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See how AR-15 style guns create ‘explosions inside the body’ ctm magazine

Researchers at Wayne State University use gelatin to demonstrate how AR-15 styles weapons create an “explosion inside the body” compared to handguns. CNN’s Josh Campbell reports.
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  • hey you on June 9, 2022

    In Israel you can't even get an airsoft gun or enter a gun range without working in law enforcement or army after multiple thorough background checks and strict conditions for licensing of home owning guns.

  • kwgm on June 9, 2022

    Why must we relearn these gruesome facts every time we have a mass murderer perpetrated by AR-15? We've seen the effect on jelly models, we've known the speed of these rounds. We also know that these semi-automatics can be converted to automatic weapons with some simple mechanical skills and a kit available online.

    Americans aren't stupid. Politicians take money from NRA and other manufacturers lobbying groups. Republican politicians. They claim that people own them for protection. Is that correct?

    How many Americans have defended their homes with an AR-15?

    How many children have been killed with the AR-15?

    It's that easy to figure out.

  • Andrew McPhee on June 9, 2022

    When is the USA going to wake up and ban high powered rifles like the AR-15? Or is it okay for children to be massacred to preserve the Second Amendment and the NRA?
    No amount of prayers will make a difference – DO SOMETHING about this problem instead of sacrificing children to the gun lobby and cowardly politicians.

  • Terence Cee. on June 9, 2022

    Lets get to reality here about what that 2nd amendment was intended for. There are no muskets used today only rifles meant to shred a human being into pieces! Enough with the bs rhetoric about how the gov't is gonna take away our guns. A gun is a gun just like a pistol not an AR-15 that shouldn't be in the general public!!

  • Patrick Belanger on June 9, 2022

    Anybody who think that AR-15 should be possessed by general public should have a huge mental check and please don't start me with the second amendment we don't want to remove your precious guns we just want to remove the most lethal one thank god I am from Canada by the way I am waiting for the hate bring it on I am a big boy much love from Montreal Canada

  • bobby on June 9, 2022

    Everyone who has a felony and can’t own firearms anyway, should all come together to make their voices heard to get guns banned, no loss for them and will save lives.

  • Grayson's Opinion on June 9, 2022


  • Fried 153 on June 9, 2022

    HAHAHAHAHAHAA. Omg you people are clueless

  • steven sparks on June 9, 2022

    If you want to get graphic and show firearm wounds, let's show what a partial birth abortion, where the baby is ripped limb from limb during delivery.
    I thought 18 and 19 year olds were adults? You just want to call them kids so you can then get the results you want.

  • Dinah Yasharahla on June 9, 2022


  • Kernelpickle on June 9, 2022

    THIS is the type of coverage I haven't seen that has been needed to address the issues with AR-15's. Everyone hears semi-AUTOMATIC and all they hear is automatic weapon, and they think it has everything to do with how fast it fires bullets. First off with the exception of bolt-action or pump action weapons, basically every modern weapon available is semi-automatic–which includes revolvers. That word semi is the difference between it just being a regular gun that fires a bullet every time you pull the trigger and fully automatic, which is what people who don't know anything about guns call "machine guns."

    The only confusing part of this demonstration was what sort of rounds they were firing, clearly the pistol was just full metal jacket (FMJ) rounds, while anyone I know of who carries a pistol shoots jacketed hollow point (JHP) rounds, which are designed to expand and stop penetrating once it hits something. So you can get a more violent reaction from a pistol round in those cases, but it doesn't have as much energy, it's just larger amounts of mass being transferred in the form of bullet fragments. I'm not sure what she was firing from the rifle, but you heard the officer describing the 1997 case that inspired the movie Heat, and the way those bullets were penetrating things. That's been my personal understanding as one of the major issues with rifle rounds like the 5.56x45mm NATO round or the civilian version the .223 Remington, and when it's fired into a crowd you have instances where a single bullet is going through multiple victims. I think it's possible she might've been firing JHPs instead of FMJs for her demonstration, but she didn't describe her methodology with enough detail for me to say. I would hope they wouldn't show something deliberately misleading like that, but that was a thick block of ballistics gel, so maybe it behaves a little differently when moving through something that has a little more resistance. It's also possible it had more to do with the distance the round traveled before hitting the block of gel, and I'm not sure what distance someone would have to be for that behavior to change from violently exploding into a bunch of pieces, versus one that goes through most things in it's path.

