Some experimental results of the free-free tubes laterally impacted by the missile were given and the finite element program LS-DYNA was used to simulate this dynamic response process. The instantaneous deformation of the circular shell given by experiments and computer simulation were compared and discussed. It can be seen that when the impact occur the local dents firstly appear at the beginning of impact. With time increase, the depth of the dents increase, the scope of the deformation of the tube wall is enlarged; the total stiffness of the cross-section of the tube is weaken and decreases at the impact point, the beam-like bending deformation take place and the rigid-body translations occur. Through the computer simulation the exchanged energy between the missile and the tube were acquired. The impact energy of the missile is transferred to internal energy and kinetic energy of the tube. The ratio of the internal energy with the kinetic energy of the tube is great for the weakness rigidity of the tube wall, which is opposite to that of a free-free beam. This research made us deeply understand the character of the response when studying the elastic-plastic behavior of the free circular shell under intense dynamic loading.