Friday, June 01, 2007

Is it safe?

How far can fragments from an explosion go? Pretty far. See more.


7 Comments:

Blogger Tamquam Leo Rugiens said...

Wretchard;

Your video links are showing up as white space. What gives? Can you fix it?

6/01/2007 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

hope that helps.

6/01/2007 09:23:00 PM  
Blogger Tamquam Leo Rugiens said...

Yay! Thank you.

6/01/2007 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger regretleft said...

The time delay between the blast and the impact on the marines is remarkable .... I'm reminded of all those very ill-informed folks who, last summer, we're convinced that a rusty hole in the top of an ambulance was proof positive of an Israeli missle strike.

6/02/2007 07:36:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Whoa! Pretty far, indeed and pretty fast. That was gnarly, dude. Hard to tell, was that artillery, or a 2,000 pounder? Looks like it hit the ground, imagine what an airblast would do, like a Daisy-cutter or MOAB.

Our guys look like they're a half klick back, a quarter mile away?

That wasn't a 'roadside bomb' was it?

Sweet mother of mercy, how could we not smell that amount of X?

6/04/2007 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger rasqual said...

The delay isn't long enough to suggest a high trajectory. Had the piece that hit behind the Marines been pitched up around 45 degrees, it'd have gone much further.

I seem to recall something about ancient archers using both the high and the low trajectory (there are always two ballistic paths to the same target, all things being equal) to make defense more difficult.

6/05/2007 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

Yes, a good friend of mine, who just happens to be a great shot, explained to me how he could use his M-79 to both bloop one over the high-slow trajectory and fire a line drive straight through, and they would both hit the tree line at the same time. With plenty of time to crack open that shotgun and load the second grenade.

Exactly like archers, or for us purists, javelineers.

6/05/2007 09:13:00 PM  

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