I was on Twitter earlier and saw a post from Thomas Massie supposedly debunking the idea that the AR-15 is built to inflict the most damage possible. His argument is that a .223 or 5.56 is just a small round about the size of at .22. I know that’s true, but clearly there’s more to it than that. The AR-15 round travels at a much greater speed and so must deliver more energy. I don’t know the math on this, but just assuming more speed = more energy = greater damage. Also, I was reading some of the comments to his tweet and saw some people comment that the round tumbles once in the body and therefore inflicts more damage.
Now I have since read two articles: one from and army medic that says he’s seen hundred of bullet wounds and the 5.56 NATO round just punches right through and doesn’t actually do that much damage. The other was stating that the bullets tumble and come out the other side much larger than they went in. So which is true?
I am just curious as I have no compunction about a bullet doing the most damage possible. If someone is trying to harm me or my family, I want that actually.