Skip to comments.WWII Exploding Bullets
Posted on 08/13/2020 9:00:36 AM PDT by w1n1
What's feared more than a Sniper Lurking in the Darkness?
A sniper that shoots an exploding bullet, sounds far fetched out of a James Bond movie. Exploding rounds have been around since World War II. The Germans made an 8mm rifle ammunition which exploded upon impact.
Which originally was design to help zero machine guns on an aircraft or as a replacement to tracer rounds out of a belt-fed so that you are making a bi-directional identifier from where youre firing from.
Though the round was banned by the Hague Convention this didnt stop the usage of it. During World War II both Russia and Germany were firing exploding bullets from sniper rifles. These vicious projectiles were used horrifically on human targets during the war on the eastern front.
Historians also stated that the Germans (B-Patrone rounds) were the first to authorize (order from Hitler) its snipers to use only on Russian on the eastern front. The Russians of course caught on and retaliate with its own exploding rounds (PZ rounds). Before you know it, this round became available to other troops other than the snipers. Both sides claiming the other were using it illegally first.
These exploding rounds were also used for sabotage operations which were left behind for enemy forces, generally insurgents, to find and use. It was designed to explode and destroy the weapon it is used in and perhaps injure or kill the person attempting to fire the weapon. Some exploding rounds were used to sight in guns and used in small arms exploding ammunition can include rocket-propelled grenades or mortar shells. Read and see these exploding bullets in action.
Why did you run this through a Chinese translation program and then back into English?
Looks like the way to go to me...
One of the recent sniper documentaries had a segment on a .50 caliber round with a band of RDX set in a groove around the round.
The example recreated was hitting a concrete wall with one round. The small explosion created a larger spalling that took out a “sheltering” 3-man machine gun squad in Iraq or Afghanistan.
I wouldnt shoot a round with RDX around it!
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