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Can You Really Blow Up A Car With A Bullet?

Posted in Pop Culture, Safety, Science by Kurt Ernst | June 22nd, 2011 | 7 Responses |

As both a car guy and a firearms instructor, I cringe every time I see a car explode when it hits the base of a cliff, or when someone fires a round from a handgun or rifle into the gas tank. If cars were really as prone to explosions as Hollywood would like us to believe, we’d be driving past crispy hunks of metal on a daily basis. In the interest of science, Speed TV’s series “Car Science” pitted an expert shot (who, incidentally, looks pretty hot in tight leather pants) against a Fox-body Mustang. Will a .357 Magnum be enough to send the ‘Stang to the great wrecking yard in the sky? How about an M4 assault rifle or a .308 sniper rifle? I’m not going to give it away, but you may learn something by watching the video below.


Car Science: Blown Up

Source: Speed Engine Block on Streetfire.net

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7 Responses

  1. SA80 says:

    .. I see you still need an editor.

  2. Nephilim says:

    Fun video, super hot shooter but the “expert” fudged a little. 3,400 to 3,600 with a 55gr bullet just doesn’t happen especially out of a 14.5″ barrel. The pressure needed to get to that velocity would blow an M4 to pieces. Nit picky I know……

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Damn, even I missed that…

      In my defense, I’m a 7.62 guy.

      • Nephilim says:

        7.62? Me too! The x63 version is my fave though. I already load for it and I’m a total tramp for history so I dream of the day I get my hands on a Garand. Maybe ‘gunlust.com’ could be a side project wink wink.

        I did find it very interesting that liquid gas (not the vapor) would extinguish sparks created by the bullet. Maybe it has to do with the relatively low octane of pump gas? If they used copper jacketed bullets in the video maybe steel jacketed rounds would make enough spark to make things go boom. I wonder if a tracer would be enough to set off diesel fuel. I vote no.

        • Kurt Ernst says:

          I kind of like the “GunLust” idea…

          I’ve got an M1A (7.62 x 51) and an M1 Carbine (.30 cal carbine). Aside from a Remington 870, everything else I own is a handgun; they’re much easier to find a range for down here.

          I’m with you on tracers and diesel. Firing into diesel fuel would probably just extinguish the tracer round.

  3. crispy says:

    There were guns and shooting in this video? Didn’t notice…

  4. djrosa says:

    hm i wonder what would happen if she used a AA-12 with explosive slugs (cant remember the propper name for them)HEAP round or something to that effect.