Self-Destructing Bullet Patented by US Army

One of the largest contributors to technologies growth is the armed forces, with people looking at everything from mounting rail-guns to ships to being able to inject a sponge into people to stop gunshot wounds from bleeding. The latest patent that the U.S. Army has filed for though is designed to prevent harm, in the form of a self-destructing bullet.

.50 calibre bullets are designed to be used in large guns, with everything from a sniper rifle to a mounted machine gun firing them off with their range and size often making them the round of choice for long distance engagements. This puts you at the risk of firing bullets that may not stop where you want them to. This may no longer be the case though thanks to a patent filed by the U.S. Army.

Researchers Brian Kim, Mark Minisi and Stephen McFarlane didn’t feel rounds had to keep going. Two years after filing for their patent it was approved, allowing for a new design of bullet that would have a “timed” lifespan. Designed to ignite the second the round is fired, the countdown would begin, ending with the bullet ending its travel once the reaction reaches its final stage.

McFarlane stated that “the biggest advantage is reduced risk of collateral damage”. While the design is based and tested on the .50 calibre rounds, the patent extends to the method used in creating the new form of rounds, meaning that it could be used in everything from small handguns to large calibre weapons.

Drone Munition Now Available To Consumers

Picture the scene; you look skywards and what lies before you? Some morons drone which is circling above your house, what do you do? If you live in the good old US of A, you walk into your garage with the aim of fetching your shotgun or course. But there is a problem, what if you do not have the correct ammunition? Luckily help is at hand as a product is now being marketed which promises to be the right kind of bullets for these pesky drones.

A company by the name of Snake River Shooting Products and Consulting Inc, consulting? We consult to offer you products which will maim or kill you, anyway, is proud to announce a new product by the name of Drone Munition. Which according to ammoland, is a

“Shot shell based defence rounds are now shipping. The rounds are a 12 gauge 3″ shot shell solution aimed at defending against drone-based privacy concerns and terror!”

Not too sure it’s the best idea to defend privacy by shooting expensive pieces of kit out of the sky, but there you go. The following sentence makes me laugh; apparently this ammunition has environmental credentials which are

“Drone Munition is lead free and safe for the environment”

Good to know, at least the planet was not harmed from the manufacturing of these bullets at someone’s funeral.

I can see this company being open to many a lawsuit, if you’re effectively condoning shooting an individual’s unmanned aerial vehicle to bits, then this will be seen as damaging property which does not belong to you. I do agree these Drones need more robust regulation, but you cannot if you feel like it, aim and fire skyward.

Casey Betzold, who is the president of Snake River Shooting Products, stated that “We are very excited to be manufacturing a product focused on defending our freedoms. We see this line as a game changer in the industry and as an important defence against rising threats to our way of life”

The words “Defending Our Freedoms” is interesting, would it be really against ones freedoms to spot a drone flying in the sky? What about if it’s a US government drone, would it be then safe to shoot that as well?. If it was a suspected terrorist drone then it would be considered OK to shoot it, but then again, I doubt it will be sign posting itself when flying.

Well, at least we know for any of life’s problems, there will be Ammo for that.

Thank you ammoland and snakerivershootingproducts for providing us with this information

‘Ballistic Wallpaper’ Designed To Help Reduce Impact Of Explosions

Soldiers are often moved to new locations with little protection from nature or the enemy, for this reason, they often bunker down in old buildings and use what they can to fortify their camps. Nick Boone, a research mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Centre (Try and put that on your CV), has come up with a way to increase their protection in these make-shift camps.

‘Ballistic Wallpaper’ as it has been called, is made up of Kevlar fibre combined with a polymer film. Kevlar is the material used in body armour, and in this instance when combined with an adhesive backing creates a sheet of material that can quickly be put on walls to offer instant protection.

While the name is unofficial and it is still in research and development stage, Boone hopes that this can one day can be produced and fielded in an attempt to save lives. The concept aims to help protect soldiers from when the walls around them are hit. Without the wallpaper, when hit, the wall will send shards of rock and explosive device inwards towards the soldiers bunkered within. The wallpaper acts like a net, containing the rubble and debris and therefore reducing the risk to the soldiers within drastically.

With the ability to instantly reinforce buildings and structures with haste, the wallpaper can help save lives and protect people both in and out of war zones from anything that might cause a building to crumble inwards.

Thank you Phys.org for the information.

Bullet-Sized Homing Missiles Undergoing Tests at Darpa

We have seen a lot of advancements in military equipment and devices in recent years, but it seems that there is more to come. The latest news shows that the US military has been testing .50-calibre bullets with in-flight guidance systems, having the ability to turn the projectiles into small homing missiles.

The miniaturized homing missiles are apparently being made by Darpa’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordinance, or EXACTO for short, having them be designed with the ability to adjust their trajectory in-flight in order to hit targets that are not precisely aimed. This means that every bullet can hit any type of target, including moving, high-speed or long-range targets, without the need to compensate with other external factors, such as weather, wind or even elevation in some cases.

“For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavourable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology. It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit a target also risks the safety of troops by indicating their presence and potentially exposing their location.” say Darpa on their website.

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It is said that the EXACTO system is made up of both the bullet and the guidance system which tracks and delivers the projectile to the target. The bullets themselves are said to be the size of a large pen, having them to fit in both .50-calibre snipers and machine-guns. However, the new tech is still far away from reaching the battlefield. While tests show the first ever projectiles and their results in the field, more tests are said to be required in order to make the new tech ready for the actual battlefield.

Thank you Wired for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Ghillies and Stuff and video courtesy of Wired

Nokia Lumia 520 Deflects Bullet, Thats Almost As Strong As The 3210

The humble Nokia phone was once regarded as the strongest thing on the planet, the classic Nokia 3210 and similar era phones could be dropped in drinks, kicked, thrown, I even saw someone accidentally reverse a car over one and still survive with relative ease, or at the very worst a simple repair that could be done by the user was needed. Now the Nokia Lumia 520 looks set to reclaim the throne for Nokia as it stops a bullet from hitting its target.

A Brazilian military police officer was entering his parents home to have his uniform washed, only to find that his parents were being held hostage by two criminals. Upon seeing the officer’s uniform they opened fire, he fled out of harms way, only to be shot in the back pocket. The Nokia 520 took the bullet for him, had it not stopped the bullet the officer would have been shot in the butt, ouch.

The phone was completely destroyed of course, but I’m sure the owner isn’t too fussed and fortunately his arrival was still enough to cause the two criminals to flee the scene. Hopefully someone at Nokia or Microsoft will help the guy out with a new handset and hopefully the police will catch up with the two criminals that escaped the scene.

Thank you Pocket Lint for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Pocket Lint.