There’s a lot that can be learned by shooting different rounds at various targets, barriers, armors, etc, but the knowledge that can be gleaned from these sorts of tests is limited without the aid of very high speed recordings, which allow us to actually see what is happening when a projectile strikes a target. In recognition of this fact, YouTuber William of The Wound Channel has partnered with Aimed Research, a company specializing in very high speed footage for ballistic research. This gives TWC access to extremely capable Phantom high speed cameras, allowing him to capture high velocity 5.56mm bullets hitting armor plates in slow motion, like in the videos embedded below:
TWC was one of the first civilian outlets to test the much-talked about but rarely-seen M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round, which is replacing M855 in service with the U.S. Army. The channel regularly releases high quality gelatin and armor test videos of various viewer-requested ammunition, as well as accompanying chronograph data. With the addition of high speed footage from a Phantom camera, The Wound Channel will be releasing more excellent slow motion footage of different ballistic tests, William told TFB. According to him, These two videos are just a first taste of what’s to come.