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Muzzle Flash and Other Distractions

Even though muzzle flash has more effect on an observer than a shooter, reducing flash is always a good idea.

Muzzle Flash and Other Distractions

A most dramatic muzzle flash comes from naval artillery pieces. Some can emit a flash that is up to 150 feet long.

When I was “CSI before it was cool,” we investigated every officer-involved shooting and were usually able to interview the officers. It helped us better understand armed police engagement, training, and, yes, ammunition.

Our terminal ballistics evaluation of police ammo using gelatin testing began with a series for the Dallas PD. It involved 15 kinds of .38 Special ammo that was available in the early 1970s. Our primitive photo-electric chronograph screens required us to set the range lighting to “fairly dark,” just enough for safe gunhandling and data recording.

One .38 Special load tested was, shall we say, “enlightening” for all the...

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