26 responses on “5.56mm NATO XM193: Drywall & Ballistic Gel Test

  1. robertdug

    I use a shotgun and pistol for my home defense, not my AR or AK, nor do I
    use my Deer rifles. When I have people in the house with me I go with lower
    velocity hollow points. If you want a large capacity weapon their are some
    fantastic Sub guns on the market

  2. Ben Scofield

    Everyone shoots through denim… that’s so outdated. Criminals and thugs
    quit wearing jean jackets in the 80’s!

  3. sam torr

    why does the velocity increase with barrel length? I would of thought the
    longer the barrel the more friction the round experiences, so the less the
    velocity, i would of thought. 

  4. zeroxwolfx

    Makes me feel better about ordering this, except mines a 1:7 twist… hope
    it doesn’t hurt performance too much.

  5. Shamrockrancher

    This is an excellent video, as are all your others. I appreciate the effort
    and work you put into these. Thank you.
    The way that gel block wiggled, shook and rolled reminded me of my fat ass
    when I’m running for my second plate of pancakes on Sunday mornings.

  6. tetracentric

    Reading through the comments… some are good and some, not so much. If
    you’re gonna use a 5.56, 7.62, 9mm, 45 acp, whatever it may be, you have to
    simply know what you’re shooting at and what lies beyond the target (cliche
    but not that simple when your heart is pounding and your family’s ass is on
    the line.) If tragedy strikes, have a plan for your children and loved ones
    (mine do, and they are 2 and 7) so it can be done. But, you have to be
    smart about it (that doesn’t mean hesitation, that means situational
    awareness.) Train yourself, train your loved ones (btw: Martial Arts goes
    hand in hand in the real world.). Always be ready, practice, train, educate
    (and educate yourself), train more, drill more, train more, and realize…
    once bullets leave the barrel, they’re not coming back… and vice-verse.
    Penetration is going to happen (no pun intended) regardless of caliber, so
    be prepared for the worst. The goal is to protect your loved ones, period.
    Great video. Thank you Sir.

  7. Avi Elkovits

    No I don’t plan on testing it through 4 or 5 walls, that would be a really
    bad scenario and I hope that doesn’t happen to anybody. Ya, that is the
    point! As a gun owner I am furious that all these people on youtube are so
    happy to recommend the 5.56 as a home defense round. Without fear for the
    neighbors, family members, or others who may be behind 4 walls that will be
    cleanly penetrated without massive fragmentation, or breakage. RIFLE
    ROUNDS ARE NOT FOR HOME DEFENSE should be the title of this and every video
    talking about 5.56 or .308 or 7.62×39 or any rifle round! 

  8. Ki11bot

    My greatest concern is pass-through. Its the main reason I use light and
    fast 9mm JHP for personal and home protection. Kids, pets, neighbors,
    etc….
    I like something I know is gonna punch hard and dump into the target.

    Over penetration didn’t seem to happen here….which suprised me since this
    round has a reputation for it.

    Is this a factor? Am I skipping over a viable alternative?

  9. Donald Frederick

    Instead of drywall, would you place a AR500 plate up against the ballistic
    gel. Would like to see the results of the pass through of the m193 

  10. OrangeDiamond Barbarossa

    I can appreciate the tests you ran, but why in the hell are you running
    anything “BushMaster” produces, and using a 1:9 twist barrel? Both are
    garbage.

  11. Shane Gill

    +tnoutdoors9 that’s not truly government surplus, it’s ammo that doesn’t
    quite meet milspec, but is still serviceable ammo.

    Did the cases have a LC headstamp or Federal? It bugs me a little bit that
    the packaging says Federal on it. Federal didn’t make that ammo! When we
    fill commercial orders, all the packaging already has Federal on it! I bet
    they don’t even take the stretch wrap off of the pallets before they ship
    it to distributors. Hell, we might even be shipping directly to
    distributors from Lake City!

  12. brainplay

    Placing the targets right up on the drywall is a bad idea. The drywall
    will cause the bullet to start yawing and losing energy quickly. On impact
    the bullet may be completely sideways thereby reducing penetration and
    increasing the chances of a person surviving a stray round. However, if
    the target is pressed against the wall then the bullet will have little
    chance to yaw at all and will have minimal differences compared to shooting
    at something with no barrier.

  13. Shane Gill

    +tnoutdoors9 that’s not truly government surplus, it’s ammo that doesn’t
    quite meet milspec, but is still serviceable ammo.

    Did the cases have a LC headstamp or Federal? It bugs me a little bit that
    the packaging says Federal on it. Federal didn’t make that ammo! When we
    fill commercial orders, all the packaging already has Federal on it! I bet
    they don’t even take the stretch wrap off of the pallets before they ship
    it to distributors. Hell, we might even be shipping directly to
    distributors from Lake City!

  14. Eric Anderson

    The takeaway lesson: It’ll kill your kids in the next room. The AR-15
    carbine can be a decent home defense weapon in some homes, but not if
    you’ve got a house full of kids.

    I’ve chopped down trees with a 12-gauge loaded with 2 3/4″ target loads.
    At “in home” ranges they are devastating, but far less lethal on the other
    side of a wall than any AR-15 load.

    My “defense guns” are a .380 auto for carry (because I’ll actually CARRY it
    and not leave it locked up at home), a Remington 870 with target loads for
    home defense, and an AR-15 for “the gubmint.” (And jackrabbits.)

  15. Shane Gill

    +dabNtx [EDIT: I’ve done the math and there is no way that the penetrators
    were tungsten. It seems that whoever it was that told me that was wrong!!!]
    The M855 penetrator core isn’t made of steel, it is Carbide-coated
    Tungsten. You cannot dent them with a 3-pound mini-sledge, I have tried.

  16. mojo jojo

    one of these days Im gonna gel test my guns, my right arm in particular. I
    have fists of steel. I wonder what kind of permanent wound cavity my right
    hook will make…I have to be careful though, its barrier blind and will go
    through walls and may accidentally punch one of my kids square in the mouth

  17. Robert Dumont

    I don’t see how people can say that the 5.56 doesn’t have enough knock
    down. Looks like enough to put a hurt on someone to me.

  18. taylor wabel

    You’re using a FMJ round which is designed for penetration. If you’re using
    this demonstration as an example for home defense then a hollow point round
    would be the optimal round. More damage and knock down power. The last
    thing you wanna do is blow through three or four walls and hit some poor
    bastard on the street or even worse one of your own family members that you
    are trying to protect. I am not being a keyboard warrior just supplying
    food for thought. Good video though, thanks.

  19. binnsh

    Until you get as good as this guy, you can cheat by going clockwise around
    the inside first for a roadmap of your second cut around the outside