- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 13, 2003
From musket balls to "tumblers," see how these deadly projectiles have evolved through the decades.
They have been around for some 700 years, and for most of that time they hardly changed, but in 1841 a ballistic visionary came up with the idea of replacing the round lead ball with a cone-shaped projectile. A host of other developments followed, from rifling to smokeless powder, and the advancements continue unabated to today.
From "safe" bullets that turn to dust on impact, to bullets that chain-saw through steel, MODERN MARVELS® examines the history and technology of bullets in this explosive program. Experts explain the three key stages of ballistics, while visits to firing ranges--where high speed cameras capture the minutiae of impacts at 10,000 frames a second--clearly show the dramatic differences among various types of bullets. And we'll get an in-depth look at the future, which is drawing on "smart" technology and advances in materials and manufacturing science to make a new generation of bullets that will be change the world of firearms forever.