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Old 26th May 2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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Stupid is as stupid does

50 Caliber rifle versus watermelon - YouTube
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Old 26th May 2018, 08:07 PM   #2
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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

Unless that watermelon was rigged to blow up, that was a pretty stupid stunt....
Aw heck, it was stupid anyway....
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Old 27th May 2018, 12:31 AM   #3
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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

Uh...'looks to me as though they planted a charge IN the watermelon, blew it up with that...and probably photoshopped it from there.

'Never have I seen a round cause an even, 360* around, pretty much perfectly spherical-shaped 'burst' pattern from the center out upon impact. Most of the burst travels in the same direction as the projectile. E.g.: Check out the "impact" frame(s) on the Zapruder film (frame 310-315...somewhere in there).

Besides - who'd be DUMB ENOUGH to play William Tell for real with any firearm (let alone a .50 cal.) OR a mini bomb?

Uh...come to think of it...lemme get back to ya on that one...
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Old 27th May 2018, 07:26 AM   #4
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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

Nothing was planted in the watermelon. A 50 caliber sniper round muzzle velocity is 2800 feet per second, muzzle energy is 11,500 foot pounds. That's 1 3/4 Cadillacs traveling at 1/2 mile a second concentrated into a 1/2 inch projectile. It's devastating.
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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

And yes it was stupid to shoot a watermelon off someone's head.
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Old 27th May 2018, 11:11 AM   #6
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Nothing was planted in the watermelon. A 50 caliber sniper round muzzle velocity is 2800 feet per second, muzzle energy is 11,500 foot pounds. That's 1 3/4 Cadillacs traveling at 1/2 mile a second concentrated into a 1/2 inch projectile. It's devastating.

I again suggest:

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E.g.: Check out the "impact" frame(s) on the Zapruder film (frame 310-315...somewhere in there).
I've fired a .50 cal into melons as well as ocean waves (the latter at U.S.N. Antiaircraft Training Center, Dam Neck, Virginia). Result was as I described. There was no perfectly round, basketball-shaped, symmetrical burst pattern produced emanating from target-center. While some blowback did occur from the point of impact, the 'splatter' more-or-less...I say again; more-or-less...went straight up, straight down, straight left, straight right, and the bulk of it in the same direction as the projectile. Nothing of any great consequence blew back toward me that I can recall. Certainly not anywhere near enough to create the perfect visual sphere seen in the 'William Tell' vid.


Perhaps this will illustrate a bit 'more gooder' (starting @ 01:20 or so):

Catching a Bullet with a Watermelon - The Slow Mo Guys - YouTube



OTOH, this is a link to a vid wherein a melon is blown up "with a banger". Note the splatter pattern is very similar (identical ?) to the one in the O.P. vid (F.F. to 02:05 or so):

Melon Fragmentation at 2500fps - The Slow Mo Guys - YouTube

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Re: Stupid is as stupid does

Relax gents, the originators of this also have another video out about how they faked it. It is not real, and they come out and say it. Keep surfing, you'll find it.
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Old 28th May 2018, 10:37 AM   #8
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...It is not real...

No kidding!


(BTW, I am "relaxed". No one here has ever 'seen' me when I'm not...'guess you'll just hafta trust me on that one. )
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