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Splitting Bullets in 4K

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05:07   |   Feb 27, 2018

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  • - Hello, I'm Gav. - I'm Dan.
  • Welcome to the "Super Slow Show."
  • Gav, you ever seen in the movies
  • when people deflect bullets away from themselves?
  • Yeah. Mad skills.
  • I wonder-- oh, yeah. Mad skills.
  • - Ninja skills. - Yeah.
  • I wonder if it's actually possible.
  • I mean, obviously, for a human to do that would be ridiculous.
  • But if someone somehow managed to hit the bullet with a blade,
  • - would it split the bullet? - I think it would.
  • Because when you find a bullet that's been fired,
  • it's always crumpled as though it was very soft on impact.
  • That's just from just the sheer speed.
  • So I think, if you fired a bullet at a blade,
  • I think it would cut through like butter.
  • Well, luckily, we've got a pistol
  • that's pointed directly at an ax.
  • All right.
  • So let's find out, shall we?
  • ( theme music playing )
  • Dan, what's this?
  • Well, because I've got a gammy hand and I'm actually not
  • that good at firing a bullet in the exact same place
  • every time, we've got a remote server here
  • which has got a Springfield 1911 rigged up inside it
  • which fires a 45-caliber round
  • straight down the range
  • in exactly the same space every time.
  • I feel like it's always a good idea to remove the human element.
  • Especially when we're the human element.
  • Yeah. I'd be sat there for hours just like, come on.
  • Under this bag is a Phantom V2511.
  • We're gonna start at 28,000 frames a second.
  • Hopefully, that's fast enough.
  • Our usual cameras would just see a couple of blurred frames.
  • So this is the one to use.
  • Yeah.
  • The reason we're going for 45-caliber rounds,
  • it's nice and fat.
  • So when it hits our ax here,
  • hopefully we can see as much detail as possible.
  • And, finally, we have a lovely colorful balloon wall
  • to let us know if we split the bullet or not.
  • If two balloons pop, probably did.
  • Wonder if it's gonna go in exactly the same space every time.
  • Who knows? Why don't we find out?
  • Let's.
  • Ready to split?
  • - Yes. - Yeah?
  • Sorry. I can't hear you very well. Got earplugs in.
  • It's true.
  • - You ready? Right. - Yeah.
  • Three, two, one, fire!
  • Well, it popped two balloons.
  • Popped three balloons.
  • Three?
  • Wait.
  • So, huh?
  • Well, I'll tell you what. Let's just watch the footage.
  • Instead of being like, "What happened?"
  • - Gav: Oh. - Dan: It fired.
  • Gav: Bullet's away.
  • Dan: Oh, wow.
  • Hang on.
  • Dead on in the middle. Oh, no, it's not...ooh!
  • Ooh!
  • Wait.
  • Look at the wibbleman in the...
  • The wibbleman in the ax!
  • That ax is solid as well. It's not flexible.
  • Gav: It somehow split it into three pieces.
  • - Dan: Yeah. - Gav: It just cut it like nothing.
  • Time to escalate, Daniel.
  • Yeah?
  • So we've successfully separated a bullet.
  • Now we've got an ax that's sole purpose
  • could only be to split a bullet into four pieces.
  • Cause I can't imagine what else this is used for.
  • Can you buy it like that?
  • No.
  • No, you can't.
  • This is a custom built bullet quadrupler.
  • All right. We've also moved the camera back behind the gun
  • to get a more even spread in the frame.
  • Cheeky bit of POV.
  • Yeah. Bullet POV.
  • Hmm.
  • All right, here's our four-bladed ax.
  • We gotta hit it right in the middle so it's extra precise.
  • The other one could have hit anywhere on that one line.
  • This has to hit directly in the center.
  • So good luck us.
  • This is why I wasn't doing it with my gammy hand.
  • You ready?
  • Yep.
  • Three, two, one, fire!
  • Whoa.
  • How many balloons did we pop there?
  • I count six.
  • Uh, yeah, quite a few.
  • Whoa, yeah!
  • Just exactly it!
  • It turns it to shrapnel.
  • You see the eight pieces coming out from this angle as well.
  • You see how the material separates the lead
  • from the copper into four, into eight.
  • - Zoonk. - Gav: This is the way to hunt.
  • Dan: Look at it. It's perfect eight pieces.
  • - Perfect. - Gav: That is a satisfying shot.
  • I love it.
  • I love this camera. I love this ax.
  • That was dead on.
  • You doing Irish?
  • Sorry.
  • How satisfying was that when it split perfectly?
  • It's the kind of footage where you look at,
  • and you just go, "Ah".
  • - Emoji. - It's true.
  • I actually found one of the pieces of bullet
  • that was split.
  • It like curled and split up and went into the ground.
  • Yeah, it doesn't really resemble its original form.
  • It could just be a piece of metal I found on the floor, to be honest.
  • Yeah.
  • I believe you, though.
  • It's crazy how it goes from, you know, 950 foot per second
  • into an ax perfectly into four pieces.
  • It's pretty cool, isn't it?
  • So cool.
  • Well, hopefully, you enjoyed that video as much as we did.
  • Feel free to subscribe to the Slow Mo Guys
  • and we'll see you in the next episode of the "Super Slow Show."
  • Hi, guys. We can't wait to share
  • our extremely slow adventure with you.
  • Yeah, click here for all the latest updates
  • happening almost daily on the "Super Slow Show."
  • Why do they put the button on this side?
  • It could easily have just been just there.
  • But it's on this side of me.
  • It's like somewhere around here.
  • Yeah, it's right there.

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It's the battle of bullet vs. blade as the guys take aim at an ax against a backdrop of balloons in this eye-popping 4K slow-mo experiment. The Super Slow Show...Don't blink or you might miss it.