Cross-section photographs of bullets are strangely fascinating

Sabine Pearlman's photographs find beauty in the destructive engineering of ammunition with this series of cross-sections of bullets cartridges from a Swiss bunker. They reveal the complexity inside each case.

This series, which consists of 900 specimens, was photographed inside a WWII bunker in Switzerland. Pearlman says that she is intrigued by the beautiful complexity of the ammo set against its destructive purpose, at once showing off humanity's ability to create and destroy. You can see more cross-sections on Pearlman's website.

[Sabine Pearlman via mashKULTURE]

Cross-section photographs of bullets are strangely fascinating

Cross-section photographs of bullets are strangely fascinating

Edit: Commenter Phil Metal Jacket points us to these labels, identified by Redditor DrakeGmbH. From top to bottom, left to right:

1. Some flavor of 5.56x45 loaded with a steel projectile in a copper half-jacket to protect the bore

2. 5.56mm XM216 SPIW Flechette

3. 7.62/.220 Salvo Squeezebore


1. 7.62x51mm Plastic short-range training tracer

2. This one is curious - it looks like a 7.62x51mm but the interior looks like a 'sabotage' cartridge as it appears to be loaded with a blasting cap and a small amount of explosive. Upon further consideration, I believe it may be a 7.92mm Mauser rather than a 7.62mm NATO based on the case dimensions and bullet construction.

3. 6.5x55mm wood bullet blank (guessing at the cartridge on that one, it looks right!)


1. 9x19mm Cobra "High Safety Ammunition" - steel darts inside a polymer sabot

2. 9x19mm Israeli riot control - steel balls embedded in amber resin