Ask Adam Savage: Testing the Bulletproof Water Myth

Tested member Evan Currie wondered, “When you did the gunfire into water myth, I noted that the higher powered rifles actually penetrated less than lower powered ones, however they did it by expending all their energy much faster. I was curious if you guys ever considered testing whether the shockwave from something like a .50 BMG rifle might actually be deadly even if the bullet never reached the target?” Thank you, Evan! Here are Adam’s thoughts on the matter.

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3 thoughts on “Ask Adam Savage: Testing the Bulletproof Water Myth

    1. exactly my question, but they didn’t do “fish in a swimming pool”…

      need to quantify fishing with explosives on a smaller scale

    2. the side of fish in a barrel was the fact that the shockwave reverberated within the barrel and that fish are fairly soft and sensitive creatures to those sorts of changes (especially being smaller relative to the shockwave) – likely the story adam commented on about depth charge and floating tangential, or perpendicular to the shockwave would be on par to fish in a barrel in terms of the forces involved, if you also allowed the body of water small enough to reverberate.

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