Stacked Cans

Field Review: .50 Caliber Ammo Cans

M2A1 ammo cans, like the Military ZAA-095 cans we sell for $14.97, are used extensively by the military to transport ammunition to the troops. Because I shoot a lot of different guns during the same range trip, I use them to “can” my ammo choices by cartridge and mark what’s in which container. When I’m ready to switch firearms, the ammo lots for the next round of guns are already separated, inside and out.

7.62x51 Ready For Launch

Cartridge of the Week: The .308 Winchester, 7.62×51 NATO, 7.62x51mm

If you hear the shot, it was not meant for you. If you run, you will only die tired. Reach out and touch someone. Ah sniper talk, guys from the high ground, I love it. Without this cartridge, the sniper story would be greatly diminished. From 1952, its design year, then 1954, when the U.S. military chose it as the rifle cartridge for their forces and up to the present it has been the cornerstone cartridge for the long-range warrior. That cartridge is the 7.62x51mm NATO or the civilian .308 Winchester.

7.62x39 with its Weapon of Choice

Cartridge of the Week, the 7.62×39, 7.62 Russian Medium, M43 Soviet

No other cartridge has changed the face of the planet like the 7.62×39. It protected communist ideals and was the bane of freedom for nearly 70 years. The weapons that utilize this round have mostly stood for tyranny at its worst. This Russian medium cartridge is a merciless foe, which soldiers, peasants, and children carry in their weapons. Whether utilized in the Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova of 1945 (SKS) or the Avtomat Kalashnikova of 1947 (AK-47), and variants, it has helped change the face of warfare.

20ga rifled slug fired into gelatin

Smoothbore Surprises

Conventional wisdom of defensive shotgunning says that larger projectiles penetrate more. So loading birdshot guarantees absence of overpentration, while slugs will sail through the foe and possibly hit bystanders. But shotguns are sometimes unpredictable, and this theory only holds “all other things being equal” which they seldom do.

9mm Parabellum (left) - .45 ACP (right)

Cartridge of the Week, the 9mm Parabellum, 9mm Luger, 9x19mm, 9mm NATO

People love to discuss the age of and continued popularity of the .45 ACP, thought to be the granddad of cartridges and still widely used. However, the .45 ACP does not hold the only reservation in age and popularity. Enter the 9mm Parabellum. Conceived in 1902 and pushed into service in 1904 for the German Navy, this cartridge predates the venerable .45 ACP by over three years.

Bullet Impacting Brass Rod

Terminal Ballistics

This is the third part of our study on ballistics. First, we looked at interior ballistics which is what happens when the shooter fires and the bullet is still in the gun. After that, we briefly examined exterior ballistics, which is what happens once the bullet leaves the muzzle of the gun and the forces that act on it as it travels to the target. Now we will look at terminal ballistics. This is what happens once the bullet arrives at the intended destination.