This experiment shows how fast bullets are really moving.
Everyone knows different types of bullets travel at varying speeds and velocities based on how much powder the round uses and the size of the projectile. If you've been shooting for a long time, you're likely familiar with muzzle velocities and bullet expansion in some capacity.
However, have you ever thought about what those different numbers mean visually in real time?
You are about to find out. The Slo-Mo Guys on YouTube are always using high-speed cameras to give us a different look at the world in which we live. For this video, they fire four guns. A handgun chambered in 9mm Luger and another in .45 ACP. They also shoot two rifles, a Barrett in .416 and a standard AK-47 in 7.62x39mm.
They film these shots and then put them side-by-side for a bullet "race." The results are fascinating to watch.
The results here probably aren't surprising to most of us familiar with firearms. Most of us already knew that a 7.62x39 was going to be faster than a .45 ACP. However, I don't think I realized just how much slower the heavier .45 ACP round was as compared to rifle rounds and 9mm until I watched this video.
In their second shot, the Barrett .416 was moving at a blistering 3,132 feet per second. It moves so fast it passes through their melon target before the two handgun rounds even reach the halfway point. To put things into further perspective, I Googled the average speed of a 747 jet plane. Those aircraft are flying at about 550 miles per hour. The .416 is a blisteringly fast round!
At times, I'm not sure many gun owners really stop to think about just what it means when you see the gun industry advertising speeds. This visual representation gives us a whole new outlook at just what these numbers mean when compared to other rounds.
This was a fascinating experiment. We would love to see the same thing done with other rounds and even shotgun loads in a future video.