A bullet may move too fast for the human eye to see, but in this video, a high-speed camera is able to slow a fired slug down to a crawl.
The .45 ACP may be a slow round, but it’s usually faster than this. This clip, captured by a cutting edge specialized camera, shows a bullet fired from the barrel of gun that was caught at a staggering 250,000 frames per second, and then slowed down into a five-second video.
By comparison, most videos are recorded and played at around 30 frames per second.
The footage was taken in 2008 by engineer Werner Mehl and his company Kurzzeitmesstechnik, which specializes in high-tech ballistic measuring systems and high-speed photographs. Since then, the video has gone viral, with many claiming the bullet was captured at one million frames per second. While low resolution clips can be captured at this speed, only a quarter of the alleged frame-capturing rate was needed to film the bullet.
While firearms have been around for hundreds of years, the technology provides a whole new look at what exactly is happening when you pull the trigger on a gun. We can see the expelling of gas from the barrel with the bullet following close behind and beginning its stablizing spin as a result of the gun’s rifling.
It’s an impressive look at how far humans have come in technology, able to not only invent firearms capable of projecting metal at thousands of feet a second, but also to build cameras that can slow a fired bullet down to a speed of molasses in winter.
It’s about as close as you’ll get to experiencing bullet time, outside of “The Matrix.”