Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Tom

    Clearly those cardboard boxes were not made from the same material as the boxes the A Team used to hide behind.

    • Dave C

      Dmitry to bullet proof glass: “I must break you.”

    • Adam

      now thats funny

  • andrey kireev

    Old ass RPG still got some oomph to it huh ? Just think… these days they have Tandem charges to bypass ERA (explosive Reactive Armor) and burn thru another 700mm of RHA

    • Phillip Cooper

      Pretty sure that IS a tandem charge.

      • Ken

        Nope, it’s a standard HEAT rocket, not a PG-7VR tandem. You can see it at 4:00.

    • Secundius

      @ andrey kireev.

      As I recall, A TOW will go through ~1,040mm of RHA like Tissue Paper and from more than 4,000-meters away…

      • andrey kireev

        Firstly, what does TOW have to do with with my comment about RPG ? Secondarily, they are different classes of weapons. One is a simple, cheap, unguided shaped weapon meant to arm every single squad on the battlefield, while the other is a much more expensive, crew served stationary/vehicle mounted ATGM ? You’re comparing apples and oranges bro.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    So they wasted a hundred million rubles worth of BP glass to prove what we all pretty much already knew but, hey, I like to watch sh-t get blowed up.

    Im surprised the Russians didnt stick a real guy back there.

    • andrey kireev

      hundred million rubles… so like $100 ? LOL

    • bsnighteye

      Seven packets of 1 square meter of 65mm SZM-5(V-5) bulletproof glass that can withstand 7.62x54R bullet from SVD costs 157500 RF rubles that means 2384 US dollars today.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Ill check the exchange rate before making a joke next time.

        • bsnighteye

          I only disliked the part about my compatriots beign test subjects.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Again, dude, it was a joke.

          • bsnighteye

            No hard feelings, dude.

    • Дмитрий Богуславский

      Andrew Kirisenko was a bit tired of all that stuff people like to shoot in his armour plate carrier. Better luck next time.

    • Roger

      Nothing wrong with blowing up stuff with cool weaponry. If we can have “hold my beer and watch this….” fun times, why can’t we watch Russians doing what red blooded males like to do world wide?

  • Phillip Cooper

    RPG-7 is the binary warhead “Abrams killer”, right?

    • DaveP.

      RPG-7 is the launcher, they’ve been around since the early ’60s with several modernizations and are now being produced in America. The tandem warhead is PG-7VR, and has only been in production since the very early ’90s.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Thanks- I knew about the RPG-7 launcher, a bit of a braincramp there.

        Thanks for the info on the 7VR.

  • Giolli Joker

    #6 is pretty scary as well.
    #7 would be good on a lightweight UAV.

    • #7 is interesting, the user could carry way more of them. I’m curious if anyone has any more info on it?

      • 2wheels

        Not much to say about it, it’s simply high explosive/frag warhead. Off the top of my head, I don’t believe it has a rocket motor like the other warheads. The expelling charge that kicks it out of the launcher is all it has to get it downrange.

        You could carry more of them, but you wouldn’t have the armor penetration capabilities of the HEAT rounds.

        • Phil Hsueh

          But I’d imagine that it’s more useful for anti-personnel work than a standard HEAT round.

          • 2wheels

            Maybe, I honestly don’t know. But the HEAT will also be better at penetrating any barriers that enemy infantry are hiding behind, supposedly the one they used in the vid will go through about 5 feet of brick wall.

          • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

            Troops in the open, yes.
            Troops behind barriers, no.

          • Phil Hsueh

            I should have been more specific, I was thinking of troops in the open when I made the comment. I wonder though, are these frag rounds capable of air bust or do they have contact fuses on their warheads? If they can airbust then they could still be effective against troops under cover, depending on what kind of cover they have.

          • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

            I highly doubt it.

            Using a smart fuze demands a smart sight, with at the very least a rangefinder and a programming interface to the fuze.

            Given the very low cost of the RPG-7, I don’t see that happening – at least not with such a small rocket.

            I’d use it on a larger rocket though, like an RPG-29.

          • Phil Hsueh

            Couldn’t you (theoretically) do it mechanically with a timer built in to the fuse? Estimate the rang, turn the timer/range setter on the fuse, which then activates when it’s fired, then after X number of seconds of flight the fuse would then go off. Of course this relies on the shooter being reasonably skilled at guesstimating distances, but it could work (in theory). Whether it’s worth the cost and effort, I can’t say but it’s an idea.

          • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

            There are some studies showing that the main component of error in distance shots is exactly the poor range estimates.

            I am not an expert, but IIRC the rangefinding without any gizmos is no better than 10% of the range, and even AGL in tripods with laser rangefinders still have not passed the 10m radius treshold.

        • I’m curious as to it’s range, accuracy and payload, especially how it would stack up in comparison to a 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher.

        • wzrd1

          The first shot shows the expelling charge sending it downrange, then at a safe distance, the motor engages the second half of the way to the target.

  • Lance

    Still failed to stop a rocket but it still stands impressive glass.

  • Tiru Maru

    Where can I get one of those RPG-7 thingy’s…. : )

  • Martin M

    Still easily defeated by $100 worth of chain link fencing.

    • Giolli Joker

      Only if the fuse doesn’t hit it directly…

    • Дмитрий Богуславский

      wonna try one by yourself? =)

      • Martin M

        There’s still the issue of 5lbs (give or take) of flying projectile, but no boom.

