Cross sectional photos of ammunition


Sabine Pearlman made cross sectional photographs of 900 specimens of ammunition inside a World War II bunker in Switzerland. "The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object." AMMO (via PetaPixel)


  1.  “The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beautify of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object.”

    In before the gun nuts screech “how dare you imply that the purpose of ammunition is inherently destructive!”

    1. In before some random contrarian screeches “how dare you imply that destruction is inherently bad!” … that would be silly.

      Honestly, I doubt even the most nutty gun fan would argue against the destructive purpose of ammunition.

      1. Indeed: I believe “gun nuts” will agree that guns are “for destruction”; it’s more the idea that guns are “for murder” they object to.

        The point of the device is flinging high velocity metal at things — they destroy.  But they can destroy a lot of things that aren’t people, like delicious game animals, attacking predators, clay targets, etc.

        1. lotta things need destroyin’ – maybe it would get better play if the adjective was :

          “vast contrast to the transformative purpose of the object.”

    2. You definitely made that cutoff since nobody even remotely like that has shown up. But I’m pretty sure you didn’t seriously expect anyone to come on here and say ammo is actually full of kittens and rainbows, you’re just trotting out one of those popular “any firearms owner who doesn’t agree with me about everything is a blood-gargling psychotic” strawmen.

    3. We need a term for the “In before” accusation, something more specific than Strawman. Definitely deserves a yellow card.

  2. No description as to what each bullet is? 

    I can guess the Flechette round and hollow point, but what’s that blue one?

      1.  Here’s the blue training round.  It’s like a “carnival load” for a .308, but still deadly under 100 yards. probably for training people that have no shooting experience.

        “…….Plastic projectile. 7.62 NATO – 308 Short Range Training Ammunition,
        accurate up to 300 meters. Non corrosive, made in Germany, milsurp from
        the 90s. …”

  3. These are beautiful but I would have appreciated if they had captions mentioning the type of round depicted.

    1. And possibly something about the reason for the designs.  I mean, ‘it’s a flechette round’ tells me no more than the picture where a bullet has a little dart thingy through it.

        1. Yeah, I read that, and it describes it basically as I did – round that shoots a little dart thingy instead of a conventional bullet.  Examples in pop culture include cyberpunk novels, because “flechette” sounds cool and futuristic.

  4. They are all intersting bullets/cartridges.  In the sample photos:
    Left (not sure), Center is a flechette round, right is a triplex round.

    Center and right are probably from Project Salvo and look like 7.62×51 Nato cartridges.

    1.  I don’t think it would set it off, but I suppose you can disassemble the round, saw it in half and re-assemble it for the photo.

  5. These photos are beautiful.

    I did not perceive the “vast contrast” or the “evil” mentioned in the photographer’s blurb, but I can see how others would. Bullets are more precise and humane than the bear trap, the land mine, and the butchery of the sword.

  6.  I don’t think any of these are WW2 rounds.

    Remember, this is an artist doing this. Don’t expect any research or facts.

  7.  They were shot in a WWII bunker, there’s no explicit mention of them all being from WWII. I’m assuming someone decided that a WWII bunker was a fitting place to house an ammo collection

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