Hiding underwater can stop bullets from hitting you.
All supersonic bullets (up to .
50-caliber) disintegrated in less than 3 feet (90 cm) of water, but slower velocity bullets, like pistol rounds, need up to 8 feet (2.4 m) of water to slow to non-lethal speeds.
Can a bullet kill you underwater?
With a net force of zero no more gravitational acceleration of the bullet is possible. Having stated the above, water will slow a bullet’s speed after a few feet so if you aren’t in close proximity to the shooter (<10 feet) then it’s unlikely that a underwater gunshot will kill you or even harm you.
How far can bullets penetrate water?
What happens when bullets hit water?
Water is 800% more dense than air, so unlike a bullet fired above the surface, once the bullet hits the water it immediately begins slowing down, the Science Channel explains. And instead of barreling towards Wahl, the bullet slows and falls to the bottom of the pool.
Can a gun shoot underwater?
Because standard bullet ammunition does not work well underwater, a common feature of underwater firearms is that they fire flechettes instead of standard bullets. The barrels of underwater pistols are typically not rifled. The lack of rifling renders these weapons relatively inaccurate when fired out of water.