Firing a 2 inch Gun at 12,500fps – The Slow Mo Guys


GAV: Hello, I’m Gav.
DAN: I’m Dan. GAV: We’re the Slow Mo Guys. DAN: Gav, I was in the Army for about seven years…
GAV: Yeah, you were Dan. DAN: … which means that I’ve got a lot of experience firing different types of guns….
GAV: Yeah. DAN: … and just before we did the Super-Slow Show, we fired possibly the fattest kind there is. [BANG] DAN: Big .50 cal rifle.
GAV: We shot the mirror right in the face… DAN: We did! DAN: We did. GAV: And the rounds were about this big.
DAN: Yeah, I got a headache from firing it a few too many times. GAV: Well, you’ve clearly read the title. You know this video is the complete opposite. DAN: Bit of a giveaway!
GAV: This is a tiny little pinfire gun, um… GAV: … which technically isn’t a firearm because it’s not rimfire, it’s pinfire.
DAN: Ooooh. GAV: It’s got a little key-ring on it.
DAN: So it– Oh, you can have it as a key ring! GAV: Yeah, you could wear it as a necklace.
DAN: Wow. DAN: So the 50 cal was 12.7 mil, I think…
GAV: Okay. DAN: …and that’s 2 mil.
GAV: Yeah. DAN: Which is a hefty difference.
GAV: It’s wee. DAN: Look, there’s like 20 rounds in here. It’s a tiny little bottle. Look at this little bottle! DAN: Most bullets are bigger than this.
GAV: You know what, we’re not doing a very good size comparison. GAV: We don’t have a standard procedure American quarter. GAV: There you go. Georgie Wash.
DAN: Oh! Nice one! DAN: That’s crazy, isn’t it? I’ve got sweaty hands, so this is gonna be so hard to do. DAN: Slipped in there.
GAV: Slips right in. DAN: No safety, but I’m not gonna cock it yet, I’m just gonna put it there. That’s ready to fire now. DAN: You hit that with anything else, it’d just blow it away. GAV: It would absolutely annihilate it.
DAN: It’d just annihilate it. You’d never see it again. GAV: Right, what do you think you’re aiming for?
I reckon a middle ‘A’. DAN: Middle ‘A’? Okay.
GAV: Yeah. DAN: I’m a bit nervous, because I’ve never missed from this far before. So if I miss… GAV: But when you think about it, when you scale it up, it’s further. DAN: It’s like a 25 meter shot.
GAV: Yeah. DAN: Ready?
GAV: Mmhmm. DAN: Ooh! It’s a hit! I got it!
GAV: You got it? GAV: Ooh, smells nice.
DAN: Ohh, it makes a dent as well. GAV: You didn’t get ‘A’, you got ‘C’. DAN: Are you complaining about me missing? Look at this, right? Look at the sheen on my fingers, yeah? DAN: I have to pull this back, and then I have to like fire this with my nail and my sweaty palms. DAN: It’s like slipping all over the place. It’s a wonder I can even fire the damn thing! DAN: It must mean it’s quite powerful if I hit it at such a low center of gravity and it still knocked the target over. DAN: Woah! Wow! Gosh! GAV: It flattened it.
DAN: That flattened it, cause that’s a ball! GAV: Okay, so let’s go frame by frame and see if we need to go faster. GAV: Seems like it fires a lot of… gunk.
DAN: Yeah, in that tiny little round, it’s like… GAV: Oh, there! There it is, you can see it streak to the front of all those sparks there. DAN: I saw it, it was in the middle of the smoke when it came out, and now it’s overtaken it. GAV: Oh, wow, so it’s still a streak at 12 and a half thousand FPS! (foops!) DAN: Gah… That’s mental!
GAV: That is really fast! GAV: I wonder what the, like, foot-per-second of that thing is. Cause that was a– was that you? You said it was a blur. DAN: You just have to crack the barrel like this, and then in there, in the end, is our spent round. DAN: So we’ve got to get our push rod here, shove it in… DAN: … and it should just push out the old round. There we go. That’s the push rod there. DAN: You see, it’s got all like black carbon around it because it’s been fired, and it doesn’t have a bullet on it there, DAN: whereas these ones… let’s just open our little magazine up… boop! DAN: These ones are clean, and they have little ball bullets on the end. You can see the difference there. DAN: I real– I want one now, as like a little necklace or like a keyring. That’d be so cool! GAV: Yeah, someone walks up to you and goes, “Hey, uh… mate? Do you carry?” DAN: Yeah, I’ve got an open carry license actually. There we go! DAN: We’ve moved further back, there’s a couple of feet here, and I’m gonna try and burst a… DAN: … strawberry… soda… red… sort-of fizzy drink can. GAV: I’ve gone all the way over here because I don’t want to get sticky on the cameras. DAN: Bit harder to hit the target from here actually, as well. Yeah.
GAV: Is it? DAN: OH!! Pfffffft-ah!!! You’re kiddin’ me!! GAV: No way!
DAN: It got me directly in the face! DAN: Oh man! If I hadn’t had these on it’d have got me in the eye ball! GAV: It came out the other side!
DAN: Did it? DAN: I am not getting shot by that thing!
GAV: It went all the way through! DAN: That’s the entrance there.
GAV: Did you go right through the hole in the ‘e’? DAN: Yeah well that’s what I was aiming for, obviously.
GAV: Yeah… GAV: I looked over and it was just– it was spewing out of both sides at once. DAN: Right, this is what I saw, okay? I was here, just like, “oh co– co– ho– fire, come on!” DAN: It, like, after aiming, it fired, and I was surprised that it fired, and then, DAN: because I had my eyes open, all I saw was this– this– I saw in slow motion I swear! DAN: Just strawberries coming straight at my face. I don’t even think it hit the table. It just went, “tssssssst” DAN: straight into my eyes, and on my ears and everything, and I was just like, “Eeeuuggghhh!!!” DAN: Absolutely nailed me! DAN: That’s incredible! I was never expecting it to go through both sides, I thought it would sort of struggle to get through one side. DAN: And this is what I mean, right? It just went straight to me!
GAV: Just straight in your face! DAN: It didn’t even hit the table! It’s not even hitting the table, it just went straight into my face. GAV: That’s so funny!
DAN: Perfect. GAV: You’ve drunk half the can.
