Myth Busted? Bullet Proof Water

Ever watched the show “Mythbusters“?  I catch it every once in awhile.  The mythbusters explore, and try to prove or debunk (bust, if you will) “myths”.  Some they prove, others they debunk.  I’ve always wanted them to take a look into a particular thing you see on TV and in movies.  That is how people who are being shot at and take refuge in water don’t get fatally wounded.

There was a part of me that thinks “hogwash”.  How can water be that bullet proof?  But then there was a part of me that thinks, “or CAN it?”.  I caught a recent episode of “Mythbusters” where they put this bullet proof water stunt to the test.

I was more than shocked at the results!

What did I learn?  If I’m ever being shot at, I’m looking for the nearest body of water!

Shooting into water at an angle of 23 degrees you need to only be two feet under and three feet away to survive being shot at, even by something as big as a .50 caliber weapon!  Most of the bullets would disintegrate into a handful of shrapnel on water impact and fall harmlessly to the bottom.  Have you ever SEEN a 50 caliber weapon?  Here’s one for your perusal!

Click HERE to see one of these impressive weapons!

As impressive as the gun is, take a gander at the ammunition!!!

Click HERE to see the size of these monster bullets!  The .50 caliber is on the left.

(FYI, the other bullets shown in this picture were also used in the experiment in their respective guns, and failed just like the .50 caliber).

The weapon that did the best, was the 9mm handgun.  Who knows why.  But even so, that bullet barely penetrated the ballistic gel and would not have caused much damage to the swimming fleeing individual who was the intended target.

Pretty amazing, really.  I wonder if it’s because of the surface tension of the water, or what!  Anyone out there know????


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4 responses to “Myth Busted? Bullet Proof Water

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  • Lady Luck

    Fascinating! I too would look to dive into water now if there was a risk of gunshot! Let’s hope I never have to try since my swimming skill is basic!

    🙂 — Lou

  • brahnamin

    It’s not just the surface tension, or even mostly (though that initial crash is what distorts the bullet). It is the friction. Not only does the bullet meet sudden perpendicular (head on) friction, it is immediately confronted with lateral (pressing around the sides) as well. This slows the bullet immensely.

    Officers unloading their clips outside of prison compounds aim their weapon into a steel barrel full of loose sand. If the gun accidentally discharges the sand stops the bullet cold.

    When they fish it out, (which they have to do immediately and log it in as evidence when they file their discharge report) it is never more than a couple inches into the sand and that is at extremely close range (the muzzle is usually less than 12 inches away from the sand).

    Wow. Thanks for further explaining this mystery! I didn’t know that officers had to account for those accidentally discharged, bullets, either. But it makes great sense that they do! — Lou

  • Weapons: Knives

    How often do you yourself swim and what stroke or do you just write about it?

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

    Swimming greats you should write about next, my ex was an olympic swimmer!

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