The Youtuber “The Backyard Scientist” wasn’t content with the destructive power of lead based bullets and decided to try something a little bit different. [Scroll Down For Video]
What would happen if you filled a hollowpoint bullet with, oh I don’t know, sodium? Well, sodium reacts violently with water, so we would expect that we would see it have some interesting effects on soft, water based targets.
The Backyard Scientist tests this on a watermelon. The results are pretty devastating. While a standard 9mm pistol round will wreck a watermelon pretty good, it’s pretty easy to see there was some extra destructive power there.
If you think these results might soon mean these modified rounds will find their way into your guns, think again. While the rounds dump a ton of energy into soft targets, their reactive nature means they lack the proper penetration to be effective rounds.
In the water test shown at the beginning of the video you can clearly see that even in a soft medium, the liquid metal round penetrates far less than the traditional round.
You can also see that the liquid metal bullet fails to penetrate a cement block, while the traditional round does it with ease.
That said, there were plenty of interesting moments in this video. The aerosol can demonstration should feed your explosive hunger.