World's Deadliest Bullet Expands Into Four Parts, Making It Harder To Miss In 'High Pressure Situations'
An ammunition company in Denver has unveiled what many are calling the world's deadliest bullet — part bullet, part buckshot, part nun-chucks. It improves the likelihood of a kill-shot because it makes it pretty much impossible to miss. It appears to be marketed toward law enforcement and civilian use for high-stress, self-defense situations, according to the product's website.
"First Hit Advantage is Everything!TM in a gun battle and the Mi-BulletsTM patented High-Hit Profile is a game changer," writes Todd Kuchman, the president of Advanced Ballistics Concepts and inventor of the Mi-Bullet. That's short for "Multiple Impact Bullet." When the bullet is fired from a handgun, the outer casing breaks away into thirds that spin tethered to a center axis. In less than one-hundredth of a second, according to a demonstration video, the pieces can reach 10 inches in diameter, though the desired diameter can apparently be controlled.
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The effect is best demonstrated in an image on the website, which shows a target, a human silhouette, punctured in four places: the neck, the head, the shoulder, and one miss. With one-in-four odds, the reasoning goes, the Mi-Bullet is the best bullet to use when "you can't afford to miss," the company says. The bullet comes in three styles: "less-lethal" for disabling, "semi-lethal" for breaking the skin but probably not killing and "lethal," for when you definitely want your target dead.
"According to national law enforcement statistics, more than 90 percent of shots fired in life and death situations miss their mark," Kuchman said in a news release. "Our research shows that these missed shots are the result of 'last second twitch' which occurs to some extent whenever a gun is fired, particularly in highly stressful situations. Because every Mi3 bullet offers a wide shot profile, it compensates for marksman's error which significantly increases hit probability."
Some ammo blogs seem excited about the bullet, which is scheduled to appear at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas next week. But other gun wonks are unimpressed with technology they say already exists. "This concept has been around since muzzle loaders," wrote one of them. Kuchman, however, says the Mi-Bullet is different because it has the generous strike zone of buckshot but the stopping power— the ability to disable the target on impact — of a typical slug. Each of the four components of the bullet, he says, carry enough mass that just one of them could put you down.
Those less sympathetic of guns for civilian use are obviously not exactly thrilled with these kinds of technological advances. "It may seem impossible at this point, but humans keep enhancing their ability to kill others using guns," wrote Jesus Diaz for Sploid. But Kuchner believes that more effective killing is actually safer. Fewer misses equal less collateral damage. And he also says the bullet has some kind of proprietary system that stops the bullet from traveling further "after hitting a typical household wall or live target."
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