DAN: Yeah, I really have. What a way to open a can! DAN: I think it’s the only gun that’s actually comical. It’s funny how small it is, DAN: and it even made a cheeky little exit there, just tore through. I’ve never seen such a small hole! DAN: GAH!! GAV: Knocked it over!
DAN: Jeez! DAN: So you would assume that this is the exit wound, but, if you push it together, DAN: you can actually see that that’s where it went in, and it’s come out of here. DAN: Took off! The entire can took off! GAV: When the pellet comes out the other side, it doesn’t split immediately. There’s actually a few frames where it’s just a hole. DAN: That’s because this is pressurized, so as soon as it like gets weakened, it just goes, “Whoahhhh!” GAV: What are you about to do?
DAN: Shoot a little (Lego?) man in the face. DAN: With this. This to him, is gigantic!
GAV: It’s like an artillery cannon! DAN: Yeah, it’s like an artillery cannon or something. DAN: Okay, ready?
GAV: Yep. DAN: Oh, where’d he go?
GAV: He just vanished! DAN: Where’d he go? Oh here he is! I found him! DAN: Oh his arm went! I took his arm off! I took his arm off. GAV: At this speed, when I rock it backwards and forwards, you can actually see the momentum travel through his body like he’s a full-sized human. DAN: Look, you can see where it’s hit there, and it’s like, knocked his arm off. GAV: He’s got an arm off.
DAN: I’m sorry pal! GAV: So this bloke has survived a Lego plane crash… *traumatic flashback* DAN: Yeah.
GAV: and now you blew his arm off? DAN: I feel sorry for him now, you’ve made me feel guilty about it. There’s no need for that! DAN: OH! I think I got him. I think I knocked his block off. DAN: I shot his hat off! Yeah!
GAV: You shot the hat off a Lego man? DAN: Ohh… wait, what? Ohh…
GAV: I think it hit the front of his hat. GAV: See that dent in his red hat?
DAN: Yeah. That’s an absolute headshot there. GAV: It protected him!
DAN: His earphones are still on as well. GAV: His muffs and his hat protected him. GAV: It actually saved his head! DAN: So found his hat. It’s got a huge dent in it right in the forehead middle part. DAN: To scale that’s probably about a mile his hat flew. DAN: This is an execution… OH!! Ow! DAN: Toong!
GAV: Boing! DAN: Ahhh! Hit my finger!
GAV: It hit you! GAV: Because this is so small, I want to get a shot on a macro lens. GAV: This is a Canon macro lens, and this is a PL mount, so I’m gonna have to do a little bit of… GAV: … open-heart surgery on the Phantom here. GAV: First I should take this lens off. GAV: You tilt it down a little bit, sort of lessens the chance that anything will fall onto the sensor. GAV: Canon mount… GAV: … stick a shim in there… DAN: I like how you’re individually tightening the screws a little bit, because it’s a circle you can’t get away DAN: with just tightening one at a time.
GAV: Yeah, if you put one all the way in then there’s no way this one would go in. GAV: So now… this Phantom fits Canon lenses! GAV: Go look at the end of that! Isn’t that weird? DAN: Blimey! DAN: Nice job!
GAV: A-thank you! DAN: We’re gonna use the clamp just to make sure that, because the macro has such a fine little focus, and I’ve got such fat fingers, DAN: Anytime I fire it, it inevitably moves millimeters left and right, DAN: but because we’re macro that means that that’s a whole world out of focus. DAN: So we’re gonna have to use a clamp here to make sure it just doesn’t move and I’ll just *boop* fire it. DAN: Oh my word! It makes it look huge! DAN: Oooh! GAV: Look at this, it looks so big and heavy. It’s like, “pshooo-pah” DAN: It looks like a huge piece of machinery, doesn’t it?
GAV: Yeah. GAV: Just the fact that the legs sink into the grass, was throwing the whole thing out of focus. I was having to hold it… DAN: I saw you bracing your thumb against this…
GAV: … in 3D space. I was doing this. I was like… GAV: I was controlling the whole thing by extending my finger against the table, like that. DAN: Yeah. Clever!
GAV: So this will be a macro shot right at the barrel. DAN: Firing. DAN: Oooh! DAN: Oh… it’s so quick! You don’t see anything.
GAV: You don’t see anything. GAV: Just for size comparison in that macro shot, I want to see what the coin looks like next to the barrel. GAV: Go for it! DAN: That’s mental! GAV: A good visual comparison there.
DAN: That is really cool. Nice idea! DAN: I like how the foresight is out of focus, but the side of the barrel isn’t. That must be… like a millimeter? DAN: Yeah, a quarter is fatter than the distance between… the foresight and the edge of the barrel, DAN: which is like, about a millimeter probably. So 1mm out, and you’ve completely lost focus. DAN: Is it weird that I had as much fun firing this little thing as I did the 50 cal, just in a different way? GAV: I prefer this because it doesn’t rattle my head.
DAN: Well of course you do! Yeah, to be fair, I have a headache after firing this now. DAN: Yeah, that’s really little– really fun.
GAV: I might though, on the macro shots, take all the sounds from the 50 Cal and put ’em… GAV: *explosions* GAV: I liked that though, just enjoyed the whole of making that video. Was nice and fun, nice and easy. GAV: Aside from the macro, that was a nightmare.
DAN: Surprisingly powerful though. DAN: Have to be careful with these things. They’re not to be messed around with, really. GAV: Well I mean we saw what it did to… the– the can, it had an exit wound. DAN: Exactly. Exactly, yeah.
GAV: You wouldn’t want that in your eye or your… any skin. DAN: No, so just point it away at all times, you’re wearing like safety goggles and all that good stuff. DAN: My trigger discipline was solid today.
GAV: Hopefully you enjoyed that video. GAV: Feel free to follow us on Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel, that’s this one. GAV: We’ve also got the other one behind the scenes and all that. Slow Mo Guys 2. GAV: You can bung that a sub as well if you want. It’s just more us… tragically, just… GAV: It’s more of us blokes. We’ll see you in the next video!

