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Desc:You should not try this at home.
Category:Stunts, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:Gun, sniper, watermelon, William Tell, .50 caliber
Submitted:Xiphias
Date:11/08/10
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Comment count is 23
takewithfood
Needs a Freddie Wong tag.
bluiker
also his bullets are huge

fluffy
Being Freddie Wong this is almost certainly being done as special effects.

Smellvin
I looked at the chunks of watermelon to see if they made the obvious mistake there, but the pieces fly towards the shooter as they ought to (against what most people would expect). Mr. Wong knows his physics.

fluffy
Why does that happen, anyway? I would expect most of the shrapnel to go along with the path of the bullet, but this video shows that a .50 caliber round + watermelon does in fact cause crap to go in every direction pretty much equally: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoW8nHIVuRk

Konversekid
I believe the reasoning is a large proportion of the soft mass within the watermelon follows the path of the bullet which propels the shell forward.

I think it was on mythbusters for the JFK episode but I am unable to find the clip or a definite reasoning.

Konversekid
'Forward' being the opposite direction of the bullets tragectory.

The Mothership
Gun's bigger n' him.
longwinded
well, there it is
Comatose2
At least you won't have anything to worry about if something goes wrong.
oddeye
Either this is fake or both of these fellas are huge fucking idiots.
Ursa_minor
Being that it's most definitely fake, it makes a good case that they aren't idiots at all. In fact, Freddie Wong and his cohorts are really pretty talented little goofballs in regards to their homegrown special effects bonanzas.

If it IS real, these guys are crazy and stupid, though they would be just as crazy and stupid for doing this with ANY rifle.


Xiphias
nah, trying it with a .50 cal is way crazier than trying it with a .22

Adham Nu'man
Well, a .22 to the head would likely leave you tarded, a .50 cal to the head would likely leave you dead.
Also, most .22 rifles are not very precise at any kind of distance.
I think picking the .50 cal would increase my chances of it ending the William Tell way and not the William Burroughs way.

Ursa_minor
Anything over .22 with have the same result. Maybe a bit messier, but dead nonetheless. .50 is no crazier than 5.56 in this case.

Buggerman
If you look carefully at the pixels, you can tell it is fake.
jyrque
Fake or not? C'mon, it's Freddy Wong.
chumbucket
I appreciate that they threw the giant "don't try this yourself" banner but I'm going to give it about 2 weeks before we hear about the first casualty of copycats (in a bike helmet of course).
William Burns
The compression wave created by a .50 BMG bullet will kill you just by passing near your head.
Ursa_minor
This is not true.

The Great Mel Bay
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ABGIJwiGBc
Disproves your theory, in theory at least.

William Burns
Heard it from a marine. Not sure why I believed it but I shouldn't have repeated it.

dododge
This one gets repeated so often that the Discovery channel has a sticky thread for it in their forums. The easy counterargument is that if you shoot a .50 through a paper target it leaves a bullet-sized hole without otherwise disrupting the paper.

Mythbusters did an episode last year about sonic booms which included firing a .50 BMG to pass within an inch or two of various objects such as light bulbs and panes of glass. As I recall, the only time an object so much as wiggled was when one of the shots veered slightly off course and actually hit it.

http://mythbustersresults.com/curving-bullets

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