High Speed Photos of Bullets Through Water Drops

© Alexander Augusteijn

© Alexander Augusteijn

Shooting pictures of bullets through targets like water balloon and fruits is hard enough. What if the target itself is moving or instantaneous? Dutch photographer Alexander Augusteijn does precisely that. Using a device he built himself, Augusteijn takes pictures of bullets slicing through drops of water.

“I use a normal flash to achieve very short illuminations,” said Alexander Augusteijn. “The most critical parameter in this kind of photography is timing, which is achieved by computer control of shutter, flash, valve, gun or whatever other device is used.”

“These kind of images require a lot of experimentation, dedication, patience and willingness to endlessly clean spill of liquids and debris from objects shot to pieces. Several hundreds of trial shots may be needed to get timing correct. After that, the process is pretty well controlled, and often half of the shots will be usable, with 1 out of 10 really interesting.”

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Not So Rimfire Anymore: 17 WSM AR-15 Given Dramatic Upgrade

MORGAN HILL, Calif., April. 22, 2013 — Franklin Armory, maker of quality AR style firearms, announced today that their F 17-L chambered in .17 Winchester Super Magnum will now include a piston system.

Franklin Armory first introduced the F 17-L as the world’s first direct impingement rimfire rifle chambered in .17 WSM at SHOW 2014. The reception of the rifle was positive with a lot of interest especially from varmint hunters and individuals from California where this firearm would negate the need of a “Bullet Button™.”

“While the piston system does add cost to the project, the tradeoff is very little powder residue in the action and substantially longer periods between cleanings. Given that some varmint hunters might blow through 500 rounds in an afternoon, we believe that our targeted audience will appreciate the upgrade,” said Jay Jacobson, President of Franklin Armory.

Franklin Armory’s craftsmanship sets it apart from other companies who mass produce their firearms. “First off, no one else is building an AR15 in 17 WSM. Second, we went from having the first gas powered rimfire in the world, to now having the world’s first gas-piston rimfire rifle. Our design team has produced a lot of unique weapons over the years, and this would be a prime example of our team’s creative prowess and nimble responsiveness,” said Jay Jacobson, President of Franklin Armory.

To learn more about Franklin Armory, please visit http://www.franklinarmory.com

R.I.P. One AR-15 Rifle – Another 300 Blackout / .223 Kaboom

I’ve read a few stories recently about someone, somewhere, shoving a 300 AAC Blackout cartridge into a .223 / 5.56mm rifle and pulling the trigger – subsequently blowing their gun to bits. Some folks call BS and say it can’t happen as the rifle won’t go into battery and fire.

Well, I’m a believer now, considering a guy 3 lanes down from me blew up his fairly nice looking AR today. In the confusion, I was not able to get the brand of the rifle, but that matters little. Containing 55,000 pounds per square inch of pressure is not in the job description.

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