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Date: 10/24/10 08:00 AM

84 Responses to Spinning Bullets On A Frozen Lake

  1. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 24, 2010 at 7:56 am
    Link: Spinning Bullets On A Frozen Lake - Northern rednecks discover bizarre bullet behavior.
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    DickenMcHunt Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:04 am
    I love the sound they make... so eerie.
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    joemamma123 Male 40-49
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:05 am
    It`s a ricochet, dumazz......
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    LtFurpie Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:21 am
    I`m amazed there was no deformation of the bullet and that it is highly reproducable. I hope one of you submit this to Adam & Jamie to get this on their high speed camera!
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    admisaok Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:23 am
    proof? the only one that spins is the one that is off camera... i call shenanigans
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    YoMommaSoFat Male 13-17
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:25 am
    Joe what the hell are you talking about?
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    parkm Male 13-17
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:34 am
    "It`s a ricochet, dumazz......"

    Definitely not a ricochet "Dumazz"
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:34 am
    A true redneck would not be so concerned with safety.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 24, 2010 at 8:42 am
    it`s nice the boys are finding their own entertainment instead of wasting their time on video games or the internet.
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    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:01 am
    Anybody else unable to play this in firefox?
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    fudgeechidna Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:04 am
    Even if this were to be a set up i would very much like to know how the get the bullet to spin for so long my best guess would be that the heat of the ejected cartridge intereacting with the ice is somehow making them spin.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:19 am
    Pretty weird, looked legit.
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    u_jesse_u Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:20 am
    Video seems to not work atm....
  14. Profile photo of chimmeychang
    chimmeychang Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:22 am
    pistols are rifled, making the bullets spin. this makes the trajectory of the bullet more of a straight line because of the gyroscopic effect. this means the bullets spin really fast. its not magic, its not some special effect from the ice, save the the ice absorbed just enough of the forward momentum to let it ricochet and land near enough to observe. this is all due to the gyroscopic effects of the spinning bullet.
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:22 am
    "Anybody else unable to play this in firefox?"

    Chrome here and it`s not working.
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:23 am
    can`t play in firefox, can in chrome tho
  17. Profile photo of drips
    drips Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:24 am
    Rifled barrel for spin, hot bullet on cold ice for steam reducing friction and creating bounce. Sound about right? And the ice absorbs the impact so very little deformation.

    My question is why is the sound so muffled? Just because of the cold air? At first I thought they were shooting a .22
  18. Profile photo of Krowley
    Krowley Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:37 am
    Part 2- Spinning Bullets in Small Northern Animals

    Part 3- Spinning Bullets in a Sleeping Drifter

    This is like the new Mr Wizards World of the north. I love science!
  19. Profile photo of Shnard-dog
    Shnard-dog Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:43 am
    "Dur da dur.... Let`s go shoot us some guns"
  20. Profile photo of CodeJockey
    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:44 am
    Combine Chimmey and Drips.
    Gyroscopic acting projectile with heated surface that is vaporising the contacted/near contacted ice.
    I think the compressed air around the projectile at first trajectory is also vaporizing the ice, the gas slows the projectile without deformation.

    You can see something similar happen on high speed films of bullets fired into tanks of water. The projectile won`t make contact with liquid water until it slows.
  21. Profile photo of Hudini12345
    Hudini12345 Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:50 am
    >A true redneck would not be so concerned with safety.
    >"Dur da dur.... Let`s go shoot us some guns"
    > Northern rednecks discover bizarre bullet behavior.
    They have no discernible southern accent and most likely live in suburbia. But they HAVE GUNS. THEY MUST BE REDNECKS
    nope. no liberal bias here on i-am-bored
  22. Profile photo of pui
    pui Female 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:50 am
    The video is working for me in Chrome.
  23. Profile photo of Shnard-dog
    Shnard-dog Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:52 am
    "no liberal bias here on i-am-bored"

