This video seems to show some sparks!
This is a discussion on Simple Q: Do bullets make sparks when they hit x, y or z? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf9bC...elated&search= This video seems to show some sparks!...
I used to think that lead and copper jacketed bullets did not spark but I have seen it now many times and I have seen in on at least one video of an actual police shooting.
The video was of a bad guy standing in front of a wall and in the wall there was a door way with a metal bar style gate locked in place. The bad guy is in a sort of standoff with the police and they are yelling for him to surrender. The police release a police dog and he pulls out some type of weapon to hurt the dog, either a gun or knife and many cops open up on him. I think the final tally is 81 rounds fired at him with the vast majority of them missing. Some of the police rounds strike the metal gate behind the bad guy and there are very evident sparks where some of the bullets strike the gate.
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So, then, the sparks you see in "Blood Diamond" aren't necessarily Hollywood "getting it wrong again," huh?
I mean, the ones you see look very much like electrical sparks... which I guess is the unavoidable by-product of the fact that they are using electrical squibs to make them! They mostly come off of car fenders and such in the movies. I just wasn't sure if it was totally a physical/chemical impossibility for copper or lead handgun ammunition to cause sparks.
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The military steel does. Our range had a grass fire from a military round hitting a steel plate. The fire department does not allow military ammo (steel) at the range anymore!
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Seems it is a question of scale - Hollywood heavily exagerates/accentuates in order to get ''effect'' ........ but real world stuff is much more subtle by comparison.
I subscribe, as do others, to the theory that impact energy has some heat energy by default and this can include light in some cases depending on the material struck. Not IMO "sparks" per se like striking a flint with steel but hot particulates emitting brief light.
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I saw someone shooting old German 9mm subgun ammo with sintered iron bullets at an indoor range once, sparkled real pretty.
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