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The first rule is, don't shoot them inside!

A friend of mine's kid was working up an order from a catalog the other night and asked if I'd like to try some plastic "practice" 9mm ammo for $2.50 or so a box. I got three boxes and picked it up last night. At around 11:30 I decided to walk outside and let one off; I was expecting a primer pop but got considerably more. The sound was similar to a real 9mm round, and the small pecan tree I'd aimed at about 20 feet away had a 2" area of bark damage, along with an apparent bullet hole. Did I mention that all the lights came on at my neighbor's house? Usually they assume I'm shooting at an armadillo or something.

Anyway, this morning I decided to test some plastic ammo on a phone book. Here are pictures.

Here's an unfired round.

After firing at a phone book 10 feet away, the bullet is clearly visible about 1/8th of an inch below flush--damage extended for almost 50 pages. The little round produced enough recoil to set the BHP hammer to half cock.

Here's the bullet inside the book.

And here it is after removal. In the second photo is the fired case.

I keep a 12 bore shotgun by the front door to discourage stray dogs from messing with my cat; I keep the shotgun loaded up with two rounds of S&B rubber 00 buckshot, followed by five rounds of the real thing. I'm thinking that at ranges of ten yards or more, this plastic pistol ammo might be a good choice.
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