    In any case, this is the type of information regular non-gun folks need to see to understand the problem. The NRA lobbyists and the most obnoxious gun fanatics will get on their soapbox about how everyone is just discriminating against these guns because of the way they look, and they say shit like "it's just a semi-automatic rifle" when they know damned well it's not "just" that, because the much slower firing, M1 Garand that U.S. soldiers fought with in WW2 were also semi-automatic rifles, and anyone who has played one of the countless WW2 FPS games over the years can tell you, it doesn't fire very fast. For that you needed the Thompson Submachine gun G.I.s were also issued, but those things were squirrelly and hard to aim because you had a much shorter weapon, with less mass, firing these crazy large .45 ACP (automatic Colt pistol) rounds that were also used in their sidearms, the Colt 1911. Those things were good at throwing lots of lead, but they weren't good for hitting things you were aiming at beyond 20-30 ft. That's why the M1 Garand was the weapon used by most soldiers, and that fired a .30-06 (which you'll hear pronounced thirty-ought-six), which compared the the 5.56 NATO rounds is a 7.62x63mm which is a ridiculously long rifle round, which means it's got a lot more powder behind it. If you wanted to compare that to one of the most common rifle rounds in use on the planet, that are fired from an AK-47 or any number of other Soviet era weapons in use around world, which is the 7.62x39mm round. That's 24mm difference in length, so it shoots at much higher velocity.

    In addition to size of a bullet, you've also got the length of the gun barrel that determines how much energy is transferred to the bullet, the longer the barrel the more concentrated that energy will be behind it. (That's one reason why sniper rifles are really long.) So, you've got fairly similar velocity between the M1 and the AR-15, with the difference being the barrel length. The lead slug of a 5.56 round is actually a little smaller than the common .22 LR bullets which is 5.7mm and is widely used by Boy Scouts that are out plinking targets at the range when they've moved up from BB guns. The size of those bullets being relatively the same shows how much of a difference velocity can make. If you follow true crime stories, where you hear about people being shot multiple times and surviving often it's because they were shot with .22 LR rounds, which only travel @ 350-500 m/s from an 18 inch barrel, while you've got the 556 NATO rounds (aka the .223 Remington) that fired out of a 20 inch barrel travels between 850-1000 m/s. Which is why you see people hunting small game with a .22 LR and not .223 Remington. The size of the slug has nothing to do with the size of the hole, it's about how much energy is transferred. There are other aspects of the AR-15 that make it easier to control compared to the AK-47 for example, which is why it doesn't have as much vertical recoil.

    Now that I've bored you with some oddly specific information about bullets you never wanted to know, one takeaway I would like for you to have if you made it this far is to know how important the design of the bullet is to it's lethality and penetration, and that length is more important for firing it further and through more things, while width is does more soft tissue damage at closer range, especially when you've got a JHPs instead of FMJs. The next thing you should takeaway, is that I'm a left leaning progressive that likes to nerd out about these things, and I'm on the side of gun control being reasonable and making the world safer for everyone in it, so I won't feel the need to carry my pistol with me while I'm out and about, which I am licensed to do. If you want to argue with gun nuts and make them look stupid, learn more about the things I've mentioned and avoid "scary black guns" argument that will make the dismissive of your opinion. If you want to debate firearms with people that are into guns, then you need to be more knowledgeable or they will tune your ass out, and you will not get the debate you were looking for. That's why there really isn't an actual "gun control" debate being had in this country, because you have one side who knows everything you would want to know about guns and more, and the other side that is terrified and knows less than nothing (because what they think they know is wrong) and it shows. If they try to tell you the AR-15 they own is for home defense, laugh in their face for several minutes before you tell them that they might as well line up members of their family for a firing squad, those bullets are going to go through their target and through their walls and into their wife and kids, on top of that a long barrel weapon like that is terrible for use indoors, because you can't maneuver well. If they only care about home defense, then they should have a shotgun, which will make it easier to hit their target without even having to aim, and the buckshot will scatter and it won't kill as anyone on the other side of a wall. The next best option would be a pistol firing 9mm rounds or larger, with JHP rounds that will expand instead of penetrate. If you know those things, you will make them look dumb, and you can then call them out for being an anti-government maniac that wants to overthrow our government despite having access to a voting booth, or they've fetishized guns to the point where their obsession is unhealthy, and they need to talk to someone about some of their deep seeded issues. AR-15s aren't good for hunting either, so nip that shit in the bud too. Good luck.

