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Old November 16, 2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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.223 through common household structures

http://looserounds.com/2012/11/15/wh...lets-find-out/

The author of this blog had an abandoned home complete with left behind furniture, appliances, food in the refigerator, etc. Like any good gun nut, he used the opportunity to test which of these items were cover and which were concealment when fired at with: M193, M855, Hornady 75gr TAP, and Hornady 75gr Training.

In addition to just being interesting, a lot of people will probably find it informative.
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Old November 16, 2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Old November 16, 2012, 01:21 PM   #3
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I find it informative . It shows How limited the 5.56 round really is . Unless it's green tip don't plan on it going through anything and if it makes it through it will be much les effective . Time to stock up on the green tip stuff

I would have loved it if he would have used some other HD guns - shotgun , 9mm , 45acp etc as well as some bigger rifle rounds While he had the chance . That would have been cool
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Old November 16, 2012, 03:54 PM   #4
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I find it amazing that people consider using a rifle for home defense. Why not a trusty shot gun? They are far cheaper than a AR and less aiming when in low light.
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Old November 16, 2012, 04:13 PM   #5
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Isn't it funny how we think? Usually the 5.56/.223 threads are about worry of overpenetration, (Propane tanks, bedroom walls etc.) now is the opposite. I generally keep mine loaded with 50 grain HP's specifically to keep penetration down plus its a platform my wife is very familiar with. Me not so much but am learning.
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Old November 16, 2012, 04:30 PM   #6
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Most of my buddies keep their refrigerators full of beer so I doubt they would use one as a shield and sacrifice all the brewski!
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Old November 16, 2012, 04:35 PM   #7
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Yes. I was a bit surprised how close a refridgerator came to stopping a penetrator round.

Does Frigidair make body armor?
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Old November 16, 2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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Hellow gentleman

I am the same "shawn" that wrote the article and did the testing roberts linked too


I am going to be doing more this weekend. 5.45, 6.8 double aught and pistol stuff


to the guy talking abouta shotgun. Number 4 buck over penetrated worse then what you saw. I am saving that for part 2. I dont suppose I need to comment about shooting anything in low light. shotgun or otherwise. thats why we use weapon mounted lights.. A well known trainer recently shot his own student in a shoot house because he didnt not have a light on the gun when shooting in the dark and could not do target ID.. among many other safety violations,.


To anyone who thinks HP in a light weight will keep penetration down, you are mistaken. IF anything, stick to a ballistic tip. with a very high velocity.,to get the jacket to frag and come apart ASAP when it hits anything. HPs SP, ball, and OTM will loose the jacket and just keep going. Keep checking the website to see the next few parts of the testing. I will be shooting through glass. more walls. drawers, and some brick to see what happens. Thanks for reading the website and thanks for sharing it on this forum

if you have any questions or requests to see me test something email me at

shawn@looserounds.com
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Old November 16, 2012, 11:04 PM   #9
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I am going to be doing more this weekend. 5.45, 6.8 double aught and pistol stuff
By any chance you live in southern California ? I want to go with you this sounds fun I'll bring some guns and ammo for them .
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Old November 16, 2012, 11:50 PM   #10
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While you may have something there with the low light, I did not say any thing about shot size.

If you live with any one or in a neighbor hood then you really need to think about what you plan on discharging in your house during a home invasion. When your adrenalin is up and you are frightened it is easy to make mistakes. I would not want to find out what its like to live with the fact that you shot and injured or killed an innocent person.
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Old November 17, 2012, 07:10 AM   #11
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Shawn, a little confused. Are you saying that a lightweight thin jacketed varmit bullet (NOT a match bullet) that is designed to come apart is going to hold together?
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Old November 17, 2012, 08:44 AM   #12
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Great job, Shawn.
Here is an interesting link from Federal
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Old November 17, 2012, 10:38 AM   #13
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Panfisher, Im saying it does come apart., the jacket will peel off and it frags. But the biggest part of the core still will travel on for some ways through typical household material. Im not sure if it is because the harder wood, boards etc, deform the HP and will not allow it to rupture correctly like soft flesh and meat will or because it key hols faster not giving the open cavity really anything to work against. I just dont know why, But I have seen that a varmint and matchking HPs cores still go through through more the inside walls.

the ballistic tips frag very, very fast. and just a few pieces of tiny fragmentation will make it through the obstacle. I would not want to get hit with that either. but it does not seem to be enough to put kills you. Anything can happen of course, but it in some cases would not go all the way through the cardboard target
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Old November 17, 2012, 12:21 PM   #14
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Interesting, I've fired many many ballistic tips into everything from antelope to deer to coyotes and prairie dogs and I love them, just a little expensive as my ArR seems to always be hungy for more ammo. I reloaded some 50 grain Dogtown HP's for the door hanging duty hmm always something new to think about.
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Old November 17, 2012, 04:01 PM   #15
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Why not a trusty shot gun? They are far cheaper than a AR and less aiming when in low light.
I’m not so sure about the “less aiming” part. At home defense ranges of 10 to 15 feet, shotgun patterns spread to 1 inch, 2 at the most? It’s very possible to miss with a shotgun with that small of a pattern.
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Old November 17, 2012, 06:54 PM   #16
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I wouldn't be worried about using 223 for home defense after seeing these results.

