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Sunday, June 23, 2013

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Photos of Bullets Sliced in Half

Sabine Pearlman's intriguing photo series "Ammo" features images of a variety of ammunitions that have been neatly cut in half to reveal the surprisingly varied and intricate contents inside. Pearlman shot a total of 900 cross-sections of ammo, in a World War II bunker in Switzerland last October, documenting the meticulous and dangerous beauty that lies beneath the bullets' casings.

  1. 7.62x51mm Plastic short-range training tracer
  2. This one is curious - it looks like a 7.62x51mm but the interior looks like a 'sabotage' cartridge as it appears to be loaded with a blasting cap and a small amount of explosive. Upon further consideration, I believe it may be a 7.92mm Mauser rather than a 7.62mm NATO based on the case dimensions and bullet construction.
  3. 6.5x55mm wood bullet blank (guessing at the cartridge on that one, it looks right!)

  1. .450 Adams - the case appears too short and the bullet is too short, the cavity too shallow and it doesn't have enough grease grooves to be a .455 MkII.
  2. .38 Speer Target

  1. .38 Special Glaser
  2. .224 BOZ

  1. 9x19mm Cobra "High Safety Ammunition" - steel darts inside a polymer sabot
  2. 9x19mm Israeli riot control - steel balls embedded in amber resin

  1. Some flavor of 5.56x45 loaded with a steel projectile in a copper half-jacket to protect the bore
  2. 5.56mm XM216 SPIW Flechette
  3. 7.62/.220 Salvo Squeezebore
  1. 9x19mm - looks much like a British 9mm MkIIz
  2. 9x19mm - solid brass hollow point - unsure of maker
  3. 9x19mm - either a tracer or possibly an explosive projectile. Not sure what that filler is

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