.....Ok, not scientific at all, actually. But it's caliber corner, so maybe interesting to someone, maybe not. I frequently hear people talk of the lack of power in this ancient pocket revolver round....a .312 lead pill going maybe 650fps (if you're lucky), maybe 80-90ft lbs of energy or thereabouts. I've read stories of it bouncing off 2x4's, won't shoot through both sides of a garbage can, etc. I figured I'd test those theories by shooting a few random household objects with an old .32 Top break, in this case an Iver Johnson 3rd model safety hammer and even older Smith and Wesson 1 and 1/2 single action revolver.(shown compared to S&W 442 .38sp) Both these guns shot factory smokeless 88gr lead round nosed loads from Remington. These are good for 600fps (<or >20fps) in 3" barreled revolvers. First thing I wanted to do was wet phone books, so to the dungeon I went.... Two bars of Irish Spring and two waterlogged seattle phonebooks *just* stopped .32 S&W round, when fired in the 1888 era S&W. It stopped about 3/4 the way through the second book, about 6" of wetpack traversed.