One of the foremost rules of gun safety is to always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. That means not pointing a rifle at yourself, and absolutely not rigging it to fire at the pull of a string. However, Norwegian physicist Andreas Wahl is known for taking extreme steps in order to demonstrate science. The daredevil scientist has starred in a number of videos in which he puts his own life on the line in a series of death-defying experiments, and this underwater rifle test is merely the latest.

Bullets travel slower and cover less distance in water. That’s pretty much a given. Even with that information, we’re not sure we want to stand just a few feet away from the business end of a rifle submerged in a pool.

Wahl doesn’t even flinch.

Image screenshot of video by NRK Viten on YouTube

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3 thoughts on “Video: Physicist Risks Life to Demonstrate Underwater Ballistics

  1. how far would it go were the barrel not full of water when the trigger pulled? do it again with a condom rubber banded over the muzzle..

    1. That’s not going to stop water from entering the chamber. Even if it did the bullet would more than likely fragment on contact with water at rifle speeds.

  2. this would only be dangerous if he had not tried it a dozen times before without him standing there. Testing beforehand would have obviously showed him the safe distance to stand for the video run.

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