How Many Gunshots and What Calibre is Needed to Bust Open a Padlock

By Casey Chan on at

We see it in movies all the time: somebody needs to get through a locked door? Shoot up that padlock with your gun and boom, you’re clear on the other side. But does that actually work in real life?

Demolition Ranch attempted to find out with different guns and different bullet calibers and a whole lot of shooting to find out.

A .22 and a 9mm bullet needs multiple shots on a padlock and they don’t quite get the job done. Rifles work better, shotguns work amazing and a Barrett M82 works best.