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Jim Brady Shoot/"Exploding bullets"

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by XLMiguel, Feb 29, 2004.

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  1. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Member

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    As we get into the whole issue of ammo testing/cop killer bullets, etc, the issue of what was Jim Brady shot with. I can't remember any such thing as 'exploding' .22 bullets. IIRC, it was something called the "Devastator', a pre-fragmented bullet, not an 'exploding' round, can someone fill in the blanks. Need to get my facts straight when dealing with the practicing hysterics around here. TIA
     
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    Allow me to repeat some of what I said in another thread.

    Yes yhey were called "Devastators" and they were made by the same company that made the center-fire ammunition called "Exploders".

    In the late 1970s, early 1980s I was a distributor of them.

    They in fact did explode. If you fired them at a steel silhouette you could hear them go Bang-twang! and see the "stain" from the impact. It contained a charge that was barely enough to fragment the bullet.

    They looked like a standard hollow point except they had been drilled deeper and there was something silver implanted down in the cavity.

    I did quite a bit of testing on the .22 rounds. In some mediums they were awsome and on others they were not. They were spectacular when fired through empty soda cans. Which, I believe, were mild steel at the time.
     
  3. XLMiguel

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    I stand corrected, thanks.
     
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    There was a lot of press space at the time devoted to the "terrible" exploding bullet. One point usually overlooked is that had the gun been loaded with standard .22LR, Mr. Brady would be dead. His life was actually saved by that exploding bullet.

    Jim
     
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    Of course, in the movie The Day Reagan was Shot, the bullet that hit Reagan was portrayed as the equivalent of an unexploded mortar round.
     
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    The filler in these "Devastators" was lead azide, a fairly sensitive priming compound, but ignition is spotty on all but the hardest surfaces.
     
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    Yes, the surgical reports (informal quotes from the MDs, not the clinical patient notes) indicated that penetration into skulls was seriously compromised with .22 LR Devastators.
    No, they were just thicker aluminum then. Steel beverage cans were rare, and the pop-off poptops were already gone.

    I know because I liked to put firecrackers under cans then. Still do. Big firecrackers require steel soup cans for maximum altitude.;)
     
  8. E=MC^2

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    This thread interested me. I did some research.

    Not the actual gun used, but same.
    [​IMG]

     
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    Grump i was wondering after I posted that. The cans I used back then had no seam like the old steel cans but still hade the crimped on tops and bottoms.

    I'd stand two cans together 3 fingers apart and shoot them from 20-25 feet with a 6½" Super Single Six. I'd then hot glue them to 2 parallel rulers and carry them to gun shows for a demo.

    If I was ever attacked by a twelve-pack of mutant-zombie-ninja-sodacans they'd be my first choice. :evil:


    Hot Kentucky summer day + Big K grape soda + Devistator = PURPLE EVERYWHERE !
     
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    Would that be any corporate relative of "Squires Bingham?" I remember a whole line of inexpensive Filipino .22s imported by that company.
     
  11. BluesBear

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    Bingham Ltd was a different company.
     
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    E=MC62,

    How about a link to that website with the info on the Reagan shooting?

    Thanks

    Rob
     
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    Devastor didnt work because

    The short barrel on the revolver did not allow the bullet to attain the fps it needed to blow up, it was basically just a HP.
     
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