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07/12/2005 Archived Entry: "Shooting building materials"

BLOGISPONDENT IAN HERE AGAIN. A while back I did some testing on how well concrete-filled cinder blocks resisted bullets (part 1, part 2). Well, one of the TCF forum members went out and did some similar test of his own and sent me the results. He used pine (standard house lumber) 4x4 boards as test subjects.

His results? Both pistol calibers he had on hand, 9mm and .357 Magnum, went clean through a 4x4. To test his 7.62x39mm rifle, he used two 4x4s laid together, simulating a 4x8 beam. The 7.62x39 had no trouble blowing through it.

Looks like a wood-framed home probably won't give you much of anything in the way of ballistic protection, especially against rifle rounds.

Posted by Ian @ 06:41 PM CST

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