The High-Tech Bullet That Does Something Pretty Cool to Help Hit Its Target

A high percentage of bullets fired miss their intended targets, especially in high stress situations. So a Colorado-based company has developed a bullet that makes it much easier for you to hit your target. How? It actually expands to “increase hit probability.”

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The company has three types of Mi3 Bullets ranging in impact power. The bullet, upon firing, splits and expands to increase the likelihood of it hitting its target. (Image source: Advanced Ballistics Concepts/Mi3 Bullet)

Developed by Advanced Ballistics Concepts, the Multiple Impact Technology (Mi3) bullet “unlocks and expands to a predetermined diameter and pattern of spread upon leaving the tip of a rifled barrel,” the company explained in a news release.

The Mi3 bullet is effective for close and mid-range use, creating a “spider web-like effect prior to impact.”

Here’s more about the tech packed into the bullet:

Mi3 is the first bullet to interconnect three separate segments with Kevlar strings that expand like a spider web to a predetermined diameter and spread pattern that not only dramatically improves the accuracy and hit probability, but does so without disrupting the normal flight path of a spinning bullet. Mi3 bullets employ a proprietary “accelerated radial spread”™ that compensates for most, if not all, of typical shooter error.

At the time the bullet was introduced in 2011, the company was developing three types: the non-lethal Mi3 Stinger, the semi-lethal Mi3 Stunner and fully-lethal Mi3 Stopper. The Mi3 is available for handguns and shotguns.

The technology is gaining attention again ahead of the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas next week where it will be on display.

Watch this 19-second demonstration of the bullet in action:

“Because every Mi3 bullet offers a wide shot profile, it compensates for marksman’s error which significantly increases hit probability,” Advanced Ballistics Concepts President Todd Kuchman said in a statement.

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Image source: Advanced Ballistics Concepts/Mi3 Bullet

From a safety standpoint Kuchman pointed out that Mi3 has “Smart-Stop” technology, which he described as a “braking system that can be configured to stop the bullet after hitting a typical household wall or live target.”

Watch Kuchman talk about the Mi3 in this demonstration video:

“Multiple Impact Bullets were designed because when you and your family’s safety is on the line, you can’t afford to miss,” Kuchman said in the video.

This bullet, which is available for preorder, isn’t the only weapon component claiming to increase accuracy, the precision-guided firearm by TrackingPoint, which claims to be the “most accurate shooting system in the world,” demanded a significant amount attention in the last year.

(H/T: Daily Mail, Gizmodo)