If your plan involves shooting someone hiding behind your fridge our suppressing the intruder until they hide behind your couch and shoot them though it, then you should probably stop getting your tactics from Call of Duty.
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Old November 17, 2012, 09:25 PM   #17
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I think people want to know about this not because they are going to get into another TET offensive, but because what may happen with s shoot through



I did more testing today with handgun ammo and other calibers, but my Dad had heart problems and I was at the ER most of this evening. I will try to get it up for all to see tomorrow. no promises
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Old November 17, 2012, 09:55 PM   #18
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Years ago we, Police Officers, shot all kinds of things from car motors and doors to stoves to refrigerators, street signs to RR ties. We used shotguns, .357, .44 mag and .45 Auto. As a general rule the older the appliance the better it stops any round. Those little squat refrigerators with the rounded corners are tough to get through. Likewise those old pre-50 cars and trucks are like light tanks. A 5 gallon jug of water appears to stop nearly anything, at least the kinda gun you'd face in a gunfight.
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Old November 17, 2012, 10:09 PM   #19
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Shawn, hope to see the info, but hope even more your dad is OK, worry about family first, we will all still be here later.
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Old November 18, 2012, 05:03 AM   #20
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My comment wasnt aimed at you shawn, the testing is very insightful. It was aimed at anyone who would be put off 223 for HD after seeing it not penetrating a fridge or book case.
Did you do any testing on whether it penetrated the interior or exterior walls of the house?
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Old November 18, 2012, 06:23 PM   #21
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I find it amazing that people consider using a rifle for home defense. Why not a trusty shot gun? They are far cheaper than a AR and less aiming when in low light
An AR-15 is a far superior home-defense weapon than a shotgun in my opinion. A shotgun's recoil can be difficult for some people, especially smaller, newer shooters, whereas the AR-15 has barely more recoil than a .22. Also, most AR-15s are shorter than most shotguns and much easier to use one-handed. Pump shotguns can be cumbersome and require two hands, and semi-autos aren't nearly as reliable as an AR-15; and unless the shooter is extremely consistant, even a pump is less reliable than an AR. And I can put 2 or 3 rounds center mass as fast as I can hit just once with a shotgun, making the AR far more devastating in the same amount of time. And contrary to popular belief, you do need to aim with a shotgun; at home defense ranges the blast is only going to spread a few inches. Also, an AR is going to have a much higher magazine capacity and will be much faster to reload. In addition, light plastic-tipped .223 varmint rounds will punch through soft body armor but will penetrate far less through walls than buckshot, meaning you're less likely to kill your neighbors or family members in another room.

There's nothing wrong with using a shotgun for home defense, but I think an AR-15 is easier to use, more effective (especially against multiple attackers and people wearing body armor), and also safer for innocent bystanders because of less penetration through walls. The only real disadvantage is cost.
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Old November 18, 2012, 06:56 PM   #22
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Thanks for the well wishes fellows. I appreciate it.


I got the pictures uploaded and am going to start writing it as soon as I finish this post. Good news is I am getting a GoPro camera and I intend to do this stuff again on video so everyone can watch it and see it as it happens. SO check the site later tonight, I used a 545 some ballistic tipped 556 , a x39 and some 45 acp. I think some people are going to be surprised as I was over a few things that happened during the "testing"
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Old November 18, 2012, 08:02 PM   #23
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Here is a link to make it easier for you guys


http://looserounds.com/2012/11/18/wh...e-home-part-2/
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Old November 18, 2012, 09:51 PM   #24
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Interesting info, I think I will keep my HD load in my AR, as it doesn't seem that any of them performed markedly better. The rifle seems to like it and so do I. As for the rifle vs. shotgun arguments, whatever you like and can use with skill. I know what I can do with a rifle, and my wife is oh-so-familiar with the AR (as long as she doesn't look for the 3rnd burst!).
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Old November 18, 2012, 10:09 PM   #25
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Thanks Shawn. Best wished for your Dad.
We used to use Sears Catalogs (uber thin pages) for 30-06 backstops, seemed like 250 pages was about the max any rounds would go through. Books with thicker pages didn't seem to provide as much stopping power.

Would love to see same testing with a .338 or .50BMG. My guess is there is little good cover in a home for either of these two rounds. We lived in S. Korea near a famous cemetery battleground. Amazing what a .50 will do to a 5-6" thick piece of granite...

Again thanks for the link, and tell Dad all of TFL is routing for him.
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