Shoulder-mounted GoPro stops Iraqi sniper's bullet


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/23/shoulder-mounted-gopro-stops-i.html


#2

If they have a lottery where he is, then he should play it.


#3

Eh, honestly, I think it was just a near miss. It looked to me like it came down the road, to his side, and it just nicked the front of the camera.

I say this not to be a fuddy duddy, but the Go Pro, as well made as it is, isn’t going to stop or even really affect a 7.62 x 39mm.


#4

Maybe spreading anecdotes like this are how we get police to wear body cameras.


#5

And he just waks around the back of the car.
I simply can’t imagine living in a world where I’m not crapping my pants after surviving a near-miss from a sniper’s bullet - and believe me, I’ve had some legitimate near-fatal experiences in my life.


#6

I was thinking about something similar this morning. How do you protect yourself from a lone suicide bomber loser? It’s like a lightning strike. There’s no way to predict it.


#7

Gutierrez, for today, I yield my square inch of the internet to you.


#8

That was my read as well. Given how thoroughly the camera was obliterated it seems unlikely it did much at all to the trajectory.


#9

Everything said above, but also… we have no idea where that came from… let’s stand around in the open talking about it for a while?


#10

Ssh! If everybody knows that then TLAs can’t get all that lovely no-strings-attached funding!


#11

Around these parts? Slow day at the office. And no, that’s not cool.


#12

Having been conditioned by tv and movies to expect to hear a gunshot I found the buzzing whine of the bullet’s passage to be weirdly disturbing.


#13

I can’t watch the video so maybe the title is just wrong but was it really an Iraqi sniper shooting at an Iraqi journalist?


#14

Yeah, a 7.62 doesn’t stop without transmitting all of that speed into what ever is in its way. I think a direct hit would have just turned that GoPro into shrapnel inside that dude’s shoulder.


#15

People don’t carry around as many bibles or cigarette cases these days. What else is going to lucky-stop a bullet these days, a cell phone or a pocket constitution?


#16

Why does this come into question at all?


#17

Because it implies some internal strife I wasn’t aware of. I was under the impression the Iraqis were pretty focused on ISIS and Al Qaeda. Granted news coverage is sparse these days so maybe I’m misinformed.


#18

Theres been lots of internal strife there for years now. This bit of info didnt surprise me in the slightest.


#19

Well yes, and their members in Iraq are mainly Iraqis.


#20

Kevlar, hardened steel and/or ceramic plates.