New Ammunition Design: This time I’m excited!!!

Several times I’ve pointed to an historical example of ammunition, and questioned whether we were perhaps missing out on an effective munition type. In the 18th and 19th century of naval warfare, cannons would be loaded with a number of different type of shot. 
Primarily there was the cannonball. Big round heavy ball. Sometimes heated “hot shot” so that it could cause fires. This is essentially the typical bullet.  Then there was “grape” shot. Smaller ballers packed in.  The result did miniscule damage to a ship but was devastating to its crew.  This type of munition was often used prior to boarding an enemy vessel. Essentially, this is the same concept as a modern day shotgun shell.
The last common munition was used to slow down the vessel. Chain shot…picture a chain strung between two balls. The resultant effect was particularly damaging to sails, masts and yardarms. By damaging those areas of a ship, you slowed it down, providing an opportunity to overtake and board her.
Many times I’ve pondered and raised the question, would a modern chain shot design be effective. Especially for unusual handguns like the Taurus judge. Which will donut shotgun pellets.
Advanced Ballistic Concepts
has innovated a new round that is essentially based on the chain shot concept. It has a primary core, and three satellites that are tethered (chained) by fiber.
Why is this advantagous? It has a wider area of impact (14″ for handguns, 24″ for shotgun). While maintain a larger more effective impact than pellets provide. 
I may have to pick up a box and take them to the range. I’d be curious to know what effect the tethering has when only one unit impacts on a target of ballistic gelatin or water (rather than paper).
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What does a bullet impacting look like?

Below is a very slow motion video of bullet impacts…

Pretty neat if you haven’t already seen it circulating across the blogs.

Published in: on October 12, 2009 at 2:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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.380 to the head…50/50 chance for one family

A woman with a restraining order out on her husband finds, as have many women, that it was quite ineffective at protecting her. Apparently, God was a bit more effective…

Her husband came in and shot her point blank in the head with a .380 caliber pistol. He than proceeded to go outside and shoot himself.  The result, apparently this family only has a 50/50 chance of dying from a .380 gun shot wound.

While the husband was successful in killing himself. He failed in his attempt to kill his wife. The bullet hit her in the head, passed through her skull, through the lobe areas and out the back of her skull.  But did not kill her. Dazed and confused she made herself some tea and offered some to the police officer when he arrived.

H/T to Snowflakes

Published in: on April 28, 2009 at 7:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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