This week the crew tested 9 Hollywood gun myths.
- Unlimited Ammo- Tory, Grant, and Kari tested how long some of the biggest bullet magazines last in real life and then compare it to their big screen counterpart. All the guns took very little time to unload their magazines, so the movie scenes with long gun battles and few reloads are all busted big time. The team then decided to try the same tests with quick reloads to see if they could mimic the extended gun fights. Even with reloads, the actual shooting times are obviously faked in the movies. BUSTED
- Adam and Jamie wanted to revisit the gun in each hand accuracy myth with double shooting instead of one at a time. Jamie did very well firing both guns simultaneously at one target. Adam did not fare as well on the one target, but still better than before. Jamie did very well on the two target test too. Adam performed only well on his right hand for the two target test. The data confirmed that shooting both guns at the same time improves a person’s aim. CONFIRMED
- Zipping bullets in water myth. Hollywood continues to show heroes dodging zipping bullets while under water. BUSTED
- True Lies myth where Jamie Lee Curtis drops a Mac-10 machine gun down some stairs and it shoots all the bad guys. Grant, Kari, and Tory only tested if the gun would go off by itself when dropped down some stairs. It was not difficult to get the gun to bounce down the stairs, but there was no discharge. The crew busted the myth with a stock Mac-10, but there are many explanations to how the movie gun acted: a hair trigger, a sticky trigger, or a modified gun.
- Leather Weapon 2 myth where the nail gun was able to kill the bad guy. The Mythbusters tested the accuracy and penetration of the nail gun. The nail gun was tested from 14 feet and despite hitting the target; the nails were just bouncing off. At 7 feet the nail gun was able to shoot straight and lodge a few into the target. They declared the myth busted, but I disagree. In the movie Danny Glover used the nail gun at point blank range and it was very effective.
- Next up was the movie cliché where the bad guy always draws his gun first, but still loses the gun fight. This was another action vs. reaction myth. Grant, Tory, and Kari went to range to test this myth. Again the busters took out the main reason for the myth existing by not allowing skill to factor into the test, but my contention would be that the good guy is usually a very fast gun fighter and his skill makes up for the late start. The tests revealed that reactions were actually faster than action. The crew decided to take the data to the dusty road at high noon and shoot at each other from 10 steps. Jamie and Adam did the final test to play out their not-so-subtle animosity. The two were evenly matched and the one to draw first was the winner by a slight margin.
- Unusual bullet myths like silver bullets and engraved bullets. Accuracy and damage testing was performed for each. Silver was not as accurate as a lead bullet. An engraved bullet was just as accurate.
- This was the moving target myth as the heroes never get hit in the movies. Tory, Grant, and Kari headed to the gun range and used paintball guns. Tory was the runner. Tory was hit in 6 seconds. Then Tory was given a gun to see if having a weapon helped his allusiveness. Tory lasted 30 seconds, but they still declared the myth as busted.
- The last myth tested was the weird bullet proof item in the pocket myth. They then showed all the things the mythbusters have tested throughout the years as being bullet proof or not and there were more nots.