Herra Kuulapaa

High Speed Ballistics Photography

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4. February 2014 - Stereoscopic 3D high speed air gun fun - Cross your eyes to view this in 3D

I went to my email archive and counted all emails wishing for stereoscopic 3D air gun material of those red tablets below. We've been very busy with real gun stuff that this hasn't been possible before. Unfortunately one key component of our setup failed last week and it's not possible to shoot real guns before replacement arrives so it's time to fulfill this request.


So, here is the red tablet material, enjoy :)

High speed bullet 1
High speed bullet 2
High speed bullet 3

18. June 2013


This is B12 vitamin tablet. This one had red filmcoating on it and putting bullet in it makes good show. Contrast between tablet core and coating helps us visualize impact nicely.


Couple words of warning: You better not shoot any harmful of even any medicines at all if you don’t know exact safety profiles of them. Tablets tend to disintegrate into fine dust and inhaling that dust is not usually a good thing to do. They’re not using safety clothing and respiration filters in medicinal factories for nothing.


Bullet hitting ice 1
Bullet hitting ice 2
Bullet hitting ice 3

Ice you say? When I was young it was quite common for kids to shoot around with air rifles and during winter we got good supply of blocks of ice. It was normal and pretty harmless most of the times. Nowadays we live in very different world where you get yourself arrested even walking outside with toy gun. People are panicking just about anything these days. For example in my home town old man was stopped by police when he was returning from hardware store with an axe. Yes, someone got worried about his plans. Come on, 70% of Finland is covered by forests, rest is usually water and in this case ice during winter time.


So, what happens when you shoot ice cube with air shot rifle. Well, cube goes away but interesting is that it actually forms some kind of solid/gas spray upon impact. Check yourself.


Bullet nitroglycerin 1
Bullet nitroglycerin 2
Bullet nitroglycerin 3

Have you ever wondered what happens when nitroglycerin tablets are shot with air rifle? In this experiment 0,5mg glyceryl tri nitrate tablets were shot with 4,5 cal air rifle. Unfortunately result was less spectacular than anticipated. There was no explosion or even combustion of any kind. Of course amount in each tablet was rather small but this should assure your safety walking nitroglycerin tablets in your pocket and even falling down on them. No, you don’t lose your leg like stepping on a land mine.

Bullet hitting clay 1
Bullet hitting tablet 1
Bullet hitting clay 2
Bullet hitting tablet 1

Coloured modelling clay makes perfect show but nasty mess to clean.This applies also to kids playing with it. Impact is worth the mess though and it reminds me of asteroid hitting planet or something.

Bullet hitting tablet 1

Air rifle bullet hitting fluoride tablet. Despite of relatively low kinetic energy the impact is nevertheless so tense that tablet dissintegrates to fine dust.

If you look closely the middle picture you can spot bullet clearly flattened on impact.

Bullet hitting match 1
Bullet hitting match 2
Bullet hitting match 3

Air rifle bullet travelling ~190m/s hitting match head. In red head match pictures bullet was aimed just to scrape match head. Interestingly some matches ignited on impact although they were so called safety ones. Safety point of view it may not be the most wise thing to shoot incendiary targets indoors ;) In blue head image bullet hit stick below match head.

Bullet stopped

Cal 4,5 (.177) Air rifle bullet travelling ~190m/s suspended in mid air by high speed flash. Note rifle marks on bullet head and tail.

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