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What Happens? Shotgun Shell Exploding OUTSIDE a Gun!!

Have you seen a shell that explodes just as it leaves the barrel?A shotgun cartridge is the standard type of ammunition used on a shotgun.

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We test out a Fith Ops perimeter trip alarm to show what happens when a shotgun shell goes off outside the chamber of a shotgun.The cartridge has a cylindrical shape and normally measures between 2.75 inches (70 mm) and 3.5 inches (89 mm) in length.

Has a charge of gunpowder and lead pellets or thicker posts made to be fired from a shotgun. Shotgun cartridges are usually plastic (formerly cardboard) but have a thin brass base, although they can be made entirely of brass, paper, or other combinations of these materials.


The measurement of a shotgun cartridge is normally measured with an English measurement known as gauge. The most common measure of shotgun cartridge is the gauge 12. When the restraint is caliber cartridge, a smaller number means a larger cartridge.