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How Far Will Recoil Throw a Gun if You Aren’t Holding It?

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Matt from Demolition Ranch asks the question, “How far will recoil throw a gun if you aren’t holding it?” in this video. He starts by saying he got a comment on his Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum, a huge revolver and a huge cartridge. He’s always said that he hates the gun, because it’s painful to shoot – it literally hurts the hand and recoil is terrible. He shows a clip of guest shooters who used the gun and complained about its bite every single time.

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The comments suggested that he set the gun down, don’t hold on to it and remote-pull the trigger with string to see how the recoil affects the gun when no one holding it. Basically, it’s to see how far the gun would throw itself. His initial thought was that it’s the most irresponsible, dumbest thing he’s ever heard of. But then, he got to thinking that he’s done dumber, more irresponsible things with guns before (and shows a few examples, like the time he stacked multiple rifles in a box and fired them all at the same time at a pumpkin, the times he’s blown things up and the time he swung from a rope into shallow, muddy waters).

Matt proceeds to rig up an apparatus to do the trick, and is shown in his workshop cutting out pieces of wood and drilling. When he’s done, he has a wooden stand, like bookends, that has a ledge on its front for the barrel of the gun to sit on. Should the gun have enough recoil, the idea is that it will fly out the open end.

He shows the setup, which is in a clearing in the woods. The gun rests on the stand, and he says there’s nothing around in all directions, in case the gun shoots up, down or sideways, for safety ‘s sake. There’s a ten-foot string on the trigger, which he’ll pull from behind a tree. He warns that people shouldn’t do this at home. He’s using 700-grain bullet, which is quite powerful.

He loads the gun, pulls the hammer and goes off into the trees. Then he pulls the trigger, and the gun flies backwards off the stand a good fifteen feet away, clearly shown in slow motion. The bullet has gone around eight inches deep into the soil, and the gun landed on its top, so it doesn’t show any damage. He points out how much blast came out, as it stained the wood black on both sides and the front.

Then he does the experiment one more time, and places the camera where the gun flew to the first time, and the gun can be seen flying towards the camera. The pro is that the gun is still in one piece so he can shoot it another day, and the con is that he can shoot it another day – Matt really does not like the Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum.

 

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