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Old May 28, 2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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Shooting Underwater

I heard somewhere, maybe it was not serious/a joke, that a Glock could be fired underwater. Yes, I mean the entire gun 3 feet deep. Lets just assume the cartridge is sealed at primer and mouth and did not leak.

Is this true?

Bullet travel would be short?

Would the gun blow up?
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Old May 28, 2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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Im sure lots of guns might be able to get a round off underwater, but what good is that?
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:09 PM   #3
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Im sure lots of guns might be able to get a round off underwater, but what good is that?
1. Pool zombies.
2. Scuba diving backup.
3. Creature from the black lagoon.
4. Sharks.
5. In case you drive off the road into a canal.
6. Fishing gone bad.
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:41 PM   #4
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Ahhhh, totally spaced the pool zombies
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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Example, a damn carp stole a fishing rod from me once. I should have jumped in and shot it! Sadly, a carp really did pry a rod from me, but we won't speak on that
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:48 PM   #6
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I would think that the barrel being full of water would create a huge pressure problem. Somewhat like packing the barrel full of debris before firing. Water is much more dense than air.
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:57 PM   #7
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Come on guys, thread in progress over in General Handguns

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446450
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Old May 28, 2011, 01:57 PM   #8
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Bad idea to shoot underwater if theres one air bubble it'll caue a pressure spike that could kaboom the weapon, same reason you make sure a barrel is clear of debris on land.
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Old May 28, 2011, 02:46 PM   #9
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Old May 28, 2011, 03:03 PM   #10
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About any pistol would fire under water. Semi's would fire only once. The slide wouldn't move properly.

This is how we hunt sharks in the Rockies.
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Old May 28, 2011, 05:37 PM   #11
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DesertScout doing underwater ballistics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQLBW...eature=related
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Old May 28, 2011, 06:10 PM   #12
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Bad Link

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DesertScout doing underwater ballistics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQLBW...eature=related
"The URL contained a malformed video ID."

Must have gotten wet, or something.
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Old May 28, 2011, 07:02 PM   #13
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About any pistol would fire under water. Semi's would fire only once. The slide wouldn't move properly.
Not true...a recent episode of "Criminal Minds" showed Agent Hotchner fire at least three shots underwater at a kidnapper/killer in a submerged vehicle, and we all know, TV is an accurate portrayal of real life, right?
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Old May 29, 2011, 12:48 AM   #14
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I've read of several military test specifications that required underwater operation, or maybe just post-underwater operation. Almost all of those were for long guns, but HK may have produced a semi-auto handgun that exceeded the requirement in at least one case/model.
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Old May 29, 2011, 01:15 AM   #15
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shooting underwater?

Well, obviously a Beretta .25 is what you need...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvJX1vfQUkc
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Old May 29, 2011, 06:14 AM   #16
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"The URL contained a malformed video ID."

Must have gotten wet, or something.
It's dried out now...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQLBW...eature=related
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Old May 29, 2011, 07:04 AM   #17
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You can also see the Russian pistol and rifle designed specifically for underwater use at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-P578pnctU ; these both shoot "dart" ammunition (the pistol in 4.5x39R, the rifle in 5.66x40R) that the Russians call "strelovidnoy" ("nail") cartridges.
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