    What are you talking about? How is that liberal bias?
  24. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:58 am
    That means, if they were in China, the bullets would spin in the opposite direction. IT`S SCIENCE... YOU CAN`T ARGUE!
  25. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:19 am
    Yeah, It`s weird that it asks to `Download a plug-in` to view then can not actually find it when you click on it, But it plays just fine on Break.com without any `plug-in` and it plays just fine on the site I found it on without one as well.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:34 am
    Yep, dunno why but it won`t let me download the plugin. I found this video but embedding is disabled so I can`t put it here. Not sure if that`s the exact same one as you submitted CJ but it`s pretty cool anyway.
  27. Profile photo of YoungOola
    YoungOola Male 13-17
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:37 am
    You don`t know northern rednecks, IAB. These are just young Minnesota/North Dakota guys pooting around on a frozen lake.
  28. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:40 am
    I cant wait for the Mythbusters team to work on this
  29. Profile photo of newbzoorz
    newbzoorz Male 13-17
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:48 am
    What is this? You gave us a video with 2 people and a gun and nobody got hurt? LAME
  30. Profile photo of Buiadh
    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:52 am
    Only me that thinks that this is quite easily explained then?
  31. Profile photo of thebandit
    thebandit Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:53 am
    they spent waaaay to much time trying to convince us it wasn`t fake. I believed it already, science happens
  32. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
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    October 24, 2010 at 11:30 am
    It spins because of the `rifled` barrel, yes? It`s neat that they can get it to bounce off the ice and then spin tho, but no mystery involved.
    The second one, after the 3 minute mark, was best!
  33. Profile photo of MauserTM
    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    Missing plugin is missing
  34. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    October 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm
    The rifling in a Glock 9mm has a spin rate of about one revolution for each 10 inches of barrel length. If the bullet travels at 1200 feet per second, then the bullet is spinning about 86,400 RPM. ;-() (1200 fps x 1.2 turns per foot x 60 secs. per min.)

    Considering that there`s almost no friction between the bullet and wet ice, it`s no wonder they`re still spinning.
  35. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    October 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    Missing plugin is missing

    Click the link below the player.
  36. Profile photo of slab-of-rage
    slab-of-rage Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    if it stops spinning, does that mean we`re all in his dream?
  37. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm
    I think this is a good time to install/upgrade your Firefox plugins:

    https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/
  38. Profile photo of niceguy191
    niceguy191 Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    Few! Good thing it stopped spinning! I was worried that I-A-B was all a dream...
  39. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    That`s pretty cool. Like Ollie said, just click on the link that says "Spinning Bullets On A Frozen Lake", to the bottom left of the player window. Ot just click here:

    http://www.break.com/index/spinning-bullets-on-a-frozen-lake-1936597
  40. Profile photo of SPARTAKITTY
    SPARTAKITTY Female 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    Why were they shooting at a lake in the first place?

    Silleh rednecks.
  41. Profile photo of Tisjokar
    Tisjokar Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    @niceguy191

    I c wut u did thar :3
  42. Profile photo of nicsaweiner
    nicsaweiner Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    i definitely updated all my plug ins and its still wont show anything.
  43. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    meh...
  44. Profile photo of ROK9
    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    kinda cool
  45. Profile photo of Boredered
    Boredered Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    @Niceguy, win
  46. Profile photo of Golkar
    Golkar Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    Hey Hudini12345, I don`t know if you noticed, but it wasn`t an i-am-bored mod who posted, it was a random contribution from CrakrJak, who I am going to bet, doesn`t care what you think of what he thinks. Regardless, the post was NOT made by i-am-bored as a website, but one of it`s members.

    If you`re gonna call someone on "inappropriate" titles/comments/whatever, please get the target right.
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    PTPete Female 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    Bored goof-balls have stumbled upon some fun & entertaining ch*t over the years. Cheers to the goofery!
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    PTPete Female 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    Sh*t. Hee, hee.
  49. Profile photo of mamba
    mamba Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    lol- commented on the wrong thing

