[GSBN] Bullet Resistance of Straw Bale Walls

Tom Hahn tomhahn at econet.org
Wed Aug 17 11:56:35 CDT 2016


John, and all - Not sure if that article is from this long ago, but it 
sounds similar to the one I remember being offered to The Last Straw in 
about 1996-97, when I was editor.  They were requesting afairly 
significant publishing fee, but at the time our circumstances didn't 
allow for that, so we decided to decline.  I don't think we were ever 
sent a copy of the whole article, but if so, it might be deep in the 
printed or digital archives of TLS from about 1996-97 (anything sound 
familiar Jeff? Joyce? Catherine? Matts?).

Best to everyone,

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> John Swearingen <mailto:jswearingen at skillful-means.com>
> August 17, 2016 at 7:34 AM
> 13895162_10157415125610393_7924676218645931904_n.jpg
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> The only test that I know was done by the husband of a woman who wrote 
> an article on strawbale for Survival Magazine.  This is probably what 
> John G remembers hearing about.  Somewhere I have a copy of that 
> magazine filed away.  The bales stopped or slowed light caliber 
> bullets, but not heavier ones, like a 30-30..
>
> This is a picture of the bales at the police station project that we 
> worked on earlier this year.  The target was courtesy of the police, 
> who had a lot of very interesting comments to make about their new 
> SWAT locker. :)
>
> John "Out on Bail" Swearingen
>
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> john rehorn <mailto:rehorn at frontier.net>
> August 16, 2016 at 5:38 PM
> I’d be willing to give it a try and document it on video.  I’m 
> guessing that the caliber of bullet used for armed conflict is similar 
> to a 30-30, and my guess is that it would go right through it at 100 
> feet.  Cement plaster would slow it quite a bit.  Want me to set it 
> up?  I probably need to do it in September when farming slows down. 
>  No paperwork would be required, LOL.
>
> John Rehorn
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> John Glassford <mailto:jacksflat at gmail.com>
> August 16, 2016 at 2:31 PM
> G ' day Darcy
>
> I remember a conversation with the Straw Dogs when we visited 
> California on the Great International Straw Bale Caravan from Tuscon 
> to San Francisco cannot exactly remember the year 1998 I think.
>
> Turko Semmes <http://semmesco.com/> and the other Straw Dog talked 
> about firing certain types of guns into straw bales.
>
> It was a fun morning and we laughed a lot however the conversation is 
> sort of fuzzy now but I am sure they said that a rendered SB would 
> stop a .303 bullet.  I may be wrong.
>
> Kind regards
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> Darcey Donovan <mailto:darcey at paksbab.org>
> August 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM
>
> Hello friends,
>
> Are there any tests out there regarding the bullet resistance of straw 
> bale walls? It is a concern in Pakistan, and I've received an inquiry 
> about it and if cement plaster would increase it.
>
> Our bales are 13" thick and we use earthen plasters, lime-stabilized 
> earthen plasters and lime plasters.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Darcey
>
> Darcey Messner Donovan, P.E.
>
> Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building (PAKSBAB)
>
> +1-530-902-5516 Ph
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