June 5th, 2017 by AmSJ Staff

Take a look at these prototype 12 gauge Link Slugs made in the Northwest. These are very heavy slugs and are still under development. Since no high speed camera tests have been done yet, Taofledermaus had the pleasure of doing that. These shells were pre-loaded.

The heavy hitter slug weighs in at 1.53 oz, this baby moves at 1300 feet per seconds. Means it will deliver 2518 ft/lbs of kinetic energy. (knock down power) Have a look.

TAOFLEDERMAUS is famous for going the extra mile when testing out some of the wildest and weirdest experimental ammo, and making great videos with high-speed cameras.

Sources: Taofledermaus, Links Slugs, Jerry Linquist

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February 17th, 2017 by AmSJ Staff

For the shotgun user, we all like to try out different types of slugs, maybe you’ve come across the “needle”. The needle slug is a 3D printed Alumide shotgun projectile. Alumide is a mixture of nylon and aluminum powder. It makes a pretty strong structure, the load was only 4 grams so its a light load.

This was based on a “pen shank” created by Michael Yeh. Greg from TAOFLEDERMAUS Youtuber gets a chance to shoot this needle at a clump of clay and jelly down range. Check out the results below.

There were a few more shots taken at a vest without any level IIIA plates, see the video below.

Video Transcription

Hi this is Jeff of TAOFLEDERMAUS, today we’ve got another submission by Michael Yeh, a 3D printed, oddly-shaped projectile that’s based on a pen shank that he invented. That’s right. And like I said, this is printed with Alumide. Alumide is a mixture of nylon and aluminum powder. It makes a pretty strong structure, but it’s still pretty light. This only weighs four grams.

We’re out here shooting the 3D printed “needle”, the Needle is the name of this round made by Michael Yeh, you’ve seen him before, sending us some great 3D printed rounds. We’re gonna give this a try, you can tell it sorta looks like a rocket-pod on a helicopter. It’s got a couple of little through-and-through holes there, maybe we’ll get a little whistle out of them. So we’re gonna try them against Mr. Grumpy Clay down there, and see what we can get. Alright, Michael, let’s give this a try.

Ok I’m ready!

Here we go!



So you can see what we found, here. We found a little plug down here on the bottom, and all its little spires broke off. Then in here, one, two, three, and then the little tip. Right up in here, just the tip. And here’s what’s cool, this tip bent, but didn’t shear.

Wonder how it hit? Probably hit sideways or somethin’.

And then he took the wad to the nose. If you’re taking a wad to the nose, you’re doin’ it wrong.


Now you may have heard how quiet the shotgun was, we had a full-powder charge in there, but when you have a very lightweight load in there, something like four grams, it’s often not really enough to really light the powder and give it full velocity. And as you can see, this projectile never stabilized, flying sideways when it hit the clay. Ok, let’s take a shot at some ballistic jelly!




Oh yeah! That was better!


So the wad was stuck in the front, and you can see the needle round, there’s the point, it actually turned around.

Is that the front or the back? I see– look, you can see the track going through there!

This was the, uh…

No, what the heck happened there?

This…this almost looks like this is the track, but this thing did rotate, so… the wad was stuck in here. I dunno. We’ll have to see. But as I found it, it was still sitting like this.


Unless it did hit nose-first in there, and spun it around and caught the wad on the back side?

You can see some kind of a track, like, maybe it–wait. It went way in there and then bounced– it’ll spring back.

It’s actually in perfect condition.


Send that back to Michael for a refund!

Yeah! That’s the one I didn’t mark, too, for some reason.

You’ll be able to see it on slow-mo, but it either went in tip first and almost penetrated all the way through, or spun around.


Now this shot was noticeably louder, and you can see we have a much higher velocity. Another difference that we can see here is that we can see that the projectile is flying nose-first for most of the way, and then at the last split-second it flips around and hits the gel backwards. It’s interesting to see how the wadding is kind of engulfed in the cavitation hole there.

Home-defense distance!


Ok, I’m ready!

Also, not recommended for home defense! [fire]



Look at the triangular-shaped impact from that thing hitting sideways and kinda keyholing in there. It’s the almost exact same shape as this flying and going -boom- right there.

So that’s not very stable, but it was accurate enough!

Wad. Accurate enough for home defense!

[laughter] Yeah!

Look at the picture of the wad, it’s a perfect transfer, like silly putty.

Now this shot was noticeably louder, and it was flying at a much higher velocity this time. This is probably at least hitting mach 1.

So this is like, 300 yards, you say?

Yeah it’s about 300 yards, it’s a sniper shot.

Call of Duty 300 yards. Ok. It looks like we plant some hickock seeds. He’s starting to sprout up!

That’s right! It’s Roleplayer gaming 300 yards.

[laughter] Ok! Whenever you’re ready! [Shot] AWWWWW.

Ok that was another weak-sounding shot, but we had pretty good velocity. You can see the slug tumbling end-over-end, it never regained stability, though. But we still had fun doing it. I hope you check out michael’s channel, he does a lot of different stuff. Crossbows, he does some reloading, black powder stuff, it’s pretty
cool, the kid’s really smart, and has always impressed me. And some of the stuff we have coming up, the Australian Fosterless slugs, I’m not sure what we’re calling them there, we have another Tim Hamilton Turban brass slug design, and this is another Tim Hamilton-designed, just like the dumbell design that we shot the other day, and then finally we have the UPK2, a very cool russian slug, and here’s a demo of it.

