This is what a gun exploding at 187,000 frames per second looks like

Apr 4, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Apr 4, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

Share on:

YouTube video

We’re big fans of The Slow Mo Guys here on DIYP, and never more so than when they’re doing something destructive. In what seems to be a trend with Gav and Dan in recent months, this video is another collaboration. You might remember they recently did a video with Electroboom that was quite… shocking (sorry!). Well, now they’ve gotten together with Scott from the YouTube channel Kentucky Ballistics for another.

If the name wasn’t a big clue, Scott’s channel is about guns, particularly big guns. He often makes the guns explode, too. On purpose, that is. Whenever he posts a video containing any kind of slow motion – or The Slow Mo Guys post anything involving weaponry or explosions – there are inevitable comments below the video saying that they should collaborate. So, they finally did.

[Related reading: Slowing down everyday activities to make one second last for one hour]

Scott’s done a little bit with slow motion on his channel, but typically around the 1,000 frames per second mark. This doesn’t even come close to the 1.75 million frames per second that Gav and Dan can get with their Phantom TMX 7510. They didn’t quite go that fast with this video, but they did photograph a number of the weapons exploding at frame rates of up to 187,000 frames per second.

As usually tends to be the case with Slow Mo Guys videos, the video is very entertaining. But it’s also quite educational and insightful. It lets us see an insanely fast world in extreme slow motion to see what’s actually happening when a gun explodes. Of course, seeing things blow up is always pretty cool, but seeing exactly how it happens is just fascinating. Seeing the explosion and the gases trying to take the path of least resistance and spotting the points of failure in the weapon brings up a few surprises for the boys.

And if you like surprises, the video on Scott’s channel to go along with this one contains quite a few of them and is also very entertaining. The focus of his video isn’t the slow motion – although it contains some – but both Gav and Dan get very messy, which is always worth a watch!

YouTube video

Needless to say, don’t try what you see in either of these videos at home!

Filed Under:

Tagged With:

Find this interesting? Share it with your friends!

John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Join the Discussion

DIYP Comment Policy
Be nice, be on-topic, no personal information or flames.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *