In my book, ‘The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle’, I had Rob cut crosses in the heads of bullets to stop them exiting the target and putting holes in an aeroplane fuselage while in flight. Well, with these little beauties he would not have had that worry.
The manufacturer markets them as protector rounds for women alone at home defending their property. Hmm. I would have thought that even a loaded .22 pistol would have the desired effect – I sure as hell wouldn’t want ‘even’ a .22 slug in me! These little fellas, though, euphemistically named R.I.P – Radically Invasive Projectile – would give no second chances. Even if the shot was not immediately fatal, the target would almost certainly bleed out quickly.
If we look at home invasion, a phenomenon that seems mostly to take place mostly in the USA, it must be a terrifying event for any victim. In spite of this being a heinous, dreadful act, should such a projectile still be used? Are we not wandering down a sad and dehumanising path? Even in war, dum-dum bullets have been banned for their ability to cause horrific, un-fixable wounds – these things are just a refined dum-dum. And yes, I know hollow points – a legal ammunition – change shape on entry to increase ricochet potential once inside the chest cavity. Do we need even more mayhem?
If you have a loaded gun with regular bullets I would have thought that hitting the target would be a pretty effective deterrent without the evisceration promoted by these RIP slugs. After all if you miss with a normal bullet, you will also miss with one of these but there is more potential for ricochet of shards in a confined space. I would be interested to see what legal standing the lonely housewife would have if using these on a victim. Overkill, anybody?
Having said all that, come the ZA they’d be pretty damn effective in close range combat – head shots would take on a whole new vista – but a warning – cover your mouth with a filter of any sort, when inhaled, the fine spray these would create would soon convert you into a legitimate target for said ammo.
Zombie books by David K Roberts:
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle – Cabin Fever (Sequel)
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle
The story that triggered this blog: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547765/New-devastating-hollow-R-I-P-bullet-dubbed-round-need-released-single-women-protect-homes.html