Category: Ammunition

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Paper Beats Rock & Scissors

A couple of years ago I blogged about Tacome1942 and his amazing paper guns. He has not stopped making 1:1 replica paper guns and his newer creations can fire real cartridges. He loads cartridges with homemade primers and uses powered matchstick heads as gunpowder. His [Read More…]

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Belgian Percussion Eprouvette

This contraption is a Belgian Percussion Eprouvette. Back in the days when blackpowder was of dubious quality, devices like these were used to test the potency of the powder at hand. The barrel plug is attached to a V shaped spring. When fired the spring compresses [Read More…]

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Prototype RusEngin Bullet

A Russian inventor emailed me photos of his patent-pending bullet design. These bullets are loaded in 12.7×108mm cases. The inventor did not explain to me how this design is beneficial but according to a study done by the US Military in the 1950s (PDF Link), the center [Read More…]

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Empty Brass Art

AR-15.com reports … The shading was done by pouring gunpowder on the brass and lighting it up, with the darker areas being flashed subsequent times. The art is incredibly well done and the idea is pretty cool, but $40K cool? A bit about the artist who live is [Read More…]

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Gunsmithing in Pakistan

A reader was sent this collection of photos said to be of Pakistani gunsmiths and gun dealers. The photos appear to be from different sources and a few look like frames taken from videos. While I would not want to fire these guns, the results they achieve in poorly lit [Read More…]

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Ammunition Packaging Idea

The cover album of Life Cycles from metalcore band The World Alive shows a medicine tablet bottle containing a small-caliber handgun rounds. I think an oversized faux medicine bottle, or even a tablet box with rounds packaged in aluminum foil blister packs, would make [Read More…]

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Strange Case Failure

Has anyone see case failures where the entire case was significantly elongated? (UPDATE: Commenters have pointed out that these are normal-sized cartridges jammed into separated case heads that remained in the front of the chamber when the new round was being chambered) [Read More…]

Muzzleloader KABOOM

Muzzleloading is by definition reloading. Because modern muzzleloaders are so simple to use, I suspect that many muzzleloader users treat them as regular guns without taking the same precautions as veteran reloaders. This page has extensive safety tips and advice for [Read More…]

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M1 Garand Kaboom!

A kid saved up to buy a Garand, was warned by the gun shop employee to only to shoot M2 Ball, but then went to go buy cheap reloaded ammunition from a gun show. The ammunition he used caused a kaboom. The kid was fortunately unhurt.

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Hornady . 500 S&W Recall

Hornady are recalling some lots of their .500 S&W 300 grain FTX Custom ammunition. Hornady® Manufacturing announced the recall of seven lots of 500 S&W 300 gr. FTX® Custom™ pistol ammunition. Hornady ballisticians have determined that some cartridges from [Read More…]

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The First Self Guided Bullet

Sandia National Laboratories have invented a small caliber self guided bullet. The bullet contains an optical sensor, CPU, battery and electromagnetic actuated fins. It is able to track laser designated targets out to 2,000 meters. The CPU tracks laser designed targets [Read More…]

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WTF: Less Lethal .50 BMG

Less Lethal Africa, a South African company, had their less lethal .50 BMG rounds on display at SHOT. While these rubber bullet loaded cartridges are not powerful enough cycle a rifle or machine gun action, I do wonder what the effect of a large pointed piece of polymer [Read More…]