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Can you light a match with a bullet?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rembrandt, Jul 21, 2005.

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  1. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Member

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    I've heard of people extinguishing a candle with a bullet....but can you light a match with a bullet?...or is this a myth?
     
  2. Preacherman

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    Better aim carefully... if you hit the match, and still want a light, you'll have to exercise matchless ingenuity!

    :neener:
     
  3. gulogulo1970

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    That was really bad...
     
  4. shermacman

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    I routinely take matches, stick them in a log at 50 yards. Then I take my .45 and standing off-hand fire off a magazine.

    I can thereby attest, that it is impossible to light a match with a bullet. Never works for me...
     
  5. Horsesense

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    I have tried. Even knocked off part of the white part several times and no ignition. Me thinks it possible but very unlikely.
     
  6. Taurus 66

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    Hmmm ... you know. White tipped matches might work, but only if you just ever so slightly grazed an edge. You take a 45, like someone mentioned, and no matter how careful your shot, the match (head, stick and all) will just disappear.
     
  7. carebear

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    I wrap sandpaper around the bullet and make a furtive movement over the matchhead. :evil:
     
  8. bakert

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    Danged if I don't believe carebear has it figgered out.
     
  9. shermacman

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    Hmmm....I can't even make the match head disappear! :cool: I like carebear's approach. I bet I could light a match with that technique.
     
  10. Jim K

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    Sorry, but I have done it, and seen it done. I have a friend who, in his younger days, was able to do it almost every shot at about 10 feet. I was lucky to do it one out of ten shots. You need the old "strike anywhere" matches, though; the new "strike on box" matches won't work.

    BTW, the gun was an S&W K-22; a .45 would probably have blown the match away with the muzzle blast.

    Jim
     
  11. carebear

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    Yeah, but he's just a "target shooter". :rolleyes:
     
  12. Jim K

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    True. My friend went on to take home a fair amount of hardware from Perry, shooting for the Marine Reserve pistol team.

    Jim
     
  13. Taurus 66

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    I got you covered Jim. I made mention to the "white tipped match". It's a potassium chlorate tip with blue fuel below and is very sensitive to friction. You can strike it on sandpaper, a zipper, or carebear's face if he skips a days shave. :neener:
     
  14. taliv

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    it's a lot easier if you tape the match to a steel plate and use incendiary ammo
     
  15. geegee

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    When I was in high school, I used to amuse a friend of mine by tearing a match from a pack and then lighting it...all with my toes!

    Had a few close calls, but never experienced the joy of lighting one with a bullet.

    Yeah, we had a lot of time on our hands. :D
     
  16. Glock19Fan

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    Tuarus 66- I believe the current match heads also use a KClO3 mixture (I think with red phosporus but im not sure). The older strike anywhere matchheads also used KClO3, but im not sure of the fuel used.
     
  17. foghornl

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    I managed to do that ONCE at about 25 feet with my Nylon 66 loaded w/Federal plain lead bullets. But that was also more than 35 years back.

    Probably could not do it now at 10 feet. Saw oldest brother do that twice with his late 60's vintage Ruger .22 pistol (MK I maybe ? ?)

    Hmmmm. . . could probably do it again at about 10 feet with my Mosin-Nagant M-44 and some of that well-known "fireball" Albanian surplus ammo... :D :D

    That ammo puts some Black Powder guns to shame :evil:
     
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  18. JoeHatley

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    Yup. When I was in grade school we had a "trick shooter" for an Assembly. He did several from accross the gym. The really neat part was we were allowed to sit within 8' or so from the flight path and target trap.

    Joe
     
  19. Vern Humphrey

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    Master Sergeant Hulett Benner, the top Army pistol shooter for many years, used to do that trick with the .45. He had another one, where he would tether a baloon on either side of an ax, and then spilt a bullet on the edge of the ax and break both balloons.
     
  20. GhostRider66

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    I just did it with no problem. Of course, I pulled the round out of the chamber before attempting this. It worked well with a .45 ACP JHP. I will try other calibers throughout the day and let you know how well those work. :neener:
     
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    You can surely do it with those hollywood guns that strike sparks off of wood, concrete, etc. :neener:
     
  22. lucky_fool

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    I bet a .50 BMG would make the match light itself.
     
  23. Vern Humphrey

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    We have been assured that if a .50 BMG misses you, "the wind as it goes past your head will suck your brains out your ears."

    We know that's true, because that's obviously what happened to the guy who made that claim. :neener:
     
  24. mainmech48

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    I can't, but Bill Jordan could. I saw him do it when he brought his NRA-sponsored "dog and pony show" to our Jr. HS way back when.

    Also saw him shatter two Necco wafers by hitting the blade of an axe, draw and fire his revolver before an object placed atop his gun hand could hit the floor (think it was a ping-pong ball, can't be sure after all these years), and several other amazing stunts.
     
  25. wheelgunner100

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    I used to do the match-lighting thing with my BB gun. I'd drop one of those large light-anywhere kitchen matches down the barrel, head out, and fire against a hard surface. Presto! instant fire.
     
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