The BreachPop is a tamped, shaped charge container that lets us run about half the net explosive weight (N.E.W.) of a traditional charge and achieve the same target effect. This has been done over and over on the demo range, with reductions of up to 60% of the overpressure achieved.

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Justin, the President of P3D Solutions and owner of BreachPop is a currently serving Green Beret. He is one of his Special Forces Group’s primary breaching cadre, teaching both SFAUC and Master Breacher Courses when he isn’t deployed.

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BreachPop: Reducing Repetitive Sub-Concussive Injuries in Training

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When I started down the path to build what is now known as the BreachPop, I just wanted to build a tamped, shaped charge container to make me a more efficient assaulter.

Fits in a magazine pouch? Check.

Shortens MSD? Check.

Faster to build than standard charges? Double-Check.

Little did I realize (at the time) that by shortening MSD, and tamping with a water-polymer gel, I was also significantly reducing the overpressure generated!

While not as sexy of a topic as operationally popping my BreachPop out of an M4 pouch, capping in, and blowing it with a CGS Pandora firing device from six feet away… it’s arguably more important to our longevity in the game.

It is suggested that approximately 85% of TBI injuries occur in training alone

In a generic poll of my friends (seasoned SWAT cops, Green Berets, SEALs, and even a few Tier 1 guys) the consensus was we blow 500+ charges in training for every one we blow operationally.

Those who do this for a living and have done it for more than ten minutes (or ten years…) know those little hits add up.

My anecdotal research is supported by Dr. Christopher Freuh, et al, in his article Operator Syndrome.

Please read it if you do this for a living, but to highlight, it is suggested that approximately 85% of TBI injuries occur in training alone.

We have to train, period, and we can do it smarter.

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Less overpressure on the incident wave equals less reflective and residual overpressure

The BreachPop is a tamped, shaped charge container that lets us run about half the net explosive weight (N.E.W.) of a traditional charge and achieve the same target effect.

This has been done over and over on the demo range, with reductions of up to 60% of the overpressure achieved.

Realistic internal breaching training events, with dozens of charges blown in a single training day, have shown a general reduction of 40% compared to the standard “training charge” with equal or greater target effects.

Less overpressure on the incident wave equals less reflective and residual overpressure, which is the bane of our existence inside.

Cutting down N.E.W. not only saves the assaulters

Comparing the BreachPop training charges to full power charges shows even more of a reduction; one test we conducted (complete data on our IG) found the full power interior charge generated 300% of the overpressure of a BreachPop training charge!

Cutting down N.E.W. not only saves the assaulters doing this day in and day out, but it also cuts down on wear and tear of your shoot house.

A dollar saved is a dollar earned, or something like that, so if we spend less on upkeep and maintenance, we can spend more on additional training and new kit and equipment!

It’s important to remember I designed them for operational use

The BreachPop is great in training for all the reasons above, but it’s important to remember I designed them for operational use.

What we achieve operationally is a shorter MSD without reducing your combat effectiveness.

We also create safer spaces inside by reducing those powerful colliding shockwaves, ensuring your two, three, or four men don’t get flattened when you need them the most!

As a currently serving Green Beret, these are things that are most important to me.

De Oppresso Liber.

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