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October 16, 2007

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Slow-Mo X-Ray Gun Shots: Real or Fake?


This interesting series of images purports to be high-speed X-ray photography of bullets doing all kinds of crazy things. Are all these photos legit? Maybe yes, maybe no. But before I reveal my guesses, I want to hear from the Gun Shots readers. So tell us: Which images are bona-fide and which are as enhanced as Pam Anderson’s cleavage?   


John Snow




They look on the up and up to me. If any of them are fake they will still make some cool guy room art!


The multi barrel shot is bogus ... even at 900 rounds per minute, per barrel, the projectiles will travel 60 or so feet apart. (Because they are fast)


I think the "X-Ray" shots of the gun are bogus.

I know of no photo-technology that iluminates through metals, even thin coatings of metal.

It claims to be an "X-Ray" that can bisect a gun barrel, AND has such a high speed that it can stop a bullet. I don't think so. The radiation output would be staggering - not to mention the effect on the "hand" faintly seen holding the gun.

Justin Buist

Whoops! I originally posted my comment at the wrong site.

That's not a multi-barreled gun, it's an M-79 firing a shell that contains a bunch of 22 caliber bullets if I remember correctly. Somebody on TheHighroad.org dug that up a while ago. I forget the exact name for the round it's firing, but I'm sure I could find it again.


I'm going to make the wild assumption that the pistol that is shown above is a .45acp. If that is the case the shape of the brass is all wrong. Rather than having straight walls these cases appear to angle out from the base - more like a shot glass, or bell, than a cartridge.

Maybe the "x-ray" just distorts these round surfaces. However, if that was what is happening, the barrel should show this same angling - make the pistol look more like a blunderbuss than a semi-auto.

d call

These X-rays are Bogus as a 3.00 dollar bill. X-rays are negative images. Dense areas appear light there the lead bullet should be light not dark.

Scott in Ohio

Initially I agreed with Ben. (x-ray images would show dense metals {e.g. lead} to appear white in the x-ray image) Then I compared images 1 and 2. The .45 with the faint image of a hand holdng it and the bullet pircing several plates fo steel (second photo) does seem to show slight movement of the slide (the hammer has begun to move slightly back and the space between slide and barrel has begun to open slightly, plus the grip safety is properly compressed. These might be things folks unfamiliar with firearms, but skilled with computer image manipulation to overlook. However, the gun has not showed any recoil (in image 2 with the bullet and steel plates). Lastly who would fire a gun this close to steel plates and expose their hand to high level radiation?? In the final analysis I say these are fakes.

Nomen Nescio

what makes me think most of these are fake is how the transparency seems to be oddly distributed. even just the 1911 in the first image; if the beavertail, trigger guard, and mainspring housing are nearly opaque, how come the barrel is nearly transparent?

plus, of course, any amount of radiation that can render a pistol barrel transparent is not one i'll willingly stick any part of my body into. just sayin'.

the "bullet striking a metal block, with shock waves" one seems real, but i don't think that one needed any x-rays to make. i forget where i saw a special feature on a nifty photographic technique that can produce such pictures, involving interference patterns and carefully designed light sources.

tin whiskers

Great post.Now a days X-rays are in most of the examining applications.Nice to see...