Interior walls

Interior walls

This is a discussion on Interior walls within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Another good video from Paul Harrell. Kind of debunks the conventional wisdom that 5.56 is great indoors because the bullet will tumble and fragment, limiting ...

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    Another good video from Paul Harrell. Kind of debunks the conventional wisdom that 5.56 is great indoors because the bullet will tumble and fragment, limiting over penetration risk.

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    I just recently discovered Paul Harrell’s videos.

    Really enjoy them.


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    I was just watching that. Good stuff!
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    Very helpful and quite impressive.
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    if a wall stops one then it means that wall has gone from concealment to cover. great for you if they are using fragmenting bullets and you are behind it.

    bad for you if you are using them and they are behind it shooting at you.
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    I've been subscribing to his channel for several years. I like his methodical, concise approach to videos.
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    I don't have any expectations that sheetrock walls will stop anything. Even my cinderblock outer walls are penetrable with the right loads.
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    I like how on television or in the movies, the good guy ducks after the first shot and then hides behind an interior wall while the bad guy unloads a full auto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I like how on television or in the movies, the good guy ducks after the first shot and then hides behind an interior wall while the bad guy unloads a full auto.
    They use ballistic drywall in the movies.

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    The takeaway is that drywall is useless as cover. Watched his video early this morning.

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    One of the best scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" involved shooting through an interior wall of an apartment building with a BAR. Most of you probably remember it. And of course the action that it was based on was in an old building where they weren't made of drywall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fallsrider View Post
    The takeaway is that drywall is useless as cover. Watched his video early this morning.
    My takeaway is that a properly loaded shotgun is best for indoor use. Despite the current trend toward AR rifles, carbines, and “pistols.” At least, insofar as over penetration is concerned.

    If you’re defending outside, then the rifle comes into its own.

    My shotgun is loaded with #1 buckshot. My exterior walls are brick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fallsrider View Post
    They use ballistic drywall in the movies.
    We used that in one of the GOV construction projects I oversaw. Good stuff, I think it was $300 a sheet.
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    It was one of his videos that made me switch from 00 buck to #4 buckshot indoors.
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    Exterior walls, unless made of brick (and some non-load bearing brick walls are really soft), are just slightly less useless. A thin layer of siding, 1/2" or 5/8"nom OSB, some insulation and the interior drywall. Not much to prevent being shot.

    On a slightly different note:
    A 12a slug will penetrate an aluminum storm door, a closed solid wood exterior door, travel through a wooden kitchen chair, through two layers of sheetrock, pass through a women's pelvic bone, continue on through two more layers of sheetrock, pass through a bedroom chest of drawers, pass through one more layer of sheetrock, then one sheet of 1/2" plywood and stop when it hits the brick facade on the front of the house. I saw the hole, I knew the women. Her son was my best friend. Her neighbor was trying to shoot his wife who ran into their house.

    My friends Mom survived, barely. The neighbor was imprisoned for attempted murder, and his wife continued living next door.
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