A couple of days ago, Guns.com caught wind of this new Youtube video that features yet another guffaw inspiring example of extreme firearm incompetence. These have become popular and, in that they both document idiocy so that others may learn not to be idiots and perpetuate a flawed conventional image of gun owners as dangerous slobs, Guns.com feels this genre is, at best, a mixed blessing.
To the best of our knowledge, this one limped out of some basement and onto the viral video circuit about a month ago but, when we stumbled across it earlier this week, the bells on our bullspit meters took to blaring. That’s right, we’re calling phony baloney on this pearl of photoshop engineering, and we’re here to show the Guns.com faithful why.
If you haven’t seen it already (or just don’t feel like watching it), here’s a breakdown:
Somewhere in rural America, Hunter Joe decides to brush up on his “shooting at things on the ground 10 feet in front of him” skill-set, so he grabs his shotgun, his 2004 Motorola RAZR (so he can nab some video of the event), fishes some empty Deer Park water bottles out of the trash and takes to the field.
He successfully bags bottles number one and two, but experiences a failure to feed on his third attempt. So he racks the gun (apparently he didn’t throw enough oomph behind it because it opens) and, again, experiences a misfire.
At this point we’re a little hazy (much like the quality of the video) as to what he’s thinking, but we figure he erroneously concludes it was yet another failure to feed. And this is where it gets interesting because, perplexed, he makes the decision to investigate further. A gold star if you can guess how:
The gun predictably hang-fires and sends a round inches from his forehead. The blast causes him to double over in agony and punches a hole in his hat the size of the man’s brain.
Alright, that’s the sink-or-swim storyline. So here’s what our keen and perceptive eyes reveal:
Problem Number 1: Gun moves in place
Mostly owing to the directorial decision to film this little dark comedy through the bottom of a broken coke bottle, the whole video has this blurry, happened in a dream quality to it. In a David Lynch flick, cinematographic techniques such as this tend to add to the dramatic tension of the work as a whole, but in a clip found on The People’s television, fuzzy film quality lends itself to all sorts of iMovie, tom-foolery.
Case and point, we’re not even entirely sure what sort of gun this man is using. Our gut tells us it’s a 12-gauge pump, but that’s just our gut because everything is covered in this freaky fuzz we’ve only ever seen in our uncle’s snuff movies.
Anyway, check out how the gun moves through Hunter Joe’s hand when it fires. Then check out how the stock doesn’t really move, it just fans out towards the man without actually moving from it’s position. Unless Casper is holding this gun, it’s unlikely a solid piece of metal would pass through a part of his body (or that his hand wouldn’t jerk with the shot).
Problem Number 2: Recoil happens before the gun fires
The recoil is “felt” before the projectile leaves the barrel. Compare the video in question to a slow motion example of an actual shotgun firing:
At 1200 fps, the BBs would be well out the gun before you felt a kick
Problem Number 3: Damage to Hat
Unless this dude puts his lid on with Krazy Glue and a pair of vice grips, we highly doubt the shot would have blown a hole clean through the brim of his cap as opposed to just knocking it off his head (yeah, we saw that Mythbusters too).
That’s not to say his hat might not have been damaged, it just would not have a hole blown through it the size of a Sacagawea dollar. And where are the powder burns? Why are the puncture lines so sharp?
Now, we know what you’re going to say. “Hey guys, the hat did fly off his head.” Yeah that one puzzled us too. Until we remembered one of the classics:
Now Guns.com is the first to admit that, as much as we’d like to think we are, we aren’t perfect, so if we’re missing something here, just drop us a line and tell us about it. And even moreso, if you’re in anyway responsible for this video, be it as a CGI wizard or a bona-fide, senior moment gun owner, get in contact with us: we’d like to know how this video came to be.
We’re sure that there’s a list of other “giveaways” in this digital alteration nightmare but we’ll let you find them yourselves and throw them in our comments sections if you don’t mind. For a powerful video with little in the way of explanation readily attached to it, gun owners need to make themselves heard about how they are portrayed, accurately or otherwise, on the Internet.