Saturday, June 22, 2013

Photos of Bullets Sliced in Half by Sabine Pearlman

Sabine Pearlman's intriguing photo series "Ammo" features images of a variety of ammunitions that have been neatly cut in half to reveal the surprisingly varied and intricate contents inside. Pearlman shot a total of 900 cross-sections of ammo, in a World War II bunker in Switzerland last October, documenting the meticulous and dangerous beauty that lies beneath the bullets' casings.

"I was originally intrigued by the ambiguous nature of the subject matter," she says. "The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition."

The ammo was cut in half by a munitions specialist who devised a technique to defuse the rounds before cutting them in half.

“It is a dangerous process, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing!,” warns Pearlman.

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  1. Some flavor of 5.56x45 loaded with a steel projectile in a copper half-jacket to protect the bore
  2. 5.56mm XM216 SPIW Flechette
  3. 7.62/.220 Salvo Squeezebore

The images are quite fascinating. It’s pity, the photographer failed to provide captions that could have explained what each bullet type is. Apparently, a knowledgeable Redditor was able to recognize some of these bullets. The captions that you find underneath these images are based on his identification. Please be aware, they might not be correct (but I believe they are).

About the photographer:

Sabine Pearlman was born and raised in Austria. She moved to the US in 2004, and today lives and works in Los Angeles. As a photographer, she strives to create a poetry of images by synergizing the "big picture" with the small details. Educated at Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design and Santa Monica College, Sabine's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries nationally and internationally.

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  1. 7.62x51mm Plastic short-range training tracer
  2. This one is curious - it looks like a 7.62x51mm but the interior looks like a 'sabotage' cartridge as it appears to be loaded with a blasting cap and a small amount of explosive. Upon further consideration, I believe it may be a 7.92mm Mauser rather than a 7.62mm NATO based on the case dimensions and bullet construction.
  3. 6.5x55mm wood bullet blank (guessing at the cartridge on that one, it looks right!)

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  1. .450 Adams - the case appears too short and the bullet is too short, the cavity too shallow and it doesn't have enough grease grooves to be a .455 MkII.
  2. .38 Speer Target

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  1. .38 Special Glaser
  2. .224 BOZ

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  1. 9x19mm Cobra "High Safety Ammunition" - steel darts inside a polymer sabot
  2. 9x19mm Israeli riot control - steel balls embedded in amber resin

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  1. 9x19mm - looks much like a British 9mm MkIIz
  2. 9x19mm - solid brass hollow point - unsure of maker
  3. 9x19mm - either a tracer or possibly an explosive projectile. Not sure what that filler is

via Imaging Resources

17 comments:

  1. So which one do I use for hunting babies? Mind you, I liked to eat em alive, so no lethal ammo.

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    1. You`re cruel)))))

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    2. Usually babies are hunted with an acid filled syringe, a scalpel or some sort or rotary blade to liquidfy the fetus.

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    3. No problem. Just put out your Planned Parenthood shingle- they'll come to you.

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    4. And a Presidential opinion that the survivors should be given the coup degras, like a baby seal except only, you know, a human one.

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    5. Just go to one of your abortion clinics, lefty. It's faster, easier, and they give you a lollipop for being good.

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  2. Let me guess Post #1 is Anti Gun? Grow up. It takes a little person to completely bypass the mechanics of such a tool and go straight into the anti gun BS talking points.

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  3. Not just bullets. These are cross sections of entire cartridges.

    Great stuff.

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  4. Leftists want to kill babies. Conservatives teach their kids how to use guns properly.

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  5. I concur with the baby scarcity. Ever since Kermit Gosnell shut down I have noticed that prices are up and quality is down.

    Mail order in cryovac was so convenient. Preppers could order freeze dried product, boned or bone-in.
    Well the bloom is off the rose and the best days of baby eating are sadly behind us. Yet another omen portending the end of civilization as we know it.

    I am not alone in missing the delight which is Baby Back Ribs.

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  6. You mean like that vile negro who killed the baby in the South a few weeks back?

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  7. The solid brass hollowpoint, bottom row, #2, appears to be a Dynamit Nobel/Ruag "Aktion +1" monolithic ductile brass hollowpoint round, missing the normal bright yellow plastic cap covering the hollowpoint opening to aid feeding:

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=avoawm&s=4

    It is a German-developed law enforcement round popular with many European police departments. The brass projectile gives good, reliable controlled expansion and adequate penetration in soft tissue, while also giving very good penetration against light cover such as automobile doors. It is also rather expensive, and, because it uses a brass bullet, is illegal to import into the US under thirty-year-old soi-disant "cop killer bullet" laws. Theoretically US police departments could get permission to import it, however because the Europeans only make it in 9mm, and most US law enforcement agencies favor the .40 caliber currently, the manufacturer has not attempted any aggressive marketing in the US.

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  8. Yeah, but poster # 3 zinged his little punk rump.

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  9. I too miss baby back ribs, Philippino style!

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  10. Pfft stupid Americans and your guns. Enjoy your mass shootings.

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