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Video of Glock firing underwater

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by silicosys4, Oct 1, 2012.

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  1. silicosys4

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    Looks like he was stupid and used expanding ammunition to fire a gun underwater.
    That increases the pressure as the bullet has water essentially trying to expand the bullet in the barrel pressing it much harder into the rifling. Increasing friction, resulting in more pressure buildup, and dramatically increasing the chance of a kaboom.
    It also results in the bullet not even leaving the frame in that video, stopping or coming apart about 2 feet from the gun.



    Underwater the handgun bullets also perform horribly even with FMJ. Bleeding energy so fast that they have little range and impact things without much effect.
    The glock 17 is the one they have the maritime cups for, I would not try the Glocks in calibers more powerful than 9mm underwater.


    Unfortunately they provide no real protection underwater. The Russians have some cool underwater guns, unfortunately we cannot import Russian handguns, and their rifle is select fire.
     
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    Actually, he used expanding ammunition on purpose to produce to some artsy photos somewhere else on the site.
     
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    I've seen videos of various models of handgun designs firing underwater with no harm done to the gun (Walther P99, Ruger P95, S&W revolver, Glock), but I'll have to admit such tests are pretty silly, since standard designs offer almost no protection underwater.

    You'd be better off with a pointy stick.

    I'd be more interested in seeing videos of more realistic barrel obstructions. I recall seing a Walther P99 video (in German) showing the pistol firing and cycling reliably with sand and ice in the barrel.
     
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    My co-worker was watching this when I came into work last night and showed it to me because he knew my interests. I thought it was kinda cool. Obviously there is not real protection value to a gun underwater, but he did it as an art form. It came up on Yahoo news and showed the designs he made using the expanded bullets. Pointless, but interesting.
     
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    For sure....and those older flintlock designs didn't exactly set the underwater world on fire either. :D
     
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    I am reminded of what my father once told me about his Navy experiences; After his Korean War service he spent a year in the Submarine Service, stationed in Groton Ct. Sub Base.
    The SPs there (Special Police, AKA, "shore patrol") were, in his opinion, a tad crazy. For a pass time they had one guy on dock firing a Colt 1911 .45ACP handgun down into the water. The others would be swimming underwater and the object .... "believe it or not" as Ripley might say, was to catch the bullet in their teeth! Now the water would slow the bullet down tremendously ...but, still!!!
    My father just got through a war in which he'd served in a Underwater Demolition Team, using explosives underwater in enemy territory .... and he still thought these guys were certified nutz.
    Who am I to disagree?
     
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    Were they catching the bullets in their teeth as they were going predominantly sideways, or would they let them bleed off 99.9% of the bullets energy and then catch them after gravity took over?
     
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    I don't know but I suspect it was while they still had a little (verrry little) "ooommmph" in them. I'm not sure it matters. My father is no lonnger with us so I can't ask him, and it is nothing I would ever want to replicate, or suggest anyone else do. Just one of those stupid things other people do with guns that makes you wonder if human beings are capable of evolving ... is all......
     
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    Pretty much parallels what the Mythbusters did with this sort of thing. Low-velociy projectiles, such as handgun bullets or shotgun slugs, when fired INTO water, penetrated quite well.
    High-velocity rounds tended to shatter almost instantly on impact, whether FMJ or not.
    Weapons fired underwater all functioned, except for the shotgun (rather a lot of water to move in a shotgun barrel...
    None of the auto pistols cycled properly, but none were damaged.
     
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    +1

    Some folks just have too much time on their hands!

    Total waste of ammo and could cause considerable damage to both the gun and the shooter.
     
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    Perhaps, a great way to shoot/clean a C&B revolver at the same time :).
     
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