Category: Ammo

DARPA EXACTO Test Reveals Self-Guided .50-cal Rounds

So here it is: DARPA’s (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) unlisted YouTube video of the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program‘s first successful live-fire tests demonstration of in-flight guidance for .50-caliber bullets. “This video shows EXACTO rounds maneuvering in flight to hit targets that are offset from where the sniper rifle is initially aimed. EXACTO’s specially designed ammunition and real-time optical guidance system help track and direct projectiles to their targets by compensating for weather, wind, target movement and other factors that could impede successful aim.” TrackingPoint that! What are the odds Uncle Sam will ban the round for civilian use? [h/t you know who you are]

Warwick, RI Police Ditch .9mm for .40 Ammo

Warwick police target, magnification unknown (courtesy

“The Warwick Police Department issues every officer a SIG P229 – a semi-automatic pistol distributed Sig Sauer,” reports. “However, an officer may use a weapon of his own choosing as long as it is in .40 calibers. Some officers choose to carry Glocks. Previously, officers could carry anything they wanted but when it came time for Mathiesen to order the ammo, it could get confusing. ‘I had to literally figure out what you carry if you carried a .9 mm or if you carried a .40 mm,’ [Inspector Chris ] Mathiesen said. ‘I had to balance all the info and it was a nightmare.’” Not to mention the nightmare of loading all those rounds and sweeping up afterwards.

Question of the Day: Got Ammo?

Winchester .22 (courtesy

I’m seeing plenty o’ ammo availability here in Austin, save the eternally elusive .22LR. Got ammo? Before you answer, a new market report – Ammunition (Defense, Homeland Security and Others) Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2013 – 2019 – pegs the market for ammunition globally at $10b by 2019. Transparency Market Research’s press release reckons, “Recently, rising conflicts in several nations due to territorial disputes and growing crime rates across the globe are supporting the growth of ammunition market.” Nothing new there, then. But enough about the globe, now about you: are you stocked-up?

New Bullets Mean Certain Death! Or Not

“If one Georgia company is successful, accidental shootings that injure people may become a thing of the past,” Jesse Berney opines at “That’s because if people start using their bullets, pretty much every person who gets shot will die.” Wow! That’s pretty much incredible! No wait, it’s totally incredible (for a handgun caliber bullet). So what’s the wonder round in question? “G2 Research’s “Radically Invasive Projectile” (RIP, get it? — because shooting people to death is hilarious) is a copper bullet that explodes when it hits a target (i.e., a human being) sending pieces screaming through vital organs and clearing a path for the bullet’s core to travel deeper through a person.” Oh please. In fact (inconvenient things that they are) . . .

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ShootingTheBull410 Tests Buckshot from a Taurus Judge

And now for something completely different. In this video, I’m deviating from the clinical testing of bullet performance to try something unusual — let’s see what happens to a gel block if you blast the living hell out of it with a handheld shotgun revolver? Accordingly, I’m putting two types of buckshot to the test — Federal .410 Handgun 5-pellet 000 buckshot, and Federal .410 Handgun 9-pellet 4 buck . . .

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Army Howitzers to Fire $70k Rounds

“In a test firing last year, several Excalibur rounds fired at a distance of 30 miles landed within one meter of their targets, on average,” reports. “It achieves this extraordinary range by gliding on wings at the apex of its firing arc, while the extraordinary accuracy comes via GPS guidance.” How great is that? Don’t answer! Because each 155-millimeter Excalibur howitzer round cost $70k. USA Today dutifully repeats maker Raytheon’s William Tell anecdote (“nine times out of 10, it’ll nail the younger Tell somewhere between socks and eyebrows”) and the argument that the price is actually a bargain . . .

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ShootingTheBull410 on 5.56 Ball Ammo: Federal 55gr M193

By ShootingTheBull410

When thinking about using an AR-15 for home defense, I’ve conducted a few tests of ammo made specifically for self-defense purposes; rounds like the Winchester PDX1 proved to be a phenomenal performer, and it did something that military ammo isn’t allowed to do — it incorporates an expanding hollowpoint into its design. The Hague Convention prevents the use of expanding bullets, so a design like PDX1 can’t be used by the military. So what can military ammo do?

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