Yesterday, Lucky Gunner Ammo published additionally test results from their big handgun carry ammo testing that they’ve been doing for awhile for the .38 Spl and .357 Magnum cartridges. Previously they had examined different loads for the .380ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45ACP. The table format that they use to present the information is very clear and easy to read, and it’s easy to find the important figures you’re looking for: penetration depth, expansion measurements, and velocity, all figured as 5 shot averages (except for penetration, those are shown as individual rounds).
The Lucky Gunner tests are pretty cool, and the complete results can be found here. Of note, the tests were run using both a 2″ barrel and a 4″ barrel, and both tables show those results. The results are interesting and unfortunately, the .357 isn’t the atomic bomb that I’d secretly hoped it would be. There’s no denying that the .357 has been a very successful man-stopper, but in gel it doesn’t look that much different than any other typical service cartridge. But keep in mind, gel is only part of the story. Make sure to check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the whole test protocol and results.
In other news, Soldier Systems Daily reported today that the US Army is apparently considering adopting a “new” battle rifle to extend the range of the average rifleman. Apparently this request stems from units feeling outgunned overseas, with their 5.56NATO carbines not matching the range of some enemy 7.62x54R weapons. The entire writeup can be found here.
An interesting observation is that apparently this is a stop-gap, or “interim” solution, which suggests that the Army might adopt an entirely different cartridge and family of weapons in the future for this stated purpose. I suppose the logical solution is to order some sort of commercial gun that already exists or expand existing orders for weapons chambered in 7.62NATO that are already in service. One thing that’s not entirely clear is the scope of this “proposal”. Is the Army seriously considering issuing a 7.62 rifle to every gunslinger in a line company? If that’s the case, I have to seriously doubt that this is going to happen, not because of practicality, but because of cost.