet was a Jacketed Hollow Point. Now, we all know that if you read it on the internet, it must be true. Right? So, to the range. My old buddy Tman doesn’t get many “acting” parts in these threads, so I assured him that this was safe, [...]

The Box O’ Truth #26 – Little Guns vs. The Box O’ Truth

Many of us have, from time to time, carried small guns that are easy to conceal. If asked, we would justify it by saying, “A .32 in your hand is better than a .45 ACP in your safe.” But, as Clint Smith has observed, “I never met a man that had been in a gunfight and wished that he had a smaller gun. Ever.” But if we decide to carry a small gun so that we can more easily conceal it, how effective [...]

The Box O’ Truth #27 – Little Guns vs. The Box O’ Truth #2

As often happens, the Little Guns post presented us with some additional questions. We figured it was only appropriate to give it a follow-up to settle a few of them. Once again, we will be looking at small carry guns. There are sometimes called Back-Up Guns or BUGs for short. The main reason for their existence is simply the ease with which they can be concealed. I was disappointed with the results of the JHP in my P-32 [...]

The Box O’ Truth #28 – Cowboy Pistols and The Box O’ Truth

I have had several readers, many from other countries, ask about how American cowboy pistols would compare to modern firearms. Today, we will take a look. The most common “western” cartridge would surely be the .45 Long Colt. Many will say that it ought to be called simply the “.45 Colt”, as there is no “.45 Short Colt”. But to distinguish it from the .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) [...]

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 #30 – Snakeloads O’ Truth

I’ve been surprised to have had several guys contact me and ask me about snakeloads in a pistol as a defense load. One guy said: “My step-Dad assured me that .38 Special shotshells are the BEST for home defense and NOTHING else can come close. He didn’t elaborate on why. Maybe he thinks it is for safety reasons. I was wondering if you guys could do something on shotshells for pistols? Thanks.” [...]

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 #34 – Bullet Proof Wallboard

I recently got a message from my friend Pighelmet. He said that he had a piece of bullet-proof material and would I like to shoot it. Whadda you think? When I got it from the Brown Truck O’ Happiness, I took a look at it. It was about 14 inches square and a little over 1/4 inch thick. I sent him a message and asked for all the details he had. “What you have there Don is a true piece of “Ballistic [...]

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 [...]
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