        • Giolli Joker

          According to the manufacturer of an advanced (foldable aramidic fibre net) similar RPG protection system, those are called “statistical armours”.
          This because you get your chances of having effective protection (if the the fuse doesn’t it anything before the body of the grenade gets demolished by the net) but you could as well get toasted if the fuse hits dead-on the net: the warhead gets activated and the metal stream goes its way.
          Better than nothing, indeed, but I wouldn’t try.

  • Robert Davis

    The REAL FPS Russia!

    • Дмитрий Богуславский

      Yes, komrade…

  • USMC03Vet

    US has .22 Plinkster shooting playing cards and Russia has Dimitry shooting RPG.
    Time to step it up US gun video youtubers!

    • Nicholas Chen

      He did step up to a .500 S&W

      • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

        Vastly underpowered compared to RPG-7.

        • MR

          The local Dunham’s Sports was all out of rocket propelled grenades. They got 500 S&W, though, or 50 AE. 338 LM, 338 RUM, what ‘chu need? They draw the line at 50 BMG, though. I mean, how many boxes of that are you going to move? Let’s be practical.

          Oh, right, right, RPGs…should be in next Tuesday.

  • Jeff Heeszel

    Yeah, but can a spoon stop it?

    • M40

      Yes, but only if you remember… there is no spoon.

  • Tom Currie

    Hmmm…. Apparently either the B40 rocket has improved a LOT since the last time anyone fired one my way or they had some mighty cheap “bulletproof” glass. I’ve only seen that test performed once before and that time the glass was less than half that thick and the glass won. Of course, the glass was mounted on an M48A3.

    • Max Glazer

      Export round. USSR only stuff was much more potent.

  • mosinman

    it’s nice to see a Youtube video with a RPG-7 in it and a lack of “allah akabr” at the same time

    • mosinman

      on the flip side i’d be interested to see how many rounds a M134 would have to fire to chew through a stack of glass that thick

  • smartacus

    Which one was in the boat scene in Rambo 2?
    Which one was in the original Red Dawn?
    Which one was in James Bond Living Daylights?

  • Y-man

    In Soviet Russia, busts myth you!

  • jonspencer

    Wording should be, bullet resistant not bulletproof.

  • Fruitbat44

    Cool video. But to be fair it is “bullet-proof” glass and not “anti-tank weapon-proof” glass.

    • Zebra Dun

      Should test it with a slope or angle on the glass.

      • wzrd1

        It’d still penetrate. The defeat of spaced glass shows that it’s the tandem warhead model.

        I’ll give the Russians credit, they know how to make performance devices that are also a hell of a lot cheaper than our high tech devices.

        • Zebra Dun

          Prove it by angling the glass at an angle and shoot it.

          Angled objects present not just a slope for the HEAT warheads optimum 90 degree angle which at more and more tilt way from the 90 degree angle can cause disruption of the jet but add thickness to the depth that must be penetrated. Even if it is a tandem warhead.

          DISCLAIMER: I’m not an expert BUT I am a former Anti Tank RR and Rocket man and a certified welder.

          Tilt the glass at an angle less than 90 degrees and prove it.

          Also how about shooting at less than point blank range, get back 100 to 200 yards and do it again. let’s see if that warhead striking at 200 yards against a sloped to defeat HEAT angled glass can actually defeat that glass.

          Just to prove it.

          • wzrd1

            Well, I don’t have the equipment or bucks to foot the bill for a test as you describe, you are correct about increasing the thickness by the slope of the armor, but it comes down to money to pay someone to test it.
            My opinion is that it wouldn’t help, due to the amount of secondary penetration and the far spaced sheets penetrated beyond the initial (damaged) glass. But, opinions and buttholes share one thing in common, everyone has at least two.

            Maybe we can commission a similar test, conducted with the sloping glass with the testers who made this video. TFB, want to reach out and get donations to conduct the suggested test?

  • Monkeyshine

    “This proves why tanks don’t have big windows” …..Good point comrade and probably why submarines don’t have screen doors too? Now we go drink?, Da we go drink!

  • Renato H. M. de Oliveira

    #4 is the top single warhead HEAT model. The basic one was the #1, #2 and #3 better but not up to #4’s might.

    One can only imagine how much more devastating #5 would be.

  • Zebra Dun

    O. K. time for a video made to show what will and what will not an RPG penetrate and or destroy.
    Who has the Launcher and the rockets?

  • scaatylobo

    Worked on an “armored car / truck” for 2 & 1/2 years.
    We all knew that stuff would NOT stop any rifle bullet.
    So this was a waste of time.

    • wzrd1

      There is armored glass that stops rifle rounds. Stopping a tandem warhead RPG is something entirely different. For rifles, friction and deflection stops a round.
      For an RPG, one is dealing with an ionized copper jet, one has to try to permit the jet to lose focus and that model warhead was designed to defeat slat/spaced armor.
      Slanting the glass at 30 – 45 degrees would increase the apparent thickness, but the tandem warhead would still penetrate the glass.
      For such devices, a layered ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ multiple layered armor would be more effective, to absorb and redirect the energy being delivered into a very small area.

  • Jim

    A simply metal cage to make the RPG rounds go off and change the stand off distance is needed like used from WWII on.

  • Secundius

    They might have had different results, if they have used AlON (Aluminium Oxynitride) or Transparent Aluminium. A Ceramic/Aluminium Alloy Composite Armor, 38.1mm (1.5-inches) will stop a 12.7x99mm/BMG round…