"Not only did the .30-30 go through, but this is you."
Ballistics expert Paul Harrell demonstrates
the stopping power of various objects. [more inside]
How Fast Can China Go?
On June 30, China had the first official run of a $32 billion high-speed train line between Shanghai and Beijing. "Faster (820 miles in 288 minutes) and sleeker than any other, the needle-nosed CRH380A symbolizes China’s accelerating pace, even as it faces questions about safety, and taps into an ancient rivalry with Japan." On page four, the article discusses what happened less than a month afterwards on July 23rd: the country's first accident involving a bullet train that killed 40 people near Wenzhou.
As a result, 54 high speed trains were recalled, train speeds were reduced
and an overhaul of the high-speed rail system
by Chinese authorities. [more inside]
1,000,000FPS video of bullet impacts.
Stay tuned for the glass, ballistics gel, and bullets impacting each other in the air. [more inside]
) is a small manufacturer of about 30 people based in Kudamatsu
, a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture
, western Japan. Like many small urban factories
"), they specialize in precision metalwork under contract to major corporations. But Yamashita Kogyosho is special: they create the noses for bullet trains
. By hand
. [more inside]
'In Japan, the hand can be used like a knife
. But this method doesn't work with a tomato". Finally, a blade worthy of Hattori Hanzo
, so sharp it can slice a bullet in two
Bullets Frozen in Mid-Impact.
This may have been posted before, but I couldn't find it; it's a series of photographs of bullets hitting objects, taken with a VERY high speed camera, frozen in mid-impact. This is NOT, for the record, an invitation to discuss your POV on gun control.