    "f*in bullets, how do they work"

    dosnt make sense when its on a post about the weather being a d**k
  50. Profile photo of I-IS-BORED
    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm
    you should not be allowed to own a gun if you have that little understanding of how it works

    next video "Bleeding bullet holes in people"
    "Look! It`s bleeding and there`s no tubes or anything faking this blood!"
  51. Profile photo of paddyt07
    paddyt07 Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    That`s pretty cool. I don`t know why they needed to keep trying to prove that there were no strings or anything. Considering how bullets are fired, it would make a lot of sense that it would spin.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    anyone know the exact plug in to let this play? i updated all of my plugins....and still nothing
  53. Profile photo of nastyn800
    nastyn800 Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm
    Why the f**k is this worthy of attention. I`m ashamed of myself for even acknowledging it
  54. Profile photo of Flashpacker
    Flashpacker Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm
    aw man i was hoping that the ice would break.
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    5405841 Female 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm
    northern redneck = oxymoron
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    October 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm
    Well wouldn`t you know there is now a sport less exciting than ice fishing. ;-/
  57. Profile photo of bram
    bram Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm
    It makes sense that it would spin, but it still looks really cool. I also wonder why they were shooting at a frozen lake, though.
  58. Profile photo of Scotchy
    Scotchy Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    ya, im having the plugin problem too.
  59. Profile photo of Ozmose
    Ozmose Male 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    northern redneck = oxymoron

    Come pay a visit to Upper Michigan. This place is toothless, inbred, redneck Mecca.
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    vw Female 30-39
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    October 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    please don`t tell me that`s a new sport or something!!
  61. Profile photo of jbwhite
    jbwhite Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm
    @bram
    you`re from the south, wouldn`t you be afraid of mystical water that doesn`t move for some reason (of course I`m asuming you are a redneck).
  62. Profile photo of mmdude
    mmdude Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm
    Guns are made to spin the bullets in order to keep the accuracy of the shot.
    It works like a gyroscope.
  63. Profile photo of talon0325
    talon0325 Male 40-49
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    October 24, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    Give someone a gun and a beer and look what happens.
  64. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    October 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    The impact area on the ice doesn`t look like it`s ricocheting. It looks like its just going into the ice. Unless there is some weird effect from the rapid heating and cooling of the bullet, I would also expect anything that is hard enough to cause a ricochet to deform the bullet.
    I`m skeptical, as the physics of it don`t make sense. However I can`t figure out a way they could have faked it. The only clue (besides the trick itself) is the gunman`s blatant disregard for muzzle awareness. F*ck, now I have to try it...
  65. Profile photo of hardyhar1088
    hardyhar1088 Male 13-17
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    October 24, 2010 at 11:22 pm
    There`s magic all up in dis bitch.
  66. Profile photo of IrishJesus
    IrishJesus Male 18-29
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    October 25, 2010 at 12:43 am
    anyone else think that`s Farve from Supertroopers?
  67. Profile photo of Steelgrid
    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    October 25, 2010 at 2:33 am
    I would have to say this is faked. Now mind you for all the ignorance this group shares (ie, Guns spin the bullets when fired) I cant imagine that a bullet this small would hop out of the ice once it hit and there would be no deformations. If the ice is strong enough to bounce the bullet back then the bullet would be deformed. if the ice is too weak to NOT bounce the bullet back, well, you would have no spin.

    Also BOTH times they were able to pull this off the camera panned away from the landing area prior to each shot.

    Clever, but faked, sorry
  68. Profile photo of rebetikas
    rebetikas Male 30-39
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    October 25, 2010 at 6:10 am
    I have no idea, but to me standing on a frozen lake and shooting bullets into it is stupid? Was half expecting the ice to crack and see them fall in the freezing water.
  69. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    October 25, 2010 at 6:41 am
    Thats crazy.Not sure if I really believe it but crazy none the less.
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    rncotton Male 30-39
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    October 25, 2010 at 8:10 am
    After updating all plug-ins and manually installing SWF plug-in, I never did get it to work on-site in Firefox. IE would show the first frame, but no video.

    Played fine from Break.com
  71. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 25, 2010 at 8:47 am
    Steelgrid: Bullets fired into ice don`t usually break up, That also goes for bullets and liquid water, sand, and a few other materials as well.

    The ice has very little friction so it`s able to stop the forward momentum of the bullet without stopping it from spinning.

