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Watch this AR-15 shoot a telephone pole in half

Shooting a Telephone Pole in Half (DemolitionRanch/Youtube)
April 21, 2016

Popular YouTube channel Demolition Ranch took an unusual direction and set their sights on a telephone pole to see if a rifle would shoot through it.

Using a Patriot Ordinance Factory modified AR-15 with 30 caliber bullets, he seems confident in gun’s ability to carry out the task. The piston-operated rifle uses 7.62×39 ammunition — the same caliber standard with an AK-47. He’s bound to do some damage now that he left the 5.56 behind.

The shooter lays the telephone pole across saw horses to secure it and prepares to see what it takes to sever the pole.


First, he applies some spray paint to create a target, then loads a magazine filled with low end, steel-cased ammunition. After taking aim and firing, the first bullet shoots straight through the pole. While the exit hole is much bigger than the entry, it didn’t come close to doing any damage. With a magazine gone, the pole is still in place and can even withstand the shooter walking on it.

“It’s still solid,” he said, testing the pole’s strength. “Let’s see if I can change that.”

Next, he uses some surplus bullets from 1979.

Check out the video below to see how long it takes.

Next time this guy should use a flamethrower.

A barrage of bullets passes through the pole and although the damage is becoming more evident, the pole is still intact, for the most part. Again, the back suffering more damage than the front with about half of the pole gone.

“We are tearing up the front of it pretty good,” he said. “I would say 50 percent of it is gone.”

He fires yet another series from the mag, but the pole still prevails, although definitely tattered at this point. The pole hangs on by a thread but one more round should do her in.


After 13 more shots, he takes a peek, but is not quite there yet. Six more and the pole is just about broken. Five more shots and it finally cracks!

It took several magazines to get the pole to crack in half, despite the old pole’s obvious cracks and distress. Those poles are amazingly durable.

While it is not an easy task to sever a telephone pole with bullets, it is possible. The shooter says if you decide to try this, be prepared for the police to come since so many bullets must be fired to complete the job.