Just How Strong Is Titanium Really…Watch The ‘.50 Caliber Test’ & See For Yourself
I’m sure this is a question that comes-up every now and then- just how strong is titanium and can it withstand a direct hit from a .50 caliber round and just what kind of damage will it do ?
What is Titanium and where does it from…here is what Wikipedia had to say:
Titanium is a chemical element with symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is a lustrous transition metal with a silver color, low density, and high strength. Titanium is resistant to corrosion in sea water, aqua regia, and chlorine. Titanium was discovered in Cornwall, Great Britain, by William Gregor in 1791, and it is named by Martin Heinrich Klaproth for the Titans of Greek mythology. The element occurs within a number of mineral deposits, principally rutile and ilmenite, which are widely distributed in the Earth’s crust and lithosphere, and it is found in almost all living things, water bodies, rocks, and soils.The metal is extracted from its principal mineral ores by the Kroll and Hunter processes.The most common compound, titanium dioxide, is a popular photocatalyst and is used in the manufacture of white pigments. Other compounds include titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4), a component of smoke screens and catalysts; and titanium trichloride (TiCl3), which is used as a catalyst in the production of polypropylene.
That explanation was all well and good (if I had a degree in metallurgy that is), but since I don’t and because I’m a “visual hands-on kind of guy”, I like to SEE what happens when you shoot at some titanium with a Barrett .50 caliber rifle using armor piercing rounds.
Watch the video and see the result’s for yourself: