SIG under water

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    SIG under water

    I sneaked into the house earlier to catch Mythbusters!

    I missed the 9 0'clock new stuff prog' but after that was a prog doing ''revisited'' stuff.

    This time instead of firing from above into water - they fired under water. The semi was 9mm 239 - and this functioned well. However it seems the lethal range was not much more than 2 feet - by three feet a gel block was barely touched. Interesting demo.

    What did not like being submerged was a SBS 12 gauge!! - that broke badly under the chamber area - as if back pressure acted on recoil shields very strongly - and they took care to get rid of all air in the system as with the other guns.

    A .357 revo - Smith I think - did fine and survived, as did an M1 Garrand.

    At 2 feet the 9mm penetrated about 4" IIRC and the .357 about 7" - nearly coming out the back of the gel. With all tests tho - seems like if you were about 10 feet away from a discharge - you'd be 100% safe - which includes the 30-06..

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    Forgot to mention - predicatably the SIG did not cycle fully - empty was caught between slide and chamber.
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    IRRC the standard .45 travels about 15 feet underwater. Contact range would still be lethal though.
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    A weapon fired into the water.....and.....a weapon fired that was submerged in water would be two completely different things I would think.

    Main difference >> bbl filled with water at the time of firing. ----

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    Yeah, I caught it too, but turned it off after they found the .357 bullet. How did the sausage rocket do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    IRRC the standard .45 travels about 15 feet underwater. Contact range would still be lethal though.
    So would a "Stout Blank..!"
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    Did the semi cycle under water?
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    Did the semi cycle under water?
    Hi Jon - I had added the following to my first post, which may not show very obviously -
    Forgot to mention - predictably the SIG did not cycle fully - empty was caught between slide and chamber.
    So - it was a one-shot deal.
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    did they cover about hearing damage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Hi Jon - I had added the following to my first post, which may not show very obviously.
    Not to an old fart like me who can't find his reading glasses.

    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    ... predicatably the SIG did not cycle fully - empty was caught between slide and chamber.
    Perhaps that's why I haven't seen many Garands equiped with surgical tubing in place of the buttstock.
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    dimmak - no, no ref' made to hearing aspect. From above it sounded (predictably I guess) very muffled - but under water, I daresay quite different, tho I doubt a pressure wave would be as damaging as in air, depite speed of sound being higher.
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    Interesting!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Hopefully I can catch the repeat. I loved the test that they did above water - should've recorded it. The results of the above water test totally suprised me.
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    This is my personal opinion. Only fools shoot pistols and rifles underwater. One little air bubble in the barrel and you ruin not only a weapon but possibly your face and/or hand as well. It's like somebody running stop signs. Eventually your going to get slammed.
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    OEF - I sure wouldn't recommend it!!

    These tests tho were well safe, controlled conditions - remote release with gun in Ransome rest - and also painstaking air removal before hand. It was interesting to see.
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    i love that show =O)

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    Quote Originally Posted by p8riot View Post
    Yeah, I caught it too, but turned it off after they found the .357 bullet. How did the sausage rocket do?
    It shot off sorta..better than you thought salami would do..but not as good as the Confederate rocket or the Chinese astronaut.

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