AMMOTEST: 7.62×39 HEI High Explosive Incendiary ammo

AMMOTEST: 7.62×39 HEI High Explosive Incendiary ammo

A look at historic explosive incendiary rounds in 7.62×39, These have a Tetryl explosive with an internal firing mechanism in the projectile.

This is an explosive incendiary round made up of a steel jacket enclosing a firing pin, tetryl explosive capsule and incendiary mixture in the bullet tip. Upon impact the firing pin strikes the explosive capsule whereon the explosion scatters the incendiary mixture.

A diagram and cutaway photo show the internal components of this complex projectile. The test in this video show the destructive capabilities of this ammunition.

Always be safe, responsible, and respectful with firearms.

History, Education, Collectible Ammunition

50 Comments

  1. TGChauncyy on September 22, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I Typed Explosive Rounds Because Gta5, Turns Out They Really Exist

  2. Adam100A on September 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Man where do you get the exotic ammos at?

  3. Frank Atchison on September 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    If the starting fluid can was half full, it most likely would have ignited. Not enough oxygen ether.

  4. OldManMontgomery on September 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Curious re the effectiveness of this round as a ‘spotter’. My experience with spotter rounds are limited to my Marine Corps time; many, many winters ago. The spotter rounds for (106mm recoilless cannon were) designed to duplicate the trajectory of the high energy round fired and verify the aiming of the gun prior to setting off the big round. I cannot imagine this round would show much target corrspondence with a recorded velocity of around 1500 fps (assuming the numbers superimposed on the screen were chronograph readings) versus the ball ammunition velocity of around 2350 fps or so.  

    Perhaps to ‘mark’ a target or target zone? You said ‘incendiary’. From my murky memory, an incendiary round would start a fire in combustible items. I rather expected the phone book to catch fire. Kind of disappointing.

  5. Pootin Plays on September 22, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    I would like to see this exact same test but like a cup of gasoline. fmj vs hei

  6. Brian Leabo on September 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Where can I get some

  7. Taras Wertelecki on September 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    I would love to see these bullets fired at military body armor and helmets.

  8. Benjimen Franklin on September 22, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Spotting bullets ? I thought that was what tracers were for ? Good video anyway 😉.

  9. Daniel Green on September 22, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Didnt think they came in such small calibres but a deffinate must have for a Sniper

  10. Mark Green on September 22, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Why was the velocity so low? Cool rounds though, wish I could get my hands on some of them.

  11. FaZe TJay on September 22, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    That yellow tip gone rip yo leg off 🤣🤦🏽

  12. Steve on September 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    SpongeBob never hurt anyone! How could you?

  13. Legendary Pillow on September 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Ah so this is how the explosive effect works in fallout 4….

  14. Gunny D on September 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Yes. Vapor ignites, not liquid.

  15. Chris Rayburn on September 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    To much fuel too fast will smother or extinguish the fire

  16. joe w on September 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    The explosion definently took out the flame. Actually fire departments are testing exploding canisters to snuff out fires fast. Also the chinese are using a rocket launching vehicle similar to the MLRS to launch a special rocket to take out fires in high rise buildings

  17. Joseph Beaver on September 22, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    The enrgy and muzzle velocity u had shown was way off for 7.62 by 39 becasue it was listed as 160 grs 2700 fps and that would have to be for a 308 or 7.62 by 51

  18. more options on September 22, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Super great rare video

  19. Vaughan erwin on September 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Can these still be imported?

  20. vsmeeka S. on September 22, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Great video thanks. Recently started a job making ammo and this helps understand it some since I’m a visual learner 🤙🏾

  21. Sol2 WIT on September 22, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    That’s more than a bullet if It explodes. That will be a shell. Shell is another name for a bullet that donates

  22. muhammad koπtol (erectile dysfunction) on September 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Interesting they have a HE 30 cal what’s the use of it? To make barrels go boom?

  23. SirShootsAlot on September 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Hello I’m 9 years late but you gained a subscriber today 😌 keep it up

  24. Hmmm Andrew Hmmm ZIBELL on September 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    BLOW THAT WAY <—-

  25. Master Po on September 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    When he shook the bullet to hear the firing pin noise I was thinking the next sound we will hear is BANG! I’m going to stop opening old 50cal rds. with a hacksaw now. The AP inserts are fun to have.

