A sniper that shoots an exploding bullet, sounds far fetched out of a James Bond movie. Exploding rounds have been around since World War II. The Germans made an 8mm rifle ammunition which exploded upon impact.
Though the round was banned by the Hague Convention this didn’t stop the usage of it. During World War II both Russia and Germany were firing exploding bullets from sniper rifles. These vicious projectiles were used horrifically on human targets during the war.
Originally these exploding rounds concepts were used for sabotage operations which were left behind for enemy forces, generally insurgents, to find and use. It was designed to explode and destroy the weapon it is used in and perhaps injure or kill the person attempting to fire the weapon. Some exploding rounds were used to sight in guns and used in small arms exploding ammunition can include rocket-propelled grenades or mortar shells.
Inside these rounds a projectile within a projectile. A little firing pin is embedded inside of it and would strike the explosive on impact.
YouTuber The Mosin Crate gets a chance to shoot off some very old World War II exploding sniper bullets.
The German Mauser Rifle was the sniper’s choice for the German army. The 8mm rifle projectile was very lethal in the hands of a skillful sniper. Even to this day over 70 later, these exploding bullets are not to be reckon with. The test results from Mosin Crate certainly will surprise you.