What do you get when you combine a box full of dry ice and six firearms? Other than good chance of nobody ever loaning you a gun again, you get a pretty neat science experiment. The guys behind the YouTube channel LDF Research decided to pack a crate full of dry ice and then freeze several guns to test whether they would run when frozen (almost) solid. Needless to say, when you can’t even chamber a round, firing the rifle is not going to be easy.

They even froze the ammo too. You can see where this is going.

It should be noted that using dry ice—which is solid carbon dioxide—to flash freeze guns may be dangerous. We were pretty surprised that the testers didn’t find themselves frozen to their firearms or worse. Placing your cheek on a piece of wood frozen with dry ice is certainly not advisable, and neither is handling any firearm that has been subjected to extreme cold or heat. That said, these videos and their results are very interesting. There’s not a lot of editing, though, so you may find yourself fast-forwarding a lot.

1. Yugoslavian SKS

2. Ruger Mini 14

3. AK

4. IWI Tavor

5. Pistol AR

6. Glock 17

Image screenshot of video by LDF Research on YouTube

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4 thoughts on “Will These 6 Guns Work When Frozen Solid?

  1. Back around 1986 Alaska State Police performed a very similar test with a number of rifles. The temperatures were ambient Alaska winter temps, & not dry ice. At that time the only 2 rifles were able to perform without failure, the Galil & AK. Not really such a silly test.

  2. That looked like a accident waiting to happen,I couldn’t tell from the angle but it sure looked like that big guy pointed that Tavor at the little guy.
    I was surprised the Mini didn’t have mag issues at that temp. I could see doing a test at -40 but anything more seems pointless to me and these two boneheads are looking to become statistics

  3. The 1975 Gun Digest: 29th Edition featured an interesting article by Gene West, page 238. Titled “Torture Test!” it was the story of a Smith and Wesson
    Model 66 “stainless” (K-Frame) .357 Combat Magnum revolver, 4″ barrel, subjected to heat, ice, water exposure, mud, sand, and grit. The revolver with
    it’s factory Goncalo Alves target grips removed, was soaked in a pan of water, then placed inside a freezer for several days, where it was frozen inside
    a block of ice. It was afterwards removed, and the ice allowed to melt. In fact, the Model 66 was even sprinkled with salt, and left in the yard in a muddy
    depression with the sprinklers left on. It received a generous amount of exposure and abuse and replicated what would be the outcome of a handgun
    lost for a length of time in the outdoors. In fact, while frozen inside the block all six factory Remington 125 grain jacketed hollowpoint .357 Magnum
    rounds were kept loaded inside the six chambers of revolver’s swing out cylinder. After this brutal torture test revolver had it’s original grips replaced,
    was cleaned, lightly oiled, and test fired. It came through with flying colors. This was of course a first generation Smith and Wesson Model 66 (no dash).
    This would have been of 1972 through 1976 vintage. My own 4″ Smith and Wesson Model 66-1 is of 1980 vintage; the second generation Model 66’s
    were produced from 1977 through 1981. My point: Were I limited to owning but one handgun only I’d gladly keep my own S&W Model 66. This despite
    the popularity of new generations of high capacity (9mm especially) semi-automatic pistols: Glocks, Berettas, Sig-Sauers. Remember back in the 1970’s
    classic Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum revolvers: both the K-Frame Model 19 and 66 “stainless” .357 Combat Magnum revolvers, and the two heavy
    N-Frame S&W .357 Magnums: Model 27 and 28 Highway Patrolman respectively, were in high demand, short supply, and often sold for a premium. Fast
    forward 40 years of four decades later (2015). These continue to be in demand, even today.

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