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Who will win: car windscreen or airgun pellet?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Ruddles, Mar 1, 2014.

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  1. Ruddles

    Ruddles Engaging Member

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    A friend has just had his rear windscreen shatter whilst his car was sitting on his driveway. It's a Mini, so it's a fairly vertical piece of glass, i.e. an impact would be at nearly 90° rather than a glancing blow. He hadn't just parked it there, it had been there for a while and was cold, although he says he'd just cleaned it.

    Does anyone have any first-hand experience of shooting at toughened glass with an air rifle? Would a pellet be able to exert enough pressure to break it?
     
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    Air gun pellets struggle to break toughened glass..........if you really want to break some try a catapult like a Black Widow with some 9mm steel ball....oonly if its legal though
     
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    Be careful with catapults...very famous guy on youtube shot at a piece of reinforced security glass like on visors and had it richocet few feet to the side of him and go through windows....
     
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    seen a bb rifle do it but not a lead pellet
     
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    Not sure how cold it got in Gloucester ( aka Glevum Castra) but if the windscreen was really cold and he used warm water that could have shattered it. It happened to me and it wasa while after cleaning that the whole thing seemed to implode!
    Dag
     
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    Toughened glass will shatter quite easily if hit by a pellet form an air rifle, it will shatter even easier if hit by a BB from even a low powered pistol
     
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    :)

    It was a nice day here. It was a while after he'd washed it that it happened.

    mini.jpg

    He's wondering whether some sort of miscreant or ne'er-do-well might have caused it, so I'm trying to rule that out for him. It would have had to have been first shot because he was standing close by at the time and didn't have any warning.
     
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    A lead pellet can but it's not guaranteed, the thing is it when it does break the window it leaves a nice neat bullet hole in the middle of a completely crazed but otherwise intact piece of glass, not knock a big chunk out like in the picture.
     
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    Hi ruddles , I was a glazer for 20 years and toughened glass is very hard to break when his flat on it breaks very easy when hit on one of the edges .
    A framed panel of 10 mm toughened glass will take many a swing from a sledge hammer if hit flat on tap the edge it blows up . A car windows about 4 / 5 mm thick but i don't think a led pellet would brake it but that's just my opinion .
    cheers scott
     
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    A few years ago I was in the sitting room and heard a sharp crack from the dining room - the glass in one our patio doors was totally crazed. My first thought was that someone had taken a shot at it, but closer examination showed the outer pane of the double glazed unit was undamaged.

    Nothing could have fallen against it and the insurance assessor put it down to stress in the frame.
     
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    I've heard of this happening randomly to vehicle glass too..
     
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    Stones can flick up from car tyres as they are passing, we thought this was the case last year when my neighbours Astra back window was smashed but the following night my van was smashed... Bloody non standard limo privacy glass took a week to arrive in stock with Auto Windscreens.

    We came to the conclusion it was some little drunken or drugged up to$$er as the day after another neighbours was done!

    Now got CCTV installed and all has been quiet.
     
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    The rear windscreen on my car just shatterd like that and was pretty loud i never thought it was beaded into the frame properly , cost £70 to get autoglass to replace it through the insurance
     
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    the back window in a car is the weakest off all windows on a car. i tried smashing a front windscreen on a car with a golf ball sized brick thrown full force point blank and it just pinged off. i recently shot my bedroom window out (by accident) and the pellet only made a small hole. i doubt it very much a pellet has done that to his car.
     
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    why were you trying to smash a windscreen :eek:
     
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    i had my isuzu trooper broken in to a few years ago and when the police turned up they reconed that the glass is often broken with a handful of small gravel thrown at it , i am not saying this is what happened but just as a comparison, ok a piece of pea shingle is heavier than an airgun pellet but when thrown it would be travelling at much less velocity !
     
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    A Car front windscreen will stop 9mm Parabellum! so its no probs to stop an airgun pellet
     
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    This is the only way to be sure

    [video]www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4untYgEMLE[/video]
     
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    Easiest way to break a car window is with a piece of ceramic, like a shard off the insulator of a spark plug... like a hot knife through butter!

    Fire a little fragment from a Co2 pistol and see.
     
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    LOL, dont ask matey!
     
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