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 [...]

The Box O’ Truth #19 – The Water Box O’ Truth pt. 3: Rifle Rounds

I’ve had a few folks ask me to do some tests to see what rifle rounds did when fired into water. Mythbusters did something like this a while back, but I wasn’t satisfied with their methods. First, we went to Wallyworld and bought 24 gallons of water. We were afraid that we would start a rumor that another hurricane was on the way and a riot would ensue. But no problems. Rifles often penetrate further than [...]

The Box O’ Truth #24 – Sniper Against Armor

I have a friend that is a member of AR15.com, contact me about a shoot he was involved in a while back. I will not give his name or department or even state. His note said (paraphrased): “Hi OP, I am a SWAT sniper and was involved in a shooting a while back. The bad guy was a crazy guy that was hold up in a building and threatening to kill citizens and police officers. The SWAT Team was called in and I was on the [...]

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 #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 #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 #37 – The Deadly .303 British and The Box O’ Truth

My friend FreeWilly sent me a note asking if I would be interested in him sending me some assorted .303 British ammo to test. Of course, I said, “Sure!” smilie He was particularly interested in the bullet construction of these rounds. He had sectioned some of the bullets to allow us to see how they were constructed. As we noted in an earlier post, the .303 British round is an old round with a lot of history. [...]

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 #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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