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I thought this might be of interest to some you folks. The article is found at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/29/international/europe/29POLA.html

But since the New York Times requires a registered password to access their articles, just to be on the safe side, I copied the article below.

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November 29, 2001

INOWROCLAW JOURNAL

Terrorists, Beware! Pole Says His Bullet Is Better

By IAN FISHER

NOWROCLAW, Poland, Nov. 26 — Wojciech Stecki, a modest if quietly quirky soldier, opened an interview here by reaching into his black briefcase. First he took out a tray of eggnog-flavored cookies, which were not bad. Then he pulled out a second item: a sleek 9-millimeter pistol.

An odd combination, maybe, but it made perfect sense in the case of Warrant Officer Stecki, 34, who has become a plucky point of national pride as Poland considers how it too can help in the global fight against terrorism.

"I have been housebroke — I now have experience dealing with journalists," he said, offering the cookies, a form of hospitality, as he endured, by his count, his 39th press interview.

The gun? It is a home for a special bullet he developed — in his spare time, at his kitchen table — that he hopes someday will be widely used on airplanes against terrorists.

His bullet is not strictly new, but no matter. This is the story of an ordinary soldier who patriotically quotes a Communist-era propaganda slogan of self-reliance: "A Pole can do it."

Using little more than a toothbrush, tweezers, modeling tools and the hair dryer he shares with his wife, Mr. Stecki has built a slightly different and possibly better bullet that will not pierce a plane's hull. He calls it the Paradox; it is designed not to kill but to deliver a fearsome blow.

Wojciech Stecki, a Polish soldier who has developed an antiterrorist bullet, tests it at a shooting range. He has become a source of national pride.

Both these properties — and the fact that the bullet is made for the powerful and widely used 9-millimeter handgun — could make it ideal for use by air marshals in a world where planes can themselves be weapons. Such use is, at any rate, Mr. Stecki's dream, as well as that of Mesko, the state-owned ammunition factory, which is exploring putting the new bullet into production.

"I have great hope all the airlines will order this bullet," said Piotr Jaromin, Mesko's sales and marketing director. "I do hope so."

But in the same breath, Mr. Jaromin grumbles about the media storm that Mr. Stecki has kicked up — at times against what Mr. Stecki complains is Mesko's foot-dragging in signing a contract with him (which still has not happened). In Poland, nearly every newspaper, magazine, radio and television station has run a story about the likable, earnest and apparently business-savvy Mr. Stecki. The stores have played up Mr. Stecki as a common man who did something extraordinary, with varying degrees of precision as to the properties, novelty or marketability of his bullet.

"It's very easy to sell a topic like this to the media," Mr. Jaromin said. "But philosophically, it's not worth all this fuss."

Przemyslaw Kupidura, a professor at the Military Academy of Technology in Warsaw and an expert on ammunition, said the timing and topic accounted for much of the fuss.

"There was a real need for people to read something saying that we are not all helpless from terrorism," he said. "It was psychological."

Poland, a new NATO member with particularly close ties to the United States, has been eager not to just sit by helplessly. Last week, the government announced that in January it would send 300 troops, including 80 elite commandos. to Afghanistan.

Mr. Stecki, whose day job is firing missiles from helicopters, says the bullet was inspired long before Sept. 11. Eleven years ago, he and a fellow soldier were attacked by 10 men in a restaurant here and his friend was badly hurt. Ever since, Mr. Stecki said, he has been obsessed by the idea of a gun that could be used in self-defense but would not kill.

At first, he experimented with pistols that fire gas instead of bullets (he used one, in fact, the night he was attacked, but to no effect). Then he began tinkering with a type of so- called nonlethal ammunition, developed about 20 years ago in the United States. Instead of a metal slug, the round consists of a small cotton bag filled with buckshot. Theoretically, the bag hits with enough punch to knock down an assailant, but expands to a size that will generally not penetrate the skin.

Most such bullets have been developed for shotguns, according to Terry Gander, editor of Jane's Infantry Weapons, an arms yearbook. But several companies have developed them for handguns, including Mesko, which markets three types of these bullets for .38-caliber revolvers.

Mr. Stecki's advance, developed this year during four months of tinkering at night with his homemade tools, appears to have come in two areas:

His bullet is for a 9-millimeter handgun, widely used by law-enforcement officers. He claims to have overcome the technically difficult challenge of creating a round that will let a 9-millimeter gun be fired and reloaded without jamming.

His bullet, he says, is also far more reliable than others developed for the .38 and another, created by Bulgarian ammunition makers but never marketed, for the 9-millimeter.

"I was able to wrap it all up," he said.

Many questions remain: Mesko has tested only 40 rounds of Mr. Stecki's bullet. Then there is the question of marketability. Most airlines, Mr. Gander said, balk at allowing any type of firearm on a plane.

Still, Mr. Stecki is hopeful and, along with Mesko, he envisions the bullet also having appeal as a nonlethal form of self-defense anywhere. Helping fight terrorism would be a plus, he said, given that the original inspiration was to fend off — but not kill — men like the ones who attacked him 11 years ago.

"If I had had this ammunition then," he said, "the whole thing would have looked much different."
 

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... must ... not ... make ... jokes ... about ... Polish ... commandoes ...

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True, except that the Glaser is not nearly as politically correct, seeing as how it makes horrendous and usually fatal wounds (although I don't think all that many people have been shot with them). They aren't designed to be nonlethal.

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Yeah, I read this and thought, the guy's friend was seriously wounded in an attack some years ago when his "gas gun" wouldn't take care of the attackers. Now he wants to shoot them with tiny beanbags? He is in the wrong profession....
 

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The article says almost nothing about how the bullet is actually constructed. A non-lethal but incapacitaing 9mm? Hell, you can't even get that with standard 9mm loads!


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I still find it interesting that many people believe the myth of explosive decompression caused by a bullet or two....

when you have pressurized airplanes that can maintain pressure with up to 3 windows missing....you have to wonder how much damage a couple rounds of 9mm will do to an airliner.
 

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Like the guy at the bullet-factory said, this guy IS selling it to the media, the wonder-bullet that "magically" is nice to the nice criminals.

Stop the badguy? With all the cases of a bullet causing fatal wounds and STILL not stopping someone, how will something that cannot break the skin help? This sounds akin to being shot in a bullet-proof vest, except if this guy were using something with even the weight of a bullet I can't see it punching through the skin.

With lives on the line (potentially MANY more than on the plane) is designing a bullet that does LESS damage the answer?
 

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I'll be more interested when the real test occurs. Right now I see a bunch of media hype similar to the last "wonder bullet" crap. Get back to us when someone we believe runs real tests.
 

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If if works like the 12ga or 37mm bean bag guns we use in police work it will be next to useless. I have hit people with both the 12ga and 37's and they just laugh at me, especially if they have been drinking.

Since more weight and mass can be carried in the 12's and 37's I can't see where a 9 will carry enough weight to do any good.
 
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