Up Close And Personal: Semi-Automatic Pistols and Shotguns


Have you ever really watched when someone is firing a semi-automatic pistol? What happens to the brass? How far is the brass ejected? What does the recoil do the wrists and arms? What does the slide look like when it kicks back

Here’s a slow motion video that will answer all those questions. Notice the movement of the flesh on the shooter’s right forearm.


Where’s the worst place to stand when someone’s firing a shotgun? In front of the barrel, right? Well, here’s what is looks like to be in that horrifying position.

* Notice the ejected shell. And, if you follow the shot (round pieces of lead similar to bullets) as they leave the barrel you’ll also see a round, white wadding. The wadding is inserted into the shotgun shell as a seal that prevents gas from passing through the shot, instead of propelling it forward.


Did you know:

– A semi-auto uses the force from its own recoil to eject old casings and to load a fresh round into the chamber?

– Shotguns are also referred to as scatter guns?

– The Glock 17 was first introduced in 1982?

– Shotgun barrels are normally smooth bore, meaning there are no lands and grooves like those in handguns and rifles?

– Shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches long are considered “sawed-off” shotguns, and it’s illegal to possess one in the United States without special approval from the ATF?

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Here’s an update on the Michael Phelps bong incident. Remember what I said in my earlier post about this? I said there wasn’t enough evidence to try Phelps for possession of marijuana – no blood test results, no confession, etc. Photographs alone are not sufficient evidence. Well, I’ll say this now –  I told you so! Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah…

(CNN) — Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps will not face criminal charges in connection with a November party at which he was photographed using a bong, a South Carolina sheriff said Monday.

“We do not believe we have enough evidence to prosecute anyone who was at the party in Columbia, South Carolina,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters, adding that authorities are ending their investigation into Phelps.

“We had a photo, and we had him saying he was sorry for his inappropriate behavior,” Lott said. “That behavior could have been going to a party. … He never said, ‘I smoked marijuana.’ He never confessed to that. We didn’t have physical evidence. We didn’t have enough where we could go arrest him.”

10 replies
  1. JonathanQuist
    JonathanQuist says:

    Thanks, Lee, for mention this guy. I had never heard of him.

    I looked him up on Amazon – it appears he wrote a book:

    I guess you write what you know.

  2. Sarah Grimm
    Sarah Grimm says:

    Why is it that so many people believe that the only way to show their importance is by putting someone else down? Those truly worthy of our respect earn it without ever having to denegrade others.

    I’ve never shot a Glock, but I love target shooting with my Mossberg.

  3. jenifer
    jenifer says:

    It’s bad enough that he has those opinions, but why would he feel the need to state them publicly? Is there any benefit to slamming the local LEOs who work hard to protect all of us every day? I can’t see one.

    SZ – Handguns are like shoes in that something that fits one person might be horribly wrong for another, but also keep in mind that Glocks come in various sizes. The 17 is full size, but the 19 is very similar, just a little smaller. The “baby Glocks” are way small. Too small even for my pretty small hands. I still don’t like Glocks all that much, but you should be able to find one that’s the right size for your hands in any event.

    Thanks for the great videos! That slo-mo pistol video is really cool to see.

  4. SZ
    SZ says:

    In your face ! With words and bullets ! Well done Lee.

    For all the education the FBI agents clearly receive, it appears team playing is not in the curriculum. Hmmm. Not a man who learned to “play well with others in the sandbox”. A very disrespectful disposition indeed.

    Well when I went to the shooting range, I did not care for the glock. A favorite of many. Seemed too big in my hand.

  5. Elena
    Elena says:

    You couldn’t possibly be talking about a member of the same FBI that investigated me for almost a year when I was 13 for possible Communist association.

    Or the agent bringing me back from being kidnapped when I was about 6, who upon finding out my heritage meant he wouldn’t get any media glory threw me onto the wet ground and was about to kick the shit out of me when he was stopped by two good old fashioned high school educated Irish cops – one of whom not only picked me up, but took me home with him where his entire wonderful family took care of me, even were there in the middle of the night when the nightmares started.

    Didn’t know about the 18 inches – ATF must give out blanket approval in various parts of the country – or else there is an 18.5 inch template commonly available.

  6. puzzlehouse
    puzzlehouse says:

    As far as what Brown said… What a maroon. What a nincowpoop. The “uneducated dummy” I know in law enforcement has a degree in physics, teaches forensic science in the police and security program at a local college, and is an internationally-respected expert in blood spatter pattern analysis. Besides being a patrol officer.

    PFFFFT! is right.

  7. D. Swords
    D. Swords says:


    PFFFT!! (picture a raised digit here) to Mr. Brown.

    I’ve never heard of him, but I know the type. See below.

    1. Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance.
    2. Marked by or arising from a feeling or assumption of one’s superiority toward others:

    A favorable and especially unduly high opinion of one’s own abilities or worth.

    ‘Nuff said?

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