A bullet is a firearms term related to ammunition. It generally describes the projectile which is fired from a rifle, pistol, and other types of guns. Bullets are most commonly made of lead or copper, although armor piercing bullets may be made of steel or other alloys.
According to gun writer Matthew Boyd, a bullet is "the projectile that is propelled downrange when a gun is fired. Bullet cores are usually made of lead that is often jacketed or semi-jacketed in copper or a copper alloy. Or not jacketed at all (a.k.a. cast or swaged lead bullets)."
Bullets vary widely in size. Many pistols fire bullets that are only eight millimeters in diameter. In contrast, a 50-caliber rifle fires bullets that may be larger than an inch in diameter, and some guns, such as mounted anti-aircraft machine guns, may fire bullets that are several inches in diameter.
In a broad sense, a bullet differs from a missile primarily in the fact that a bullet does not have any method of guiding or propelling itself. Both the direction a bullet travels and the velocity it reaches are determined solely in and by the barrel of the firing mechanism. In contrast, a missile, broadly defined, generally carries a supply of propellant and may include a guidance system.
- "All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better." - Anonymous
- Investing in tangibles is a major component of the fiscal conservatism, conservative values and American values of prepping as well as an inflation hedge. It is an investment in your survival that recognizes the fragility of our interconnected and networked systems of support. It is referred to as prepping with the mnemonic called the 8-B's: "Beans-Bullets-Bandaids-Books-Bullion-Batteries-Brotherhood-Being"
Bibliography - Further Reading
- Party, Boston T., Boston's Gun Bible. Wyoming: American Redoubt Javelin Press, 2009 revision to 2002 edition. Chapter 9: Combat rifle cartridges. Chapter 21: Bolt action rifle cartridges. Chapter 25: Handguns - Handgun cartridges. Chapter 26: My Shopping List - Ammo for your rifle. Chapter 29: Reloading.
- Rawles, James Wesley, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It - Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times', New York: Plume/Penguin Books, 2009. Released September 30, 2009, 336 pages, ISBN-10: 0452295831, ISBN-13: 978-0452295834, Audible.com Audio book, Amazon.com Paperback. Chapter 10: Home security and Self-defense. Chapter 11: Firearms for Self-sufficiency and Self-defense.
- Rawles, James Wesley, Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own. New York: Plume/Penguin Books, 2015. Released December 30, 2014, 368 pages, ISBN-10: 0452298121, ISBN-13: 978-0452298125, Reviews, Audible.com Audio book, Amazon.com Paperback. Chapter 11: Rifles, Shotguns, and Handguns
- Tappan, Mel, Survival Guns. Boulder, Colorado: Paladin Press, Released November 1, 2009. 480 pages. ISBN-10: 1581607199, ISBN-13: 978-1581607192.  Amazon.com Paperback]