So….. all the BATFE has to do is say they’re thinking of changing the classification of this cartridge, based on some made-up, flimsy, unsupportable excuse, to get everybody to start running around in little circles and crying like little girls that didn’t get that pony for their birthday?  Yes, there currently is an exemption for this cartridge.  Yes, it’s not actually armor-piercing, but is called a penetrator.  Something like the difference between “Open Tip Match” and “Hollow Point” ammo classifications.  Yes, it is an obvious twisted contradiction of the regulations already on the books.  And a blatant violation of our Second Amendment Rights.  But really, I’ve got more than one box of bullets because I do more than one kind of shooting.  How many screwdrivers do you have right now in your toolbox?  One?  Yeah, that’s what I thought. 

XM855 FMJSCBT 62 gr Green Tip

Here’s a short collection of YouTube videos to help you sort this out.  First, a few different classic presentations of projectile deceleration in clear ballistics gel.  Good to see what goes on exactly when those little thingies careen through something that is functionally equivalent to man-sized slabs of living flesh.  Or in the case of Zombie attack, un-living flesh.

556 XM855 in Ballistic Gel

5.56 x 45 NATO M855 Slow Motion Ballistic Gel by Brass Fetcher

 

762 x 39 PowerPoint in Ballistic Gel

7.62 x 39 Federal 123 gr Soft Point

 

308 M80 147 gr in Ballistic Gel

7.62 x 51 M80 147 gr FMJ in Ballistic Gel also by Brass Fetcher

 

And it would seem a lot of people have the scenario in mind where they might have to shoot at Zombies in serious armor plate ballistic vests.  Maybe.  You never know.

Ballistics TestingBallistic Penetration Testing by Sootch00

 

There might even be the odd time when you need to shoot through something in order to hit a zombie that thinks it’s hiding.  And there are some suitable rounds for that.

MK 318

Mk 318 OTM 62 gr  5.56 SOST

 

MK 262

MK 262 OTM 77 gr 5.56

 

Mosin Nagant 1000 yds

Even a $200 Mosin-Nagant can shoot way out to 1000 yards and leave a nasty bruise.

 

 

300 wsm canyon

You might also consider solving the problem a little further out with the ever popular long-range solution in .300 Winchester Mag.  My favorite variation is in .300 WSM.  Not cheap to shoot but you get what you pay for.

 

And something with perspective and entertainment value, here’s a video so you can share in my comedic and slightly sadistic anticipation of the Zombie attack, without the recurring nightmares that comes with actually having to do this.

 

Pumpkin vs 300 WSM300WSM vs Pumpkin

 Just one more, because you can’t see enough ballistek gel blocks getting shot up.  And I mean about two feet straight up.  Again with my round of choice:

 

Two Blocks

So.  There you have it.  As much as XM855 is suddenly all the rage because it might be on the way to becoming unobtainium, there are reasonably viable alternatives for you to consider.  Besides, you are supposed to be training on a variety of weapons platforms and need to know how they perform under differing conditions.   Don’t get hung-up on doing your one favorite thing over and over the same way all the time.  Remember, there are 50 shades of red.

 

Additional video here:

xm855 purple tip

Great explanation of why this is not an armor piercing round, but just an “enhanced penetration” round.  The “X”  in XM855 means “seconds”, rejects for some reason or another.  Not good enough for the military to use to shoot zombies.  But they might be good enough for you.

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