  • RAJ on June 9, 2022

    American politicians that refuse to do anything about this are nothing but animals.
    There should be outright ban. Forget the half bake policy of raising the age to 25. America is not at war, you don't need such guns in the hands of ordinary citizens

  • steven boltz on June 9, 2022

    This story is proof that that the morons at the Clown News Network don’t have a clue what the second amendment is all about. Want to stop the killing of children , work on stopping the mentally disturbed people who are shooting the guns and doctors who perform abortions.

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  • ruth depew on June 9, 2022

    I don't want to see what a bullet does to gelatin. Show us what happens when AR-15 ammunition hits a prairie dog. Then show us the autopsy photos of decapitaated ten year olds. There are no privacy issues, because these autopsy photos will just show a pile of desiccated tissue infused with broken bones. There will be nothing identifiable as human, much less which human.

  • LOUE on June 9, 2022

    By owning one of these guns you become a danger to everyone, unless you are in the military

  • Tomasz Wawruszko on June 9, 2022

    I am a political scientist.

    It is simple.
    If you will load hollow-point bullets instead of full metal jacket (FMJ) bullets, then bullet will expand inside of body. So "explode".
    There are also "soft point" bullets, which are hollow-points plugged by plastic to slow down expansion.

  • 2A-Defender-5.56 on June 9, 2022

    This video is very misleading and you are spreading misinformation showing it. The weapon you have firing in the video is a fully automatic and an AR15 is semi automatic. An AR15 does NOT fire like the gun you have firing in the video. So… Quit trying to mislead everyone. Its very dishonest, which isnt surprising from CNN.

  • Dr. Anupam Rauthan on June 9, 2022

    What a stupid analysis of bullets and ballistics!!!
    Just ban any Guns from selling and keep your people safe !!!

  • Agent Smith on June 9, 2022

    I'm sitting here in Europe, watching in disbelief that there is a government in the civilized world that's stupid enough to allow civilians access to such weapons. By European standards this is insanity. Absolute INSANITY

  • Tyler Jeppesen on June 9, 2022

    we are all too blame for this disgusting decay of what used too be American society and for giving these sick coward pieces of shit any more attention than the few second it takes to end the threat . media is the only reason this has become an epidemic.
    gun laws don’t and WILL NOT EVER do anything too help our situation in this country , on the contrary it only keeps guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens or it makes those otherwize law abiding citizens criminals.
    it’s already illegal too commit crimes . THE ONLY THING i feel is both constitutionally sound and helpful would be mental health screenings prior too firearm purchases . because as sad as it is to accept our society is beyond help at this point

  • John Murphy on June 9, 2022

    This will do the same thing shot out of a single shot rifle getting rid of the rifles is not the answer getting rid of mentally ill people's is but

  • Frank Crow on June 9, 2022

    CNN, you’re grasping at straws..

  • Danny on June 9, 2022

    Maybe the public should just see the pictures of what the shooter at Uvalde did to those kids with the AR-15, especially since he had a good 45+ minutes in the room alone with them.

  • Andrew Faversham on June 9, 2022

    I live in Norway and you Americans don’t know how lucky you are.
    I’m not allowed to protect myself or my family. If I harm an intruder, I can go to prison. I don’t have the right to bear or keep a firearm. If I want one I will have to apply to the government for permission.Guns are just used for hunting or sport not for protection. So in a case of a home invasion I have to wait for the police. If I kill a intruder I will be charged with either murder or Manslaughter and the case will be tried in a court. Let’s say I broke the intruders arm ,he would be eligible for victim of violence compensation.

