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Spinning Bullets On A Frozen Lake

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Spinning Bullets On A Frozen Lake. Northern rednecks discover bizarre bullet behavior.
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chimmeychang
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 681 Posts
Monday, November 8, 2010 7:36:08 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.

chimmeychang
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 681 Posts
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:37:18 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.

Erichsgurl2
Female, 18-29, Western US
 17 Posts
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:27:42 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)

CreamKreator
Male, 30-39, Europe
 69 Posts
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 4:34:50 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?

insanmonster
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 291 Posts
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:31:24 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.

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