Tom Clarke & Lenny Bolton answere the viewers question below:
Over Penetration is a concern and liability for anyone shooting a firearm. Responsible shooters have a backstop so that each bullet you fire downrange will be captured by a earth berm or equal, just something to STOP the bullet. Once the launched bullet has struck its intended target, this projectile could pass through the target, and becomes an over penetration issue, much like a complete miss.
Soft tissue human targets can be easily shot completely through their mass depending on the firearm ballistic energy (includes speed, caliber, distance and location of bullet strike) and the cross-sectional frontal surface of the bullet itself. Another example would be rifles verses handguns, with their individual ballistic attributes. For the most part, rifles are more powerful than handguns, but over penetration can occur with any caliber bullet launched out of any firearm.
Firearm Safety Rule #4 – Be sure of you target, backstop and foreground. The intent of this rule is to make you aware of your surroundings, the target and what is in the path of bullet after it is launched from your firearm. Sounds simple, but a lot of people do not take these issues into consideration while discharging their favorite Bang-Stick. Always assume there will be an Over Penetration issue and plan for it.
Target shooting is easy to plan for over penetration. You get to pick the time and place of the firearm practice or training. Therefore, you would pick a spot that has a well-defined backstop of some kind that will contain all of your launched bullets.
On the other hand, a tactical encounter will have no such rules. Train to re-direct the flight path of your bullet if there is an issue of valuable assets behind the intended target. This means lowering your body to angle the bullet flight up higher to miss something directly behind the target, or some movement to one side or the other might cure the potential problem. The first step is to recognize the potencial problem and use that information while you are making the decision to press the trigger. Remember, YOU OWN EACH BULLET LAUNCHED and the resulting damage it may inflict.
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