The Boom Box is an expanded hollow point example kit, which includes fifteen different bullets that have been live fired, cleaned up, clear coated, and labeled.
Does the .45 ACP really more stopping power than 9mm? Which manufacturer makes the best self defense bullet? These are the questions that instructors and gun store owners hear every day. Now they can have a real tool to help teach the trade-offs and compromises with each caliber.
The Boom Box is the first educational tool of its kind for the gun industry, and can help everyone from NRA Certified Instructors, to law enforcement instructors, to gun store owners. Instructors can show the differences between the most popular pistol calibers, and use the Boom Box to kick start a discussion on bullet weight, expansion, terminal ballistics, and lethality. Gun store salespeople can keep a Boom Box on the counter to help educate customers on caliber differences, adding some wisdom to the customers' purchasing decisions.
The Boom Box includes a 9mm, a .40 S&W, and a .45 ACP expanded bullet in five of the most popular self defense hollow point bullets, for a total of fifteen bullets.
The bullet types are:
- Federal HST
- Speer Gold Dot
- Hornady XTP
- Sig Sauer V-Crown
- Barnes TAC-XPD
Anthony Zambai, mechanical engineer and owner of Bullet Bouquets, started the business shooting Federal HSTs into a tall bucket of water, then turning the expanded bullets into desktop ornaments, jewelry and magnets.
He says, “It's fulfilling to expand from making novelties, into making solid educational tools for the gun community.” He adds, “With the Boom Box, we're providing a great value, since buying fifteen boxes of self defense ammo would set a shooter back a minimum of $300, and then they'd still need to cast the ballistics gelatin, shoot the rounds, and recover the slugs.”
After a year of improving on processes and techniques, Bullet Bouquets gets consistent expansions that closely mimic established terminal ballistic test results. They shoot each round, one by one, and recover them. After some cleanup, they spray a durable clear coat on the exposed lead to keep it from oxidizing and discoloring, as well as helping to keep the lead off of fingers. Finally, the expanded bullets are each labeled with caliber, brand, and bullet weight, and are displayed in a small plastic box, with a bullet in each compartment.
Now that the Boom Box is available, customers and students don't have to rely on vague accounts and descriptions, they get to feel the caliber differences first hand.
For more information on the Boom Box, visit www.bulletbouquets.com.