Amazing Photos That Show What It Looks Like to Fire a Gun Underwater

Ever wonder what it looks like when you fire a gun underwater? Firearm enthusiast Andrew Tuohy of VuurwapenBlog recently decided to find out. Taking his .40 Glock 22 into his swimming pool, he captured some high speed videos of himself firing a round using an ordinary Pentax Optio WG-2 waterproof compact camera (which has a 120fps movie recording mode). The photograph above is a still taken from one of the videos.

Here’s one of the clips he captured (you might want to turn your sound down a bit):

Another photo of the submerged Glock firing:

Tuohy did the same experiment with other guns as well. Here’s his .45 Kimber 1911:

In case you’re thinking that firing a gun inside your pool can’t be safe for the pool walls, look closely at the video. After traveling a few feet, the bullet simply stops and sinks due to the drag of the water.

We could definitely see some photographer doing an entire series of underwater bullet photographs using a professional camera, and then exhibiting the photos as fine art (perhaps it has even been done already).

(via VuurwapenBlog via Gizmodo)

Update: Destin of Smarter Every Day did some similar experiments with guns in fishtanks and a high speed camera:

Image credits: Photographs and videos by Andrew Tuohy/VuurwapenBlog

  • Neil

    Should have tried it at different depths to see how the pressure/force acts on the bullet

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I don’t think it would significantly affect the bullet given that the net force exerted by pressure is equal to zero. Sure, higher pressure means slightly higher density of liquid molecules at lower depths, which leads to slightly higher drag affecting the travel of the bullet. However, liquids don’t compress as much as gases do so it probably wouldn’t affect the bullet as much, particularly at typical swimming pool depths. If anything, it might even look less impressive with smaller gas bubbles.

  • 4234234234

    readinbg his blog.. i think it is safe to say he has a nut loose… gun freaks with small dic….

  • Jingo

    I agree with you Neil!!! liquid not as much as gas???? We live under 50KM of gas…. try diving 20 meters deep, you’ll use X times more oxygen ;P …. IMO science is impressive…. period

  • Wes

    At least he can spell and capitalize properly…

  • Dash

    Yes, more depth causes more partial pressure but not more water density and viscosity.

  • Jetfire70

    At least he was smart enough to get his head out of the water. Other people doing this have blown out their ear drums from the pressure wave.

  • Rob S

    love how you can see the rifling in the first image.

  • Rob S

    Probably no impact on the bullet but the “Cone of cool” bummbles would be smaller as the pressure would force them together.

    I have been as deep as 140 feet and once you equalize you dont feel the pressure.

  • Anthony Burokas

    I didn’t even think you could fire a gun underwater.
    Not that it does you much good unless your target is a foot or two from the gun.

    Why do the “bullets” in action movies go so far and so fast underwater?

  • Dave

    Correct. Boyle’s Law.

  • Mci

    Then learn some. Water is for all practical purposes incompressible. It’s density even at the bottom of the ocean is only a tiny amount higher than at the surface.

  • Henning Nilsen

    Because Hollywood is known for their accurate depiction of reality -.-

  • Greg

    I sometimes like to be a bad man and skip 22’s across the lake. Get just the right pitch and angle and it’s incredible- it will skip dozens of times and make an incredible noise. Lower the angle just a little and it will tear a wheal across the surface of the water like a speedboat. And at the remotest lake I can get to, we’ll put a 55 gallon drum 3/4 of a mile across the lake and skip high power rifle rounds at it. First one to hit it off of a skip wins. Yeah, I know it’s inherently dangerous, but all you shooters out there should try it. But set up a Jersey barrier at a really really remote lake first, get behind it, and use your best judgement.

  • Russ Tavares

    What you’re leaving out is the expansion of the gases behind the bullet would be drastically reduced if they don’t compare to the pressure of water forcing those gases back info compression.

  • Russ Tavares

    And the gas that the bullet uses as propellent IS.
    He’s right, you’re not.

  • Russ Tavares

    Firing bullets into the water from above in hollywood movies, you’ll usually still see them slowing down, but for those that don’t, they have to be high-powered rifle rounds with incredible aero(hydro)dynamics.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Oh yeah… I’ve only been assuming constant velocity upon leaving the barrel. Good catch.

    Either way, I still think that shots closer to the surface might look more interesting.

  • Biff

    From what I recall in Mythbusters: high-velocity rounds would travel less underwater than slower rounds.

  • pyrodice

    I haven’t seen the episode, but if I had to guess, I’d have to ask if the higher velocity rounds are SMALLER, and thus would lose speed faster from that… rifle rounds tend to be smaller than handgun, with more powder for greater range. Seem reasonable?