January 18, 2013 by jervin2012
Recently, we posted the test results of a concrete block shoot to Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih3nw4qVa1I This is one of the most fun targets to shoot, as you don’t have to worry as much about temperature changes like you do have to with gelatin blocks.
It didn’t take long for the emails and comments to start coming in, asking “what are you trying to prove by shooting one block?” The person who asks this is usually the person who would prefer an actual house to be shot, because they are all about realism. This same type of person never appears on the list of donors who support our testing, interestingly enough. So, we executed a suitably-designed test to evaluate the penetration capability of a single shot for any of the tested weapons. It would behoove anyone who thinks they are ready for combat to review FM 3-06.11, Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain. This fantastic FM addresses the challenges of close quarters battle in a city or dwelling unlike anything else we are aware of. Reviewing Chapter 7 reveals the incredible difficulty in penetrating a CMU wall with small arms ammunition, requiring well over the amount of ammunition commonly carried to make a hole big enough to walk through. Shooting smiley-faces in a wall, with the light coming through from behind only happens in the movies.
There is a tactical point here, as well as a technical point to this test. Tactically speaking – there are common weapon systems that can shoot through such walls. You must be mentally and physically prepared to MOVE while you are shooting, reloading or doing anything else. You must have your ‘next stop’ in your mind before you start to move from your current position. The “Alamo/Bullet Sponge” tactic has a very short lifespan during a real world confrontation.