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  1. The Box O' Truth Articles
    When I was growing up, it was a common saying for my Dad and Uncles to have an accurate rifle and for them to say, "This rifle is a real tack driver!" I even use the term myself now and then. It occurred to me yesterday, "I wonder how difficult it would be to drive a thumb tack with a rifle?"...
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    I have had a few folks ask the question: "I know sabot slugs are designed to be used with rifled shotgun barrels, but can they be used effectively with a smooth bore barrel?" That is the question we will try to answer today. First a little terminology education. A solid, single projectile...
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    Another fine day at the range. This is the continuation of our tests from last week. My friend Tman and I went to the range this morning to learn some more. Notice that I have spaced the drywall out at 3 1/2 inches, just like an interior wall. I have one wall, then as much space as I can with...
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    I didn't want to slight the shotgun lovers by not carefully researching what a shotgun will do as far as penetration. The shotgun is a Mossberg Maverick, 12 Gauge, with a 19.5" barrel, no choke. Typical of "combat" shotgun dimensions. The Box O' Truth is loaded with 12 sheets of 5/8"...
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    I had friends on AR15.com send me some requests and samples and ask me to run them through the Box O' Truth. So we went to the range to kind of tie up some lose ends. We used the Box O' Truth with 12 sheetrock boards in it, backed up with a gallon jug of water to catch the round, and backed up...
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    My friend DVDTracker, sent me an IM on AR15.com and asked, "OP, I wonder how difficult it is to shoot a lock off? I've seen it done on TV and in movies, but wonder if it is as easy as they show it to be. How about if I send you some funds to buy some locks. Will you shoot them and report back?"...
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    My friend Pighelmet sent me an IM on AR15.com saying, "Hey O_P, I've got some bullet resistant glass. Wonder if it will really stop bullets? Want to shoot it? I will send it to you." The only answer was, "Sure! Why not?" The material is called Polycast, cast acrylic sheet. It is clear and 1...
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    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...
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    What are the effects to a bullet of passing through thick clothing before hitting a bad guy? Will that stop or slow down bullets considerably? Will it clog-up hollow points and prevent them from expanding? We have several inches of cloth clamped to a cardboard holder in the Box O' Truth, just...
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    If you ship it, we shoot it! My friend C-4 sent me a note, "Hey O_P, I see guys with AK-47 mags carried in pouches on their chests. I wonder if that would really stop a bullet. I've got some old mags. You want to try them to see?" What could I say? Sure! This is a typical pic of a guy in the...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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