5.56mm Damage

Fragments of M193 bullet and broken fibula

I’ve seen a lot of talk about the ‘limited’ damage capabilities of the 5.56mm round, when compared to ‘real’ rounds like the .308 or 7.62 and the like.  I always dismissed the claims, and now I have seen proof.  Here are some graphic images (if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, or just don’t want to ruin your appetite, don’t look at them) of a 5.56mm round fired from a police officer’s M-16.  Shooter was across the street from the target.  The bone was not hit by the bullet, but rather broken due to the hydrostatic pressure.

I also hear claims of not being a man unless you’re carrying a .45ACP, but lots of people have been killed with .22lr bullets.  I know that I wouldn’t want to be shot with a ‘whimpy’ .22lr.  No handgun round is going to knock down an assailant.  It’s shot placement that matters.

2 thoughts on “5.56mm Damage

  1. Yep, I just had an argument yesterday about that comparing a larger round assault rifle with a AR-15 .223, you’ll be just as dead. I can say though that I carry a 45 over a 9mm when it comes to handgun.

  2. I beleive that 5.56 is just as good as a .338 lupa or 7.62! 2 in the chest 1 in the head you aint geting up!!! I love my 5.56ar!

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