The Box O’ Truth #14 – Rifles, Shotguns, and Walls

In our last tests shooting walls, we tried to line up 4 walls that were 2 feet by 2 feet. It turned out that the 5.56 deviated so much from its course after the first wall, that it was almost impossible to hit the other walls to test penetration. So, we built bigger walls. These are 4 feet by 4 feet. They are normal 1/2 inch drywall or sheetrock, as it is called in some areas. We spaced the walls about 10 feet apart to [...]

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 [...]

The Box O’ Truth #20 – Buckshot Patterns

On a recent post about sight off-set, we discussed using 00 Buckshot at close range. My friend dport wrote me and said, “I believe that the new “Reduced recoil” loads will pattern smaller than what you shot. Also, I’ve heard that they pattern smaller at longer ranges. If I sent you some ammo, could you test it and see?” My answer: Sure! So, we compiled some different 00 Buckshot. We tried [...]

The Box O’ Truth #22 – 20 Gauge Shotgun

I have had several friends write me to ask, “My wife doesn’t like the recoil of a 12 gauge. How about a 20 Gauge for home defense?” Well, let’s see what we can determine. We will use the Waterbox O’ Truth to measure penetration. According to a recognized expert, DocGKR, “Be aware that water generally reveals the maximum upset which can occur to a projectile in soft tissue -your actual [...]
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