During a rambling and often incoherent campaign speech Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Joe Biden added another fib to his usual list of firearm falsehoods, which includes deer in Kevlar, F-15s and civilian cannon prohibitions.
“Do you realize the bullet out of an AR-15 travels five times as rapidly as a bullet shot out of any other gun?” Biden asked the crowd.
To be clear, the AR round is quick, but it’s certainly not the fastest, and it’s definitely not five-times faster than all other calibers, which is ballistically impossible.
This claim, friends, should be seen as nothing more than a cry for help — proof Joe’s picnic basket is a few sandwiches short.
The .220 is one of the fastest cartridges in general use, traveling at around 3900 feet-per-second.
Generally, the average AR-15 round, either 5.56mm or .223, travels at around 3400 feet-per-second.
According to Joe’s claim, an AR-15 round would have to travel in excess of 20,000 feet-per-second to be five times as fast as the .220 Swift.
The .220 Swift is not the only caliber faster than an AR-15 round. There are dozens of faster calibers, including:
- 17 Rem — 4040 FPS
- 204 Ruger — 4225 FPS
- 22-250 Rem — 3680 FPS
- 6mm Rem — 3470 FPS
- 257 Weatherby Mag — 3602 FPS
In fact, one of the fastest rounds ever created the wildcat .22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer, travels at around 5,000 feet-per-second — a far cry from Biden’s 20,000 feet-per-second fib.
All of this proves that Biden doesn’t ever let the facts get in the way of a good story, especially if the story involves our guns.