Ballistic gelatin test results : .45ACP CCI Rat Shot


Brass Fetcher
December 21, 2008, 03:19 PM
Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing

Test # .45ACP Rat Shot 1
Bare gelatin. (Nominal 10% concentration)

Cartridge : .45ACP CCI Shotshell (1/3 oz. #9 lead shot)

Block Calibration :

Primary block : 3.4 0.05 inch penetration @ 590 0.5 ft/sec

Block Calibration temperature :

Primary block : 39.9 0.05 Degrees Fahrenheit

Block Core temperature :

Primary block : 40.3 0.05 Degrees Fahrenheit

Bullet Performance:

Impact Velocity : Not recorded
Deepest Penetration Depth : 4.3 0.05 Inch
Maximum Crack Diameter : 2.8 0.05 Inch
Max Crack Diameter Location : 0.6 0.05 Inch
Cavitation Depth : 0.0-3.2 0.05 Inch

Weapon Glock 36, with 3.8 barrel length
Distance 2.0 feet, muzzle to gelatin impact face
Test site conditions - 66 deg F, 50% relative humidity
Time out of refrigeration prior to shot impact - 5 minutes

Birdshot average recovered diameter : 0.065
Birdshot average recovered weight : 0.6gr

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December 22, 2008, 12:21 PM

December 22, 2008, 12:50 PM
Thankyou for taking the time to conduct these studies.

December 22, 2008, 04:57 PM
That is a cool looking gel profile. Looks like bad news for small pests.

Brass Fetcher
December 23, 2008, 01:00 AM
You're welcome. Thank you for thanking me.

December 23, 2008, 11:02 AM
If you used a mag in the Glock, did the tested load cycle the slide and chamber the next round?



Brass Fetcher
December 23, 2008, 05:40 PM
I did have the magazine in the weapon and the slide locked back. Recoil was actually comparable to a FMJ.

Best regards,

December 24, 2008, 02:43 AM
That is pretty cool. Makes me wish I had some of those loads, and a bad rat problem:)

December 24, 2008, 10:24 AM
good snake medicine

December 26, 2008, 11:46 PM
Hey what is that circle thing?
I put a blue ring(kinda hard to see) around it and obviously the arrow.

December 27, 2008, 11:44 AM
A load of that to the face would probably get your attention, eh? :what:?

December 27, 2008, 12:40 PM
That circle is part of the shot-cup or the wadding for the shot, best as I can tell.

December 27, 2008, 02:11 PM
whoever did these tests was definately going about it in a professional manner. in one of the pictures you can see the BB used in the calibration. nice post by the way. next you should try those one .45 frangible loads with the bird shot core... MAGSAFE i belive makes them. those would make for some nice pictures as well

Brass Fetcher
December 27, 2008, 04:35 PM
Thank you for the nice comments. We try to be as professional as possible doing these tests, as we are usually getting paid by somebody to do them... :)

mgregg85 - That is the wadding. I can post additional pictures of the wadding, if there is an interest.

mgkdrgn - It's hard to deny that one of these shots to the face would probably put someone out of the fight.

icebones - Magsafe would be interesting to test as well.

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