100 Replies to “Firing a 2 inch Gun at 12,500fps – The Slow Mo Guys

  1. Not even in the comments did i see anyone say anything about shooting any 1 of those coins are we serious here "webs best video material, but parcialy unfullysatisfied til an american coin gets shined💈⚓🎆

  2. I wonder if they sell these in the uk?

    Imagine if a parent thought that it was a normal key ring and the child actually knew it was a gun

  3. The slower bullets tend to go through liquids easier than faster bullets cause fast bullets have more kinetic energy behind it and that just shatters the bullet and it won’t go as far

  4. buy one
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Small-Miniature-Keychain-Cap-Gun-Set-5-varied-and-interesting/193102477166?hash=item2cf5cdf76e:g:1c4AAOSwzo9dfYHn

  5. It is so inaccurate because it has no rifling If you don’t know what that is it’s the tiny grooves inside of a rifle barrel that spins the bullet to stabilize it

  6. Guys I love your slow mo videos. I have a suggestion. Try to use a black or dark background for videos where you use fire or explosives. It will look beautiful and clear.

  7. whats interesting is it went through the e on the front, and came through the back where it went through another e! pretty cool! 5:18

  8. 12,000 feet per second??? This can't be? He fired at the target and it took a second to hit the target. I'd imagine 12,000 fps to hit much faster especially since it's dramatically faster than the speed of sound. Theoretically, shouldn't you hear it hit the target before you hear the shot going off?

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