Finally…The Vortex/Hornady BULLET-CAM

Science marches on.


  1. avatar Jon in CO says:

    This was the best one, hands down.

    1. avatar Nobody special says:

      I’m not coming to this site anymore today.

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “This was the best one, hands down.”

      That one had me until nearly the very end, when it showed the flight video.

      Only then did I realize there was no way a million FPS video cam could possibly be in there.

      But, damn, was that ever one of the *slickest* video gags yet.

      They put some serious work in on that one…

      1. avatar Jon in CO says:

        The thing I questioned was, “how is it transmitting that video without power, that far away?”

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “how is it transmitting that video without power, that far away?”

          Seriously? Everyone knows bullets are hot, literally, coming out of the barrel. The heat is routed to an internal heat sink, which powers a flux capacitor, which fires little bolts of lightning into a miniature RF nanobots that continuously transmit sub-space data packets to a host (smart phone/tablet). Because of the nanobots, there is no need for gyroscopic stabilization. The data stream, made up of unlimited numbers of datas, is resolved in the host, making things look just like a camera mounted atop the bullet.

          Get it? Got it? Good.

        2. avatar LarryinTX says:

          Sam, are you sure? I was thinking it would be steam generators.

        3. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Sam, are you sure? I was thinking it would be steam generators.”

          Micro steam generators are used for the launch catapult.

        4. avatar gsteele says:

          D’oh! How hard is that to figure out? Can you say wind power? It’s flying freakin’ 3,000 feet per second – that’s a 2,000 mile an hour wind! Enough energy to power a gatling gun! Jeez, I gotta tell you everything . . .

        5. avatar Sam I Am says:

          “Can you say wind power?”

          Wind is the emergency backup power sourced. In case you shoot on a cold day, and the heat build-up from the gases and barrel friction do not quite spin-up the flux capacitor.

        6. avatar Blue535 says:

          It’s easy, this is a real deal. They have a nuclear reactor inside the round and that’s what powers the camera.

        7. avatar Wsuufg says:

          Tiny RTG powered by used night sight Tritium modules.

    3. avatar Anonymous says:

      I agree! Gut buster – this one.
      I couldn’t stop laughing.

    4. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      Sorry TTAG they came up with the better April Fools joke!

  2. avatar Rick the Bear (MA to NH!!) says:

    Cool! Expensive, but cool.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I suspect $2, maybe $2.50 a round, huh?

  3. avatar Bob in IN says:

    Another April Fools vid?

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      No, everything you see on the internet is true…

      1. avatar 16V says:

        The general public doesn’t have a damn clue what can be done, or can’t, IRL….

    2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Check out the date on the video display around 2:22.

  4. avatar ucfgrad93 says:

    That was awesome! I agree with Jon, this is the best one of the day!

  5. avatar Geoff PR says:


    I assumed TTAG was going with Nick’s April Fools gag than the one I tipped them with…

  6. avatar Carl says:

    Those scientists looked legit.

  7. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I can see this in the not too distant future.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Like, about 1 April 2018!

  8. avatar Carrucan says:

    I’d spend $100 for a box of these.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Box of 50, yeah!

      1. avatar Isaac says:

        If this was legit I would pay the $99.99/10rds. Its $8.50 more than what I pay per round but I’d have some sweet video of long range coyote killin.

  9. avatar JoeVK says:

    My first thought: Yeah, bullets spin, and that “bullet camera” sure as hell isn’t. Then I remembered what day it is.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      High-speed gimbals, synthetic lube.

    2. avatar Randbo says:

      Duh…..I didn’t even think about bullet spin.

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        i so em bear assed.

  10. avatar CarlosT says:

    This is actually pretty good. Nice production values.

  11. avatar Sam I Am says:

    ‘Mericans can make they self some gadgets.

    Derivative gadgets may prove more useful than the original.

  12. avatar Me says:

    I totally bought it. Dang…aahm stoopid. Gump mode.

  13. avatar Boba Fett says:


  14. avatar Burt says:

    I want to beleive

    1. avatar Swobard says:

      Me too! C’mon… how cool would that be!

  15. avatar Vhyrus says:

    I want this to be legit.

  16. avatar Adub says:

    That was awesome. Slick and well done.

    Of course, Brownells ad at the bottom of this page says they are the internet’s largest “Tactical Falcon Dealer” with free shipping on all birds.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Could you imagine opening a box filled with a golden eagle that was tossed around for 3 days with no food or water?

  17. avatar BLAMMO says:

    They don’t say it but the teeny tiny little camera is mounted inside a teeny tiny little gimbal / gyro stabilization mount. Otherwise, the video would spin with the ballistics.

    But of course, you all knew that.

  18. avatar Irishmike says:

    You guys are evil! I hate every one of you! ?

  19. avatar The Pontificator says:

    TTAG I’m gonna slap yo mamma!!!!

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Winnequah Gun Club
      Lodi, WI

    2. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Winnequah Gun Club
      Lodi, WI
      Rifle ranges out to 1,200 yards.

  20. avatar Kc in NorCal says:

    I’ll take a couple dozen of just the projectile, best spy cam ever.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      You do realize that using it while stationary would result in an apparent counterspin around 150,000 RPM, right? Sheesh, some people.

  21. avatar Badwolf says:

    The pistol caliber bullet cam was issued to all members of LE today.

    Also announced today, gun manufacturers have finally perfected micro stamping technology.

  22. avatar Bobiojimbo says:

    That’s… actually cool!

  23. avatar A. C. says:

    Remember that guided .50 BAR bullet developed at Sandia Labs? The first announcement was just over four years ago (and not on April 1):

    What improvements has Sandia Labs made since then?

  24. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    just wait until the bin laden bullet cam video is released.
    not to mention harambe. and cecil.

    can you imagine the pay per view earnings for kennedy/ king?

  25. avatar T. Parsons says:

    $99.99 per box of 10. LOL Hilarious.

  26. avatar Scoutino says:

    If or when someone comes up with bullet cameras they will go into shotgun slugs first I suppose. More space, no spin and much lower pressures and acceleration rates. Powered by piezo crystal maybe?

  27. avatar Hannibal says:

    Just waiting until ALCU doesn’t get it and insists that all police officers be issued only these types of rounds.

  28. avatar The Dotted Line says:

    Is the Under Armour shirt part of the April Fool’s day gag? Surely no self-respecting firearm company would still want to associate with them.

  29. avatar Justsomeguy says:

    I absolutely hate April 1st. The idea that we think it’s a good idea to put out fake news any day is senseless.

  30. G O O D – O N E ! ! !

    I’ll admit, I swallowed it hook, line, and primer.

    You bet.

    Not the least bit. It was a great gag.

  31. avatar Clay says:

    How many times per second does a bullet spin

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