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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by nbkky71, Oct 12, 2005.

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  1. nbkky71

    nbkky71 Member

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    I was watching the tail-end of their show tonight and they were revisiting a myth about tracer fire blowing up the gas tank of a car.

    According to their explanation, the colored tip of the tracer bullet was actually a coating of phosphorus. Upon firing the fiction of the bullet cutting through the air ignited the phosphorus, causing the bullet to glow.

    Sheesh! :rolleyes:
     
  2. Sindawe

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    Hey, nobody can be correct 100% of the time. Well, nobody except me that is... :neener: IMAO they've done a lot of interesting, CORRECT firearms mythbusting that I can cut them a bit of slack now and again. Also, they have cute, smart females build team on the show this season. :D
     
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    What is it really?

    Is this the appropriate place for this:
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    I just saw an episode tonight where they busted the myth about how the movies portray someone getting shot and then flying back. The last test, they used a .50 rifle at short range and shot their dummy with a 1/2" thick steel plate attatched to his chest. Long story short, all the kinetic energy was transferred to the dummy (round got stuck in it's 'spine') and it still moved less than 2 inches. Basic physics here, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, IOW, there's no way a person being shot would fly back a foot or more, and the shooter would only get bumped an inch...
     
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    The fireworks are in the base of the bullet, the paint is *drumroll* ... paint.
     
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    Love that show (and not just because of the cute redhead). Best thing on TV (which isn't saying much, but still...).
     
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    Kari (the redhead) is one of those girls that I would give my left kidney for...Yowser!
     
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    Yeah, they get things wrong sometimes, but I love 'em. They're techie FX guys--the opposite of the fussy and arrogant actors and the ones who actually make films work. I love that they've finally got some limelight after all this time.
     
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    Ok, they busted the .50BMG... what about hte .577 Tyrranosaur??? Hmmm???? (i just wanna see one fired...)

    :D

    Berek
     
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    Ahhh yes, Kari. ;) Is there anyone else on that show? :)
    Tall, nice athletic figure, great smile and those cute freckles!
    EricO
     
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    They also referred to an M16 Mag as a 'clip' about a dozen times, and said tracer rounds were illegal. I figured that means they are illegal in Kalifornistan?
     
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    One of the few shows kids and I can agree upon! I must be getting old or haven't seen new episodes as I don't recall or didn't notice red head?? :eek:
     
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    I've shot my .50 BMG rifle offhand. I didn't go "flying back," hence there's no reason to suspect a person hit with a .50 BMG round will "fly back."
     
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    I must have missed that episode. Thanks for the image :D
     
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    She's in alot of episodes. I think she's been on the show about a year or so. Last night, she was the one holding the .30cal M1 Carbine.
     
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    did anyone catch the episode about how far a bullet can travel underwater?
    They eneded up shooting a .50 into a swimming pool.

    AFS
     
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    I loved the one where they were trying to disprove the exploding scuba tank in the movie Jaws. Adam was sure there was no way that a .30-06 could penetrate through the bottom (where it's the thickest) of an aluminum scuba tank.

    Rick
     
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    I always heard that when they fire a bullet through a gun for balistic testing, to get the barrel marking to compare it to one from a crime scene, they fire it into a pool of water.

    Did I hear wrong?

    Or did they jsut have the wrong angle or something?

    Maybe if they had broken the surface tension of the water? I don't remember them doing that.
     
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    firing into water

    Pistol bullets fired into water don't upset as much and
    actually penetrate more than rifle bullets hitting water
    at full muzzle velocity. Firing rifle bullets at over 2200
    fps into water you may as well fire into cinderblocks.

    Good question: how do they recover high power rifle
    bullets for forensic comparison test?
     
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    I'm a fan of the show, it's interesting to watch and while their methods are not always scientific, it's closer to reality than 99% of the other stuff you'll see on TV. I love to see guns get good airtime on TV, but the one thing that concerns me is it seems that they often emphasize that they need FBI or ATF or LAPD assistance with their gun stuff, as if to support the "only cops need guns" mindset.
     
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    Yeah, that was awesome. The entire natatorium got splashed by the impact of the .50 bmg into the pool... and the bullet disintegrated after a couple feet of water.

    Great lesson in that episode: water is a very effective barrier against high powered rifles. Against handguns and shotgun slugs... not so much. :)
     
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    Kari is cute, but Scotty (tats and all) is way sexier. Why?

    Knowedge and ability. Any cute girl that can fix my car better than I gets my vote. ;)
     
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    nahh, kari is much cuter than scotty. either way, makes the show twice as entertaining to watch...

    and...

    she's not an anti!

    gas tank myth #2:
    "here's your ammo"
    "awesome!"

    :D :D

    ~TMM
     
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