Watch an AK-47 being fired underwater at ludicrously high speeds (VIDEO)


posted Monday, June 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM EDT


Earlier this year, we featured an incredible video by the folks at Smarter Every Day shooting the destruction of a Prince Rupert's Drop at extremely high speeds. Now they've busted out their Phantom Miro 320S high-speed camera for yet another incredible, fast motion science experiment — this time shooting an AK-47 both normally and underwater.

AK-47s are famed for their abilities to survive the elements, but in this case Destin of Smarter Every Day is doing more than just making things go boom while recording with a high-speed camera. He's looking into how firing the AK-47 through different mediums influences the speed at which the weapon operates. Thanks to having a camera that's capable of recording thousands of frames per second, he's able to accurately record and track just how fast the weapon fires and rechambers, both aboveground, and underwater.

Plus, it does look pretty spectacular.

This is just the first part of a planned two-part experiment, so keep your eyes on the Smarter Every Day YouTube page to see what happens next.

(via DIYPhotography)