The Hand Cannon

     Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 22, 2021
     Category: Medieval Era | Renaissance Era | Asia | Europe | Weapons

The barrel explosion is not actually caused by the hand cannon. If you go to the YT version it is much discussed.
Posted by Stan on 02/22/21 at 03:46 PM
Anytime a larger object is exploded by a very small object while being recorded, I always conclude that planted explosives are involved. You're right, Steve. It is obvious in the first slow motion take in the supplied video and very obvious in the second take.
Posted by KDP on 02/22/21 at 08:46 PM
I took a new pistol (.357 magnum, 2" barrel) out to the canal to fire a few rounds because it would be days before my schedule and the local shooting range's schedule coincided. Several times, the canal had frozen over, the level dropped, breaking up the ice, then the level rose again, it froze again, etc. etc. etc. leaving a plethora of good-sized chunks of ice as targets.

First two shots were uneventful (except it shot low and to the left), but the third hit a chunk about the size of a pillow, and the thing just disappeared! There was like a cloud of ice crystals, not a single piece big enough to fall back to Earth. Awesome! Intellectually, I knew how a crystalline structure under stress can transfer energy evenly throughout its body, and how ice can sublimate under pressure, but this was pure, emotional beauty.

The experience actually weakened my faith in science because there was no way anyone could ever replicate that exactly, at that scale, in a lab.
Posted by Phideaux on 02/22/21 at 08:58 PM

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