OK, hit it! [Fire] wow.

I still have a lot of stuff that people have been waiting for me to shoot that they’ve sent to me, some of them waiting a couple months so bear with us, the weather hasn’t been very good, but we’re slowly catching up on this stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed this, thanks for watching.

Sources: TAOFLEDERMAUS Youtube

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September 2nd, 2016 by jhines

[su_heading size=”30″]Flying Knives[/su_heading]

World_s_SCARIEST_Ammo_The_SHREDDERThe guys from Taofledermaus took 12 large, extremely sharp X-Acto blades and loaded them into hi-brass 12gauge shotgun shells. They were hoping to see if the razors would stay intact. Will they work?

These are highly sharpen razor blades wrapped with industrial thread, the whole load is encased inside the 12 gauge shotgun shell. The threads were meant to hold them in place while in flight, but in this test it didn’t work out. Electrical tape was also used, but with the same result. See the full action below.


Various targets were used for testing such as watermelon, the head of a manequin and three large cucumbers.


Video Transcript:

Cameraman: What’s the scariest round you can think of for a Shotgun?

Assistant: Flying knives.

Cameraman: Flying knives. How ’bout twelve exacto-knife blades? One ounce-That’s one ounce of steel in a shotgun shell.

Assistant: Sharpened steel!

Cameraman: Extremely sharp. German-forged damascus steel there.


Cameraman: Let’s see if it’ll even load!

Assistant: Blackhammer.

Cameraman: This is a really bad idea.

Assistant: No problem, lookit that!

Cameraman: Like a dream. Let’s shoot something! Let’s see how well it slices. The ‘SHREDDER’ Round!

[Taofledermaus intro]

Cameraman: Quite a few viewers have wanted us to shoot razorblades out of a shotgun. Each blade is two inches long, razor-sharp, and we bundled ’em together with a piece of thread, hoping that will keep them together in flight. Now we have used that industrial thread before to hold objects like washers together, and those actually stayed together in flight and worked together fairly well. Just did not work in this case. As a quick fix we used some electrical tape and bundled then together even more, hoping that will keep them from splitting apart.

Cameraman: At least you hit that one! We had to wrap it with tape.

Assistant: Stabilizer.

Cameraman: This one, [strumming the metal stuck in the wood] you can tell how stuck in the wood that is. But I can’t explain this one. That’s kinda poking out of the bottom, and I can’t explain the physics behind that out of the top of the watermelon. And that one appeared to have gone… maybe- it had to have gone through it.


Cameraman: Whenever you’re ready!


Cameraman: What’d you bring? What are those?

Assistant: California drought watermelons.


Assistant: Yep!

Cameraman: Well let’s [laughter] That’s our last exacto blade round, let’s see if we can uh, slice and dice those up. [BANG] Ooh.

Cameraman: It would certainly seem that twelve exacto blades loaded into a shotgun shell would be the most terrifying, macho, deadly, terrifying round you can imagine. But there’s plenty of time-proven oldschool rounds that are very effective without gimmicky modifications. There’s never a shortage of companies trying to play on human’s emotions and coming out with a lot of gimicky stuff, and the companies always give them the most terrifying names, From the ‘Rip Ammo’ to the ‘Bow Bags’to the ‘Black Talons’. They’re almost never more effective than a traditional round, but they sure do play on people’s emotions.

Cameraman: Have you found this video interesting? Do you like to see weird things shot out of a shotgun? A lot of these are viewer suggestions. Check out my playlist, I have about seventy-five-plus videos in there. Hope you enjoyed this video, thanks for watching!

Source: Taofledermaus Youtube

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January 25th, 2016 by AmSJ Staff

This just has to be the world’s largest shotshell

TAOFLEDERMAUS was experimenting to see a big bang.

Watch this video and see this improvised giant shotshell hurl inflatable balls high into the air.

Their video displays an impressive homemade super shotshell.

All of the regular shotgun shell components are there that are usually needed, though significantly larger. The bucket is the shell, Tannerite is the propellant, and then the wadding and the projectiles are inflatable balls, in this case.

With a mighty explosion triggered by an accurate shot with an SKS rifle, the balls sail high into the sky. Now that is indeed a shotshell that is perfect for the next backyard barbecue.

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Source: TAOFLEDERMAUS, Youtube

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January 22nd, 2016 by AmSJ Staff

Can a Safe hold up against a Shotgun?

One of our past articles showed some flaws with the security of a gun safe and how you can accidentally crack those safes. Those techniques were considered the “soft” method. What about cracking it the old fashion way of “brute force”.

Taofledermaus has just the improvised shotgun shell to try on this tough target.

This test of wax slugs is against an old safe. Can an old safe be penetrated by these wax slugs? Well, a full can of beer is what is being protected inside of this safe.

Watch as a shotgun loaded with wax slugs tries to strong arm it. At first try the rounds went through but missed the beer can inside the gun safe. Second try the rounds went through the safe and destroyed the beer can. The damage is quite impressive to say the least.

Matt the shooter used a Mossberg 590 12 ga shotgun with wax slugs.

Wax slugs are home-improvised shotgun shells with the shot mixed with wax. This causes the shot and wax to hit the target like a slug.

Not much can hold up against the power of a 12 gauge shotgun.

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Story by Eric Nestor revised by AmSJ
Source: Youtube, Taofledermaus

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