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Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« on: 01/02/2005 20:40:03 »
I keep hearing that if you seal the end of a gun barrel with your finger it's impossible to fire a bullet. I can't see how this could be true unless there are some crazy vacuum or pressure thingers going on. If it is true it would be fairly easy to stop an assailant from shooting you at point blank, which makes me doubt this plus the overall insaneness [:0] of it. So I put it to all you clever peeps is there any reason why this would be true or not?

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2005 21:08:30 »
well, if that doesn't work, then your body will make a good barrier and either halt the bullet or slow it down.

Glad I could help;)

Actually, in my humblest of humble opinions, I can't imagine it working, even if there is some truth to it, surely the build up of pressure upon your finger would shatter it  !! (your finger that is)..OUCH !!

Perhaps a passing bullet propulsion expert can help here.

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #2 on: 01/02/2005 22:14:42 »
I wouldn't try it. Some people have attempted to stop a bullet with their temple, but suicide normally ensues.
 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #3 on: 02/02/2005 05:22:39 »
is it suicide if its caused by stupidity?

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #4 on: 02/02/2005 13:40:55 »
Bugs Bunny tried this when Yosemite Sam pointed a gun at him. Sam pulled the trigger and there was an explosion which left Bugs unharmed but Sam's face was blackened and his moustache singed. Sam hopped around shouting "rootin' tootin varmit ". So it would appear to be safe to try.







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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #5 on: 02/02/2005 13:50:36 »
Cmon guys is it utter rubbish??? I'm sure i've heard of people blowing their fingers off, but is it possible?

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #6 on: 02/02/2005 22:02:56 »
...as a firm believer in empirical study I got my old trusty air pistol out and plugged the end with a sausage which was wrapped in cellophane to make it air tight....result....dead sausage !

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #7 on: 03/02/2005 04:34:07 »
I don't really know, but I've heard that the pressure inside the chamber of a gun while the explosion is happening is around 50,000 psi.  That is a HUGE pressure that would certainly blow apart a mere flesh and blood finger.

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #8 on: 03/02/2005 08:19:33 »
Cheers :D. Neil that doesn't prove that your finger wouldnt stop it :D, I think you should do a repeat to get an average result ;).

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #9 on: 03/02/2005 21:59:06 »
Matt...this time I used a Fish Finger....same result :D;)

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #10 on: 04/02/2005 17:56:44 »
A lot of things have been known to jam a gun barrel. That's why it is so important to keep it clean. However, the forces involved in jamming a gun barrel are very high, so you don't want your finger caught in the middle. (Safety point: Avoid pinch points!) I don't know where this particular legend came from, but if you stick your finger in a gun barrel, it will blow it off.
 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #11 on: 04/02/2005 18:38:26 »
quote:
Originally posted by neilep

...as a firm believer in empirical study I got my old trusty air pistol out and plugged the end with a sausage which was wrapped in cellophane to make it air tight....result....dead sausage !

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I was about to ask why you only tried with an air pistol... and then i remembered where you live [:I]     my condolances [:p]

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #12 on: 05/02/2005 17:02:32 »
Yeh?! cos hand guns are good? :P

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #13 on: 06/02/2005 17:55:00 »
The second ammendment protects all the rest.
 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #14 on: 07/02/2005 12:13:53 »
This won't work.  I'm assuming that the premise is that the blocking of the tube prevents the ignition of the gunpowder.  A handgun is not airtight, so this is unlikely to occur and let's not forget that there's almost some air inside the gun when you stick your finger there.  The air pressure from the explosion of the propellant will move your finger out of the tube quickly anyway.  (Then there's that pesky bullet to contend with)

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #15 on: 10/02/2005 20:29:47 »
The only way you can stop a gun from firing with your finger tip is by putting your finger between the hammer and the firing pin! Other than that its plain stupidity! Unless you got eleven fingers and you wanna get rid of it quick![8D];)[:o)]8):([:(!][xx(]
 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #16 on: 11/02/2005 16:08:03 »

I think the idea here is that only an idiot fires a gun with an obvious obstruction in the barrel. Caertainly it's a good way to damage the gun. On the other hand, it's going to damage the person on the other end a lot more.

Bit of a desperate gambit, but if someone if pointing a gun at you, what do you have to lose?

I remember James Garner doing this once - was it 'Support your local gunfighter'?

 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #17 on: 11/02/2005 16:28:05 »
Heres a good way to stop a gun from being fired at you at close range.

If its a revolver, grasp the gun at the cylinder while trying to point the gun away from your person. The weapon cannot fire if the cylinder cannot rotate.

If its a pistol, grasp the gun and push on the slide slightly towards the shooter. This will cause the slide to unseat the round in the chamber. The pistol's hammer will not fall on the firing pin.

This will save you a few precious seconds until you think of your next move. Probably kick 'em where it hurts and run like hell!![}:)][:(!]:(
 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #18 on: 11/02/2005 16:33:04 »
Don't do the above if its a rifle unless you are Jet Li!;)
 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #19 on: 15/04/2005 08:56:56 »
Actually no one in their right mind would fire a gun with their own finger over the barrel, hence the saying   "Got you over a barrel" :)

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #20 on: 17/04/2005 02:22:54 »
the presure inside the barrel would be to great for your finger to contain. the result one less finger
 

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #21 on: 28/04/2005 22:15:15 »
I presume you mean making the barrel air tight by putting your finger there. If so then you could test it by putting something like a really small cork in the barrel or something that is air tight like that. But maybe the gun would explode because the energy can't really be released anywhere. But I do not know myself.

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #22 on: 17/10/2005 02:55:43 »
Well guys, I'm a bit late but found out the hard way. Whilst using my air rifle tonight which is a break barrel type, I was trying to feel how strong the air velocity was that was coming out the barrel (without pellet of course). I couldn't feel it on my fingertip so I broke the barrel and stuck my finger over holere the air fires out(on the butt side). Whats the danger I thought, no pellet, feck, the pellet isn't even loaded into this side if there was one. Well, when I pressed that trigger expecting at most a hard, almost hoping a hard jet of air, the unexpected happened. The barrel snapped shut. Must be the safety or the way it's all constructed but the end result was my left index finger was crashes like a grape. I spent 4 hours in casualty getting an artery tied shut whilst on a drip with my finger split like a big Y. Luckily the bone is ok but one of my nerves is severed so half of my fingertip is numb. Of course my girlfriend who was there to prise the barrel open for me is happy to continue the lie that the loft door hinge crushed my finger as she obviously doen't want to be seen as living with a total imbecile.

Let that be a lesson to you, fingers and guns only get a guy in trouble

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #23 on: 17/10/2005 04:12:30 »
McWhitey !..OMG....OUCH !!!...didn't stop you typing this though eh ?...unless girlfriend typed it for you.

Oh boy...was there blood all over the place ?

I wish you better, thanks for posting and welcome to the site...

OUCH !!...I think I'm getting sympathy pains !

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Re: Stopping a gun with your finger tip?
« Reply #24 on: 19/10/2005 00:35:13 »
Thanks for the sympathy, yeah, there was a bit of blood. It took mr a while to type it one fingered! Healing nicely though even if going a bit infected and no feeling.
Good site, found it wondering if anybody else had inflicted such a needless injury on themselves but I think I am the first or the first to own up!
 

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