No muzzle flash despite vigorous 9mm pistol load?

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  1. JimGnitecki

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    I am used to seeing a muzzle flash when I fire a handgun, and I wanted to see how big a muzzle flash my current 9mm test load generates out of my SIG P210A Target model.

    So, I set up my iPhone at the range to take a video from an adjacent shooting station while I shot 2 rounds in the course of testing a load variant.

    I was surprised to see absolutely NO muzzle flash in the video.

    Now this is a load that is burning 8.0 grains of Vihtavuori 3N38 powder, which is a LOT of powder, and the Labradar is telling me that the 115g bullet leaves the muzzle at 1330 fps.

    Now I just got back into reloading after a 5 year absence from shooting and reloading. I recall seeing some muzzle flash when I reloaded years ago with (different than 3N38) Vihtavuori powders. Has powder changed that much in just a few years?

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    1) some powders have a flash suppressant.

    2) some camera's won't pick it up for every shot because the flash is brief and the "shutter" needs to be open that exact fraction of a second or it won't record it. I've photo'd many rounds fired that do have a big flash and sometimes they don't show in the pictures or only capture a 'fraction' of the flash for that reason.
     
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    The 'old' 3N38 was flashy. I don't know about the current version which is supposed to have a copper fouling reducer. It would produce a big flash occasionally if you fired it through a compensator, presumably because there was some buildup in the comp that would get set off every few rounds.
     
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    Load that baby with FFFg black powder and it will flash real nice. Kinda fun too in a twisted way.
     
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    Power Pistol for the win in 9mm!

    It's like the H110 of semi auto powders...
     
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    Even if you miss it's like a flash bang going off.
     
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    Were you shooting in bright daylight or darkness. Muzzle flash always looks better or more impressive in darkness. :)

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  8. JimGnitecki

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    Early morning (9am - 10am) with moderate sun.

    Jim G
     
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    Here's a 9mm PowerPistol shot I recently captured indoors....

    Outside it's hardly noticable.

    VID_20210319_145459512_exported_23685_1616209403942~2.jpg
     
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    Power Pistol in full sun, that stuff is fun... 20200516_123103_002_exported_1695_1617159762913.jpg
     
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    If your camera is set to film at 30 frames per second, it is possible that every muzzle flash happened between frames. You will need to up the rate to 60 fps to ensure you film them. At 30 fps, sometimes we seea couple, sometimes not. I filmed the shooting of 125gr XTP's over 21gr of H 110 at dusk in short barreled 357's. Filming in slow motion at 240 frames per second, the entire flash and fireball lasts about 6 frames
     
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    Hmm, I have no idea how to adjust the exposure time on the videocamera built into an iPhone. Can that actually be done?

    I assume a Human can see the flash because the image is bright enough to persist on the retina?

    I ask that second question because years ago when I was shooting other powders, I COULD visually see the flash as I fired the handgun. Did not need a high speed camera to catch the image. And no, my eyes do not see a flash when I fire this load.

    Jim G
     
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    All I can say is excellent work. The less flash the better.
     
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    No, likely not. In my experience, the most robust muzzle flash will only appear in 1/8 or 1/10 frames. This image took a half a magazine to catch.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Its in the settings. Scroll down and click on camera. Should be there right at the top : Record Video, with current setting and if you tap that you get other options
     
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    There is a face in that flash and it ain't Jesus. Hope Sport Pistol doesn't do that. Flash that is.
     
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    Looks like on my iPhone my only 2 options are 1/30 and 1/60 second. :(

    Jim G
     
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    On the camera app you have the option of slow motion, which is 240 fps.
     
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    Oh! I will try that! It never occurred to me that "slow motion" is at a higher frame rate!

    Jim G
     
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    Yep, you should have 2 options for slow motion, 120 or 240 fps
     
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    5.5" SBH 44mag 180gr XTP max load H110

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    So the 5.5" SBH 44mag 180gr XTP max load H110 is an effective flame thrower! :)

    Jim G
     
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    Is it just me, or does everybody see a face in the flash? I shoot Power Pistol all the time. Hopefully that thing/face is not always watching me.
     
  24. JimGnitecki

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    It's not just you! I see that face too.

    Jim G
     
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    Have any AA9?
    It makes a spectacular flash in a 5.7x28 pistol.
     
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