SIM-TEST Ballistic Test Media: Chapter 1





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Published on Feb 11, 2011

How many videos of ballistic testing with a form of ballistic gel do you see on YouTube? There aren't many, in comparison to all the ammo testing videos that have been posted in all formats. I am willing to make an effort to change that scenario. Introduction, overview, and ammo test of SIM-TEST Ballistic Test Media, a format very similar to ballistic gel. After posting over three dozen ammo tests videos using wetpack (May 2009 - December 2010), I felt the need to make a change.

More info on this product manufactured and distributed by Corbin, located in Oregon, USA. If interested, you must order direct.

Wetpack is a very inexpensive media for ammo testing, but it was time-consuming using my format. In the past, I would stuff one gallon jugs with wet newspaper, then cover the first jug with four layers of denim. The process of making five jugs for each test required 2 1/2 hours of spare time. It was not possible to view an accurate "wound channel" with this format, and wetpack is not generally viewed as a reliable testing medium by some people....even though folks have been using it for decades.

This format requires more of a financial investment, but the process is more scientific and should yield good representative results. Compared to calibrated ballistic gel, SIM-TEST:

- Does not require refrigeration. Stable for storage at room temperature, although a cooler environment is preferred.

- Can be used without mixing; maintains consistency.

- Is reusuable. Ballistic gel is one and done. Average lifespan of SIM-TEST is one year, with five years documented in some instances.

- Can be diluted, as it dissolves to a liquid around 160 degrees. Can be re-cast in various mold sizes to meet specific testing needs.

- Is cost-efficient. Multiple uses for a single block.

As I note on all my ammo testing videos, these tests are only a single representation under controlled circumstances. How your ammo performs in your handgun during a lawful self-defense situation is another matter....there are too many uncontrollable and unpredictable variables. There could be some valid data points in my videos, however, please do not make your ammo selection based solely on this video, seek out all resources. There is a wealth of information online; gun forums, ammo company websites, LEO ammo test reports, other YouTube videos, etc.. Dr. Google is your friend.

Beginning February 2011, I will be testing .22 LR, .38 Special, .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. In the future, I might add blocks for .223/.5.56 and 12 gauge testing.


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