Splitting a Bullet Into Eight Pieces in Super Slow Motion [Video]

splitting bullet

On Friday we posted “The Slow Mo Guys” slowing down a world champion wild west quick draw. Today, it’s the ol’ trick of splitting a bullet on a blade. Thanks to 28,500 frames-per-second video we can clearly watch a .45 ACP as it splits into four pieces of core and four pieces of jacket . . .



  1. avatar Zeke says:

    Despite its near-total impracticality, now I want a kinda cross-bladed axe.

  2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Very cool.
    I love high speed cameras. From watching barrels wobble, to scopes whale tailing, bullets with gas clouds around them, balls of flame escaping barrels… Cool stuff!

    I’m guessing cameras like that are a bit spendy?

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Too bad YouTube will be removing their content for featuring evil, EVIL I TELL YOU! firearms.

    2. avatar C. Walther says:

      I looked it up one day, and that particular camera was somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000. Mind you, this was a few years ago.

      If I remember correctly, they had a (clearly VERY) good friend who hooked them up with a loaner when they started the channel.

      1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

        Yep, it was most likely the same camera that made the rounds of a TON of youtube channels a year or two ago. IIRC they were drumming up interest to rent it out.

    3. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “I’m guessing cameras like that are a bit spendy?”

      RF a while back mused in an article that he was thinking about buying one.

      Perhaps on further contemplation, he realized that after dropping 100 thou on a ‘toy’ like that he might have a problem pleading poverty when the TTAG employees ask him for a raise… 🙂

  3. avatar ironicatbest says:

    There you have it, the 1911 will put a bullet on target in exactly the same place every time. Lucky the axe wasn’t vaporized by by it

    1. avatar Brainman says:

      But the ax did lose its soul.

      1. avatar kemikos says:

        Did you see the cross-blade welded to it? That happened long before they pulled the trigger…

  4. avatar Josey Wales says:

    Now that’s “gun violence!

  5. avatar pieslapper says:

    Will the bullet now take 8 souls?

  6. avatar TwoJohnsonsAreBetterThanOne says:

    Does it mean I can bring an ax to a gunfight?

    1. avatar MLee says:

      @ TwoJohnsonsAreBetterThanOne
      Feel free and good luck.

  7. avatar tmm says:

    No love for the Plinkster?

  8. avatar The Rookie says:

    So, now we need to figure out a way to split that 45 into 12.667 (if my math is correct) .9mm pieces!

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