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  1. Wink "Is it Bulletproof?"

    We thought we would try making some videos of everday objects being shot to see if they are "Bulletproof" or can at least stop a bullet. So for the fisrt episode we thought we would start with a bowling ball. Check it out and see if a bowling ball could save your life when bullets and bowling balls start to fly.

    Armed Self Defense Institute - Videos

    Tell me what you think or tell us what we should try next. Hope you enjoy!

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    I think you should test whether your video camera is bullet proof next.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah & Allison View Post
    I think you should test whether your video camera is bullet proof next.

    That bad huh Allison??

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    Feb 2010
    Surrey, England


    Honestly Spencer, after seeing S & A's comment before watching your video I was laughing too hard to take it all in ...

    I am a novice anyway, so I will leave it to those less racked with laughter to critique.

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    Surrey, UK
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    I'm finding your videos rather alarming. Not particularly because you show the effects of shooting different guns at different objects but because you do this in the name of "Armed Self Defense".

    Surely the whole point of self defence is to defend youself, primarily by divesting your attacker of his (or her) means of attack, and not by using it as an excuse to blast your attacker to kingdom come.

    If you happen to be in a situation where the only available course of action available to you is indeed to blast said attacker to kingdon come, your videos aren't really very informative:

    (a) Knowing the difference between how badly mutilated your dead attackers body will be if you use gun X as opposed to gun Y has no bearing on how disarmed the attacker will be. Furthermore, it assumes that whilst being attacked you are in a position to make a choice between which gun to use.

    (b) your attacker is most likely to be a moving human being rather than a bowling ball or melon sitting conveniently stationery at exactly the right height and distance from you.

    If you want to make films about shooting things, that's fine. They could be great fun. They might be interesting and, if carried out under trhe right conditions, of some scientific merit.

    But to call it "self defense" is just trying to give it a credibility it doesn't deserve.

    I'm reminded of the Monty Python Sketch [ame=""]YouTube - Monty Python - Self-Defense Against Fruit[/ame]

    (For those who don't have the time to watch, I'm thinking in particular of

    Sgt.: Pointed stick? Oh, oh, oh. We want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you eh? Well I'll tell you something my lad. When you're walking home tonight and some homicidal maniac comes after you with a bunch of loganberries, don't come crying to me! Now, the passion fruit. When your assailant lunges at you with a passion fruit...

    As for the video itself (getting back to why you posted) I think you need to pay more attention to the sound, there's a lot of wind noise and a decent recording of both the shot and the impact will greatly enhance the vid.

    Apart from endless repeats of the impact shots, there's no information. How about
    What gun were you useing
    What ammo
    What weight is the bowling ball
    What is it constructed of
    At what distance were you firing
    Lets' see - close up the result of teh first (and some other) impact shot and have it discussed (poke a finger in the hole, pick up & show the fragments)
    What percentage weight of the ball was removed by the shot
    etc etc

    As for the slow mo shots, these should either be arty or genuinely show something technical. (Ideally they should be shot with a very high frame rate, but we're talking expensive specialist equipment). Your shots seemed to fall in between. The reverse (backwards) shots didn't add anything, though they could if you went for "arty".

    However you approach this the vid really needs to tell some sort of story. It needs a reason. What are you trying to say or demonstrate. Or what's your conclusion. At leats the melon one has one (though the logic begind t was somewhat questionable) What you've got here is just a collection of shots.

    Sorry if that sounds harsh, but if you really want to make a film which will appeal - even to hardcore weaponsmiths - you need to think about a lot more than just filming the action.

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