crypto wrote:Okay, there's one big thought-process disconnect I'm seeing in this discussion:
The military definition of 'armor piercing' is something that will defeat X inches of RHA (Rolled steel Homogeneous Armor). This means ammunition with penetrator cores made of steel, bronze, tungsten, uranium, etc.
The media definiion of 'armor piercing' is something that will defeat soft body armor that police wear.
This includes almost every rifle cartridge ever made, and many hot handgun loads.
I haven't seen any tests of Black Talon or Ranger SXT vs ballistically equivalent ammunition into soft armor, but it's possible that the combination of 5% higher velocity and whatever the friction coefficient is with aramid body armor does give it a performance advantage over non-friction-reducing bullet coatings.
That doesn't mean that it's armor-piercing in the military sense though. You can put all the teflon you want on a handgun bullet and it will still splatter harmlessly off of RHA steel.
Fair point. So, then, it is safe to say that in terms of being actually armor piercing, Teflon coating doesn't do shit, but effectiveness against soft body armor, there might be a slight advantage, but really that's sort of pointless because so are a bunch of other rounds?