When the bullet strikes

It looks a little different when a bullet slams into metal at 2500-3000 fps, and is caught on video at a million frame-per-second equivalent (the other fps).


The euro 1980s beep-and-bang music may not be to your taste, but these pictures are intriguing from both artistic and scientific points of view. The spalling from metal sheet and plate has to be seen to be believed.

There are a few more videos on the website of the company whose technology appears to have been used to make this one: Kurzzeit.de. The uploader of the video also has a few other high-speed videos, but nothing at a millions frames a second.

6 thoughts on “When the bullet strikes

  1. Aesop

    Too technical.
    To properly engage audience attention, I think it needs more star power to complement the star-shaped peel of jacket and slug.

    Maybe the sequel could star another slug; perhaps Jane Fonda.

  2. Bill K

    The plate and ballistic gel-exit expansions have some shots rather reminiscent of nuclear warhead mushroom cloud dynamics turned sideways, a kind of boiling particle kinetics.

  3. StukaPilot

    So: even a person wearing plate/ceramic would, upon encountering a .308 @ ~3,100 fps/@ <10', experience a substantial kinetic event?

    1. Hognose Post author

      You’re not in any douby you’ve been hit. It might take you a while to understand you’re not actually wounded. A .308 isn’t usually making 3,100 unless it’s a light varmint bullet. Mil rounds are in the 2,800 range.

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