Things that go ‘boom’ are always fun and when it comes to new and very exciting shotgun rounds, TAOFLEDERMAUS does not disappoint, I’ve published several articles here at Great American Outdoors on his stuff and you guys really seem to enjoy it.
But just in case you aren’t familiar with him, let me give you a little bit of background information.
TAOFLEDERMAUS is an American YouTuber who uploads experiment videos. He joined YouTube on July 23, 2006, and has accumulated a total of 1,370,000 subscribers and 647 million views as of October 2021.
Around 2017, YouTube began scrutinizing videos and trying to determine if they were “advertiser friendly”. This subjective term was never really explained clearly to video creators. However he learned that some of his videos were demonetized because the viewers could see a flashlight on a gun, a scope on a revolver, or put a screenshot of a website sold bullet molds, even though technically, none of these are actual violations of any of Youtube’s stated rules, even though they were used in a more educational and informative manner.
Here’s what he had to say about his video below:
HESH or HE round? Many gamers have debated this. Whatever you want to call it, we have a special 12ga slug that goes boom with impressive force. Obviously I have to word things carefully here on YT. Of course, this is filmed safely at a proper shooting range. Jerry made some CG changes to the design. You might THINK these would be considered a destructive device, but because they use just a small amount of a special “compound” they are actually legal, and might be for sale soon as a novelty round, like the Dragon’s Breath.
So just what is an HESH round?
Function. HESH rounds are thin metal shells filled with inert material (like coal-tar pitch), plastic explosive and a delayed-action base fuze. On impact, the inert material, followed by plastic explosive, is “squashed” against the surface of the target and spreads out to form a disc or “pat” of explosive.
Just what is an “HE” round and how does it work?
The most common shell type is high explosive, commonly referred to simply as HE. They have a strong steel case, a bursting charge, and a fuse. The fuse detonates the bursting charge which shatters the case and scatters hot, sharp case pieces (fragments, splinters) at high velocity.