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I’m a big fan of Shiva the Destroyer. According to the wikipedia hive mind, “Shiva is the standard of invincibility, might, and terror as well as a figure of honor, delight, and brilliance.” For me, Shiva represents the duality of destruction as creation. The fact that Shiva is a Baldwin is relevant; there is incredible beauty in destruction, and yes, violence. As demonstrated by action movie director Sam Peckinpah, whose love of slow-mo ballistic mayhem helped elevate him from hack to auteur. Also on display above, in the Slo Motion Lab video of various bullets intersecting with various solids and liquids. I’ve said it before: I’d give my right testicle to have a really high speed camera for our reviews. Sigh. 

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  1. That video: I do not think it links where you think it links.

    Anyway, mine doesn’t play any slo-mo video!

  2. “I’d give my right testicle to have a really high speed camera for our reviews.”

    I know a guy…

    • Robert

      Just take the ALS challenge and challenge Shannon to do it or donate the damn camera ! She helped facilitate her rich hubby’s divorce from wife #1 (and mother of his 3 children) right when he got his golden parachute for screwing over health insurance policy holders in California and now she is doing something to keep Bloomy happy. She would gladly trade your nut as a prize In exchange for a lousy camera

  3. Note that at the 0.57 mark the bullet has not hit the Log Cabin jug yet the container is already showing signs of the impact. Is this muzzle blast?

    • Yes. Very odd. Everything should be behind the bullet. Pressure wave, un burnt powder, etc.

    • It’s a close range shot and that’s the muzzle blast. Yes, it’s travelling faster than the bullet at that point. If there is any pressure in the barrel behind the bullet, it will travel faster than the bullet for a very short amount of time as it disperses.

    • Its air pressure and debris from in front of the Jug. you can see the air pressure wave sweep all the junk forward.

  4. Cool video, especially the muzzle blast, however, I take exception to shooting peanut butter and jelly. Thankfully it did not appear to be grape jelly.

    • I agree but for an entirely different reason: it is Peanut Butter and Jelly not the other way round! I bet he regularly puts the stuff on the wrong side of the bread too.

    • That senseless slaughter of five high-fructose corn syrup and caffeinated Cokes made me recoil in raw horror…

      That BASTARD!

    • However, I did note that the peanut butter seriously slowed the bullet, and induced a major tumble as the bullet exited the jar. Would 2 feet of peanut butter be an effective bullet-proof barrier? Could it be applied to my vehicle?

  5. Theirst dude shot the deagle and it nearly owned him. Further in dude shoots a deagle and it jams.

    And it did look like the syrup jug started to explode before the bullet hit.

    • I used to have a .50AE Desert Eagle. As long as you had one made in Israel and used decent ammo…oh, and held it…it never jammed. Only thing mine would do was FTF if I used crappy BVAC underpowered ammo. It wouldn’t push the slide back far enough. When using any other ammo not a single malfunction…even reloads.

    • Well the shooter was extremely limp wristed. Every semiauto pistol will most likely fail if you limp wrist.

    • Yeah, the stovepipe jam at 1:54 would have interfered with his self-defense plans if the PB&J counterattacked.

  6. Man, that video really makes me miss the Desert Eagle .50 I used to have…will have one again one day.

    And honestly, I’d prefer you not get a slow motion camera. In the TTAG videos I’ve watched your slow motion pisses me off…for example, it seems like you’ll do a video called something like “AAC 5.56 suppressor” and then you’ll show the first five shots…in slo mo. And then 2 in regular speed so we can actually hear the suppressed shot. 🙂

      • Of course it’s for the children. When criminals start smearing themselves with layers of peanut butter and we have north Hollywood shootout version 2 you’ll be kicking yourself for not banning it earlier.

        Maybe it’s not too late for mike Honda to include it in his bill.

  7. Amazing camera. Maybe you guys should get one. But probably not, I don’t think the cost makes sense.

  8. Anyone notice the impacts of bullets on glass … the entire glass object seems to totally shatter almost instantly upon contact with the bullet. That amazes me because the bullets are already at least close to supersonic (if fired from a handgun) or beyond supersonic (if fired from a rifle). That means the pressure wave that causes the glass to shatter has to be travelling MUCH faster than the bullet!

  9. Also did anyone notice the shape and hexagonal character of the fireballs? It looks to me like the rifling lands and grooves played a significant role.


    They are definitely pricey (it’s a call and ask kinda thing) so you’d have to do an estimate of whether it would drive increased traffic. I’d imagine your break even time would be somewhere in the 1-2 year timespan, sooner if you can integrate the videos into the reviews without it seeming like it’s simply tacked-on.

  11. Unless you’re going to use the dickens out of a high frame rate camera, what’s the point?

    If you want to make a bunch of content with a HFR camera, then brainstorm all the stuff you want to do, get your logistics all lined out, then go rent a camera and shoot all the stuff you have in mind in a week or whatever, then return the camera.

    That way you have your content and you don’t have this rapidly depreciating asset sitting on the shelf most of the time. Seriously, this is business 101. A highly specialized piece of high-tech gear is usually going to go down in value – and anything based on electronics (eg, a CCD-based camera) is going to go down in value faster than you can depreciate it, especially anything that the IRS might consider “dual use” (personal and business).

    If the blog business is making so much money that you need to burn some money, then hey, OK, go buy the camera and Section 179 it on your tax return.

  12. Nice fireball! But yeah, very poor grip.

    Maybe you need a Kickstarter to get a camera? If every reader kicked in a dollar, how much would you get?

  13. Nice video, and nice looking gun, BUT it looked like every time he shot, the next round jammed in the gun.

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