  • Potomacstud on June 9, 2022

    I'll love you in buckskin
    Or skirts that I've homespun
    But I'll love ya' longer, stronger where
    Yer friends don't tote a gun

  • Alex Price on June 9, 2022

    Wow they shoot a solid core bullet for the 9mm and then a hollow point for the 5.56. This is literally purposeful misinformation. A hollow point of any caliber makes an "explosion" in the body. If they shot a normal, solid core bullet from the AR15 it would've been a straight line through the gel just like 9mm. Any hunting rifle shoots a much more powerful round than an AR as well.

  • Ugonelearn Todayknewz on June 9, 2022

    That's just one bullet u can shoot 50 rounds in seconds ..our country is full of idiots

  • Ugonelearn Todayknewz on June 9, 2022

    I find it troubling that police will shoot an unarmed man but be scared of a man with a gun. Seems ass backwards for a cop that claims to protect

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  • tg on June 9, 2022

    Jake Tapper you figured out how to show the impact of this weapon without showing the parents children. Now show the blood and little body bags.

  • Louisa von Dart on June 9, 2022

    Thre is absolutely no way that a normal copper jacketed round from an AR 15 would have been stopped by that gel. It would have exited without breaking up. Fake.

  • JUST ME on June 9, 2022

    It's not the weapon that explodes in the body but the 5.56mm ammunition. I was in the Army when the M16 first appeared and everyone was in awe as to it "killing" power. But then the feedback started coming back as to how ineffective the 5.56mm was in many strategic ways compared to the 7.62mm round. A M14 rifle in the hands of any shooter will create more carnage than it's successor because of it's greater energy hence destruction. Today they are retiring the 5.56mm of which the AR15 is only one of many Semi Automatic Rifles chambered in 5.56mm. You need to understand some basic Ballistics before this knee jerk Legislation is adopted.. Handguns are by far the biggest killers, not the Semi-Automatic Rifles, and it's the Criminals with these weapons that should be taken out.

  • OhNoNotFrank on June 9, 2022

    "The gun can jam" wow, then you are really grasping at straws.
    USD 1000,- per bullet would do the trick.

  • V Speaker on June 9, 2022

    Let's just refocus for a moment, shall we. The children in Uvalde were DECAPITATED and their bodies EXPLODED from the bullets of the AR-15. The weapon used in mass shootings were the AR-15!!!! When the AR-15 was used it PIERCED the body armor the POLICE were wearing. The weapons was designed for WAR. For THESE reasons they should be BANNED . . . PERIOD. Also remember a law-abiding citizen is a law-abiding citizen until they are not. So if a law-abiding citizen purchases one of these and shoots one of your children, they will possibly be decapitated and their bodies will explode. Is that what you want? Is that okay with you? Oh, by the way, I'm a law-abiding gun owner.

  • Spook Slayer on June 9, 2022

    How dishonest can you be? That is not an AR-15 being fired.

  • Terra Quest RC on June 9, 2022

    pure ass propaganda. It's not the rifle, it's the round used. And lets be totally honest here… I realize it won't help the rifle owners, but in the right hands a .22 LR bolt action can be more deadly with an even higher body count.

  • Sega Killer 27 on June 9, 2022

    Ar15’s are not used on the “Battlefield”

  • 3-D VIDEO'S on June 9, 2022

    After that they should have shot the gel with a common deer hunting cartridge… or a slug from the shotgun Joe Biden himself said you should use instead. But no. Sadly CNN has an anti "assault rifle" agenda and it doesn't want the misinformed to understand how pointless and illogical their claims against ownership of these firearms really are. The fact is the AR-15 isnt a high powered rifle at all. Its one of the weakest.

  • Vince H on June 9, 2022

    When actions/ inaction defy common sense, follow the money.

  • Polarbreez on June 9, 2022


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