  26. Posse Games on September 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    how tf do you get this kinda ammo?

  27. Alpha on September 22, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Lol. Don’t drop them, but here…listen to them shake around! Classy bro. 😂

  28. Baer on wheels on September 22, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    That was most likely the situation the explosion put out the flames it’s not uncommon they have been putting out oil well fires for decades first came along by discovery of a torpedo line operator which is now commonly known as Wireline, the use of the explosive to consume all the oxygen to Snuff out the flames but because of the hot metal around the well it will reignite the well fire

  29. Thomas Raithel on September 22, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    I’m late to the party – but excellent ! Thank you !!!
    😎👍

  30. Samuel Jones on September 22, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    For explosion you need correct mixsure fuel, air and heat impulse.
    Here we have, after explosion broken banance, too much fuel (gas in liquid phase) compared to air and heat energy.
    It calls Lower and Upper explosion limit.

  31. Elias D on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    This ammo was made to shoot down aircraft. I don’t think shooting a person would be much help. They are worked well against aluminum and canvas type aircraft. At least this type was originally was used for and helped work as a tracer.

  32. Dee Holland on September 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Very cool. I could see a lot of handy applications for this ammo in a firefight

  33. Tony Ackrill on September 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    the starter fluid may not be highly flamable as it containes oil

  34. Andy Reid on September 22, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    The exploding bullets are called Observer Bullets, by the RAF, and were used on fighters to (A) show where hits were going, (B) to ignite any fuel leaks caused by Ball & AP bullets and (C) kill enemy aircrew, especially defensive gunners on enemy bombers.

    Both the Germans & Soviets used these as sniper ammunition of the Russian Front.

  35. Tusk on September 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    should try them on balistic gel, they do way more damage then hollow point

  36. The King 👑 on September 22, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    How does the gforce from the muzzle energy not detonate the round? If dropping I can detonate it?

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  38. Spencer on September 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Imagine this in an automatic ak.

  39. arkie74 on September 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Where can I get some?….
    Wal-Mart are not selling alot.
    And I think people piss on the sks 7.62×39, is bias because it’s Russian or Chinese. I love my sks, it’s been dressed up, but nothing fancy just modernized. and I have no complaints. It’s very accurate easy to handle for me, I’m happy with it.

  40. 3npitsu on September 22, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Weren’t those the ammo inside air belts of ww2 planes

  41. Nicholas on September 22, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I think why the can didnt explode is because the round went off in the can.
    I think if it went off in a gaseous environment it probably would be a much more violent reaction

  42. Rooster J on September 22, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I got into a 1000 rounds of this same ammo back in the early 90s. Loads of fun too.

    We ignited gas with it and set some tumbleweeds on fire. It possible. I put a round just above a coffee can with a couple cups of gas in it. It blew into a fire ball, but I’m sure it was due to the fumes hovering above the can. I shot a shampoo bottle with gas in it and it didn’t catch, but the next round set the fumes off. I was firing it out of a Norinco pre ban SKS and a Norinco AK-47. I never could find anymore of these rounds. In 1991 I believe a lot of ammo came over through Mexico. Everybody was selling 7.62X39mm back then. In the small southern New Mexico town I loved in the grocery and the dry goods store sold it as well as the Whites Auto and the NAPA store. You could get it at the register at our grocery store as long as you were 18 or with your parents. In 1991 we were getting a ton of steel core and hollow point ammo. As low as $1.25 for 20 rounds. It seemed like everybody had an SKS of some sort. Paratroopers, detachable mag carbines, Standards and Standard paratrooper models. I had 4 AK pattern rifles Norinco, Poly Tech, etc. All from the 80s pre 1989. I love the 7.62X39mm round. I got to shoot 10s of thousands into the 20,000s or more. I lost count. I was single and lived upstairs at my parents house so I had no Bill’s. I was 21 in 1991 so I could buy any firearm I wanted. Great time to be alive in.

  43. Nawas on September 22, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Hei is almost saying hello in swedish lol

  44. N Denise on September 22, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Ether when released quickly will cool due to gasification. The fire triangle requiring heat, oxygen,and fuel. Cool it too much, and no fire

  45. Sionso Schwalts on September 22, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Cutaway looks just like B-Patrone…

  46. iamkitkatbar on September 22, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    drop test the ammo

  47. Jon T on September 22, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    just curious……if u are running a drug empire in Mexico and u have to fight off a mexican fedarales helicopter,do explosive rounds work better than normal bullets?or is it better to use a minigun or some sort of "antiair" like a RPG…..IV seen an army of men take on a FBI helicopter with assault rifles and lose,I mean that thing is literally peppered with holes,some movies the helicopter goes down after taking a bullet in the fuel tank,but in this case the helicopter seems made of indestructible plot armour.

  48. Rodiculous on September 22, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Unfortunately without a gel test we can’t tell much, but it’s not like you can get them super easily anyways

  49. WAT on September 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    how are these even manufactured?

  50. Matthew Smith on September 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    If world of tanks taught me anything it’s that HE rounds don’t penetrate well

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