    Now having said that, Shooting into ice or water is not generally a very good idea. Ricochets have killed people, So please don`t attempt this.
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    McMatthewL Male 13-17
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    October 25, 2010 at 9:24 am
    Theres no way that this is faked. Who would come up with the idea of making a fake video of spinning bullets on ice? Its just a strange occurrence that can probably be explained easily, but I cant see why you would fake it
  73. Profile photo of Boredhero78
    Boredhero78 Male 18-29
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    October 25, 2010 at 10:12 am
    That`s pretty cool.
  74. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    October 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    BS FAKE FAKE FAKE!! A bullet fired into solid ice will not be in perfect shape that will deform it water and sand can too.
    Mythbusters
    not to metion when a bullet riochets it begins to spin in different ways countering at least somewhat its initial spin. Why would it land on the tip and spin like a top? how could it ricochet out of the hole it created at that angle?
  75. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    October 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    Bullets fired into water
  76. Profile photo of davidstone
    davidstone Male 18-29
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    October 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm
    @McGovern1981

    Okay, here`s the thing. They were firing a pistol on to solid ice. The Mythbusters video you showed had them firing a very high caliber rifle into water. Those are two completely different things. The only similarities were that they were firing at H2O with a gun, which is a very general thing to say. That`s like saying a bb would go through a solid steel wall because your .22 went all the way through plywood. Something from a gun went through a wall, right?
  77. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    October 25, 2010 at 10:39 pm
    @McGovern1981, the bullets shown in your link were all hollow points or soft nosed. The bullet in the vid had a full jacket.

    Also, bullet deformation is cause partly by heating of the metal. Shooting into ice might have some effect on this as well.

    Finally, a pistol had a much lower muzzle velocity than a rifle -- typically about half.

    All these factors could account for the difference.
  78. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    October 26, 2010 at 6:54 am
    So why s the back of the bullet nice and shiny pretty sure gunpowder leaves residue. Also that gun sounds like a painball gun firing not a pistol. I also don`t see why it would land that close to them something at that velocity I would think it would travel farther and be hard to find they managed it multiple times. Wouldn`t it ricocheting also change how the bullet spins?

    Okay, here`s the thing. They were firing a pistol on to solid ice.

    Last time I checked ice is harder than water if a bullet gets deformed in water I would think a bullet hitting ice would have an effect on its shape.
  79. Profile photo of insanmonster
    insanmonster Male 18-29
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    October 26, 2010 at 11:31 am
    @ rebetikas

    The lake they were sanding on was probably a few feet thick, and even if it wasn`t im sure a few little holes wouldn`t do much to the structural integrity of the ice. I have even heard multiple stories of people having fires on the ice during ice-fishing season so it isnt that far of a stretch.
  80. Profile photo of CreamKreator
    CreamKreator Male 30-39
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    October 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm
    Put electric motor to spin the bullet off-camera, drop the spinning bullet on ice and then turn the camera on it.. Did i get it?
  81. Profile photo of Erichsgurl2
    Erichsgurl2 Female 18-29
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    October 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    I live in Alaska...where shallow lakes can freeze solid, and deeper lakes can have ice that is 6 feet or more thick. If the caliber of the weapon isn`t so high, ice that thick can prevent the bullet from penetrating through depending on the angle. When a firearm is fired, the bullet spins through the barrel. It just keeps spinning when it hits the ice. (Yawn)
  82. Profile photo of chimmeychang
    chimmeychang Male 30-39
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    November 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    pistols are rifled, making the bullets spin. this makes the trajectory of the bullet more of a straight line because of the gyroscopic effect. this means the bullets spin really fast. its not magic, its not some special effect from the ice, save the the ice absorbed just enough of the forward momentum to let it ricochet and land near enough to observe. this is all due to the gyroscopic effects of the spinning bullet.
  83. Profile photo of chimmeychang
    chimmeychang Male 30-39
    685 posts
    November 8, 2010 at 7:36 am
    pistols are rifled, making the bullets spin. this makes the trajectory of the bullet more of a straight line because of the gyroscopic effect. this means the bullets spin really fast. its not magic, its not some special effect from the ice, save the the ice absorbed just enough of the forward momentum to let it ricochet and land near enough to observe. this is all due to the gyroscopic effects of the spinning bullet.

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