Japanese sword splits 9mm bullet

Japanese sword splits 9mm bullet

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    Japanese sword splits 9mm bullet

    Here's an article at wired.com that presents a YouTube video that looks to be taken from a Japanese TV program where they fired a 9mm bullet at the edge of a katana (samurai sword) and the bullet was split leaving no visible damage to the sword. Pretty cool.

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2007/09/katana-sword-ta/
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    Tough luck for them they didnt perfect that during the Island Hopping Campaigns of the Pacific

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    There was a TV show, on the History Channel, Discovery or one of them, where this little guy with a big mustache was always trying to duplicate a weapon of old. He made his own samurai sword and put it against the real thing. They fired bullets at them and both split the bullets. I think one had a small nick. It was a nifty show, but I can't for the life of me remember if I ever saw what it was called, lol.
    When you think about it, hardenend steel against lead is no match unless its an actual fight.

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    Interesting. I saw and episode of Stan Lee's Superhumans where a Japanese man split a baseball "pitched" to him by a former MLB pitcher with a sword on the draw. The pitcher threw the ball and the swordsman drew his sword and sliced the ball in half in one motion. Later someone fired what appeared to be an airsoft or BB gun and he was able to draw and slice that projectile in two also. I'm sure the velocity was not close to a typical 9mm but I'd like to think with enough practice, skill, dedication, quality blade, and right amount of the force it would possible to do this to a bullet in flight.

    I am however grateful they didn't demostrate or have these skills during the war. Although it may have been easier then with the larger, slower .45 acp.
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    Well, I'll take the 9mm. I just can't see me out there with a sword trying to parry the shots coming at me, I'm getting older and I'm not that fast anymore.
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    PAcanis,
    I believe the show you are referring to is Weapon Masters, originally on the Discovery Channel, now also on the Military Channel.
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    Well, if it had only been something beginning with a .4.... Yes, I am trying to start a caliber war.
    Never bring a 9mm to a swordfight. Maybe. Almost never.
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    That depends. At ten yards, I would take the 9mm, at three feet, the sword.
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    I've got a feeling that subsequent rounds might give the swordsman all he wants.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
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    I believe the show you are referring to is Weapon Masters, originally on the Discovery Channel, now also on the Military Channel.
    Thanks. That's the show.

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    Well, I'm glad I wasn't paying to see this clip. It was interesting but not overwhelming. I suspect you could use a Buck knife with similar results.
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    For some reason this clip seems relevant.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DzcOCyHDqc

    Edit: Plus, cutting the projectile in two doesn't stop it...it just creates two entry points.

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    Since I'm not as fast as Luke "Jedi" Skywalker nor does the force guide me, I'll stick with my G19 and those soft lead bits wraped in a jacket.

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    During WWII , in China and the Pacific, many prisoners died over Japanese "testing" their swords ..... to see how many heads they could hack off in one swing. If you ever visit NE China, do not bring up anything about the Japanese. They still maintain the buildings the Japanese used there as their headquarters, and a museum with pictures, etc. of all of the 100's of thousands of people they killed while they occupied the area after invading it. It is to remind everyone of what the Japanese did. If you bring it up, expect a 2-5 hr speech about how they still hate the Japanese, as they never apologized for any of it. Death by a Japanese sword was a very common occurrence, especially Chinese babies.

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    Here is a short slide show of how a traditional katana is made. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/samurai/swor-flash.html
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