Written by: Greg Ellifritz. The data is useful. The best way to reduce overpenetration is to hit what you are shooting at. You should buy your bullets based on how quickly they stop the bad guys instead of picking a load that penetrates fewer walls if you miss. Every good defensive load will penetrate a few sheets of drywall and some pine boards. The weakest load in this test still penetrated five sheets of drywall.
VOR-TX Hunting Handgun - Barnes Bullets
All 45 ACP loads made a small hole that became progressively larger with penetration. What we were looking for was limited penetration in. An important consideration in home defense is the prospect of the penetration of a wall by an errant projectile. Only when an object or projectile strikes vital neural pathways brain, spine, some nerve groups or major blood pipelines heart, lungs, some arteries and veins that cause rapid blood loss will the pressurized system of the human body shut down. The primary responsibility of the home defender is to strike the target. Also, besides being responsible for every round we shoot, one of the raters in this test pointed out that the defensive shooter may also like to know what he can expect of materials that might hide or protect him if he or a loved on is under fire from an intruder. The 38 Glaser Safety Slug lived up to its name.
Handgun Bullets: How Do They Penetrate in Home Materials?
It all started in April with a silver bullet. Well, not a bullet made from silver, but with a Winchester Silvertip. That 9mm Silvertip bullet penetrated the bicep muscle of the arm, exited, entered the chest and drove into the lower lobe of the lung.
Handgun effectiveness is a measure of the stopping power of a handgun : its ability to incapacitate a hostile target as quickly and efficiently as possible. Most handgun projectiles have significantly lower energy than centerfire rifles. What they lack in power, they make up for it in light weight, small size, concealability and practicality. Factors that can influence handgun effectiveness include handgun design, bullet types and bullet capabilities e. Most handgun projectiles wound primarily through the size of the hole they produce.