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Why don't vampires...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mac66, 6 Mar 2008.

  1. Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    go bang.Or is their unbangyness a hitherto undisclosed power?I ask simply because vampires can dodge bullets because they can move so quickly. They must be travelling faster than a bullet. Guns go bang because the bullet travels faster than the speed of sound. Silencers work on the principle of slowing the bullet velocity to below the speed of sound - hence no sonic boom.Sooo.. have vampires got built in silencers? I haven't seen a film or read a book fiction/non-fiction that covers this important topic.
     
  2. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    unbangyness? that'll be the scientific term for it?
     
  3. OP
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    Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    Absolutely:biggrin:
     
  4. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    i thought guns went bang due to the explosion of gunpowder and silencers worked by dispersing the shockwave of air coming out of the barrel?
     
  5. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Veteran

    Location:
    Merseyside-ish
    I'm with trustysteed on this one :

    A gun's muzzle velocity is the speed at which the projectile leaves the muzzle of the gun. Muzzle velocities range from subsonic (below 330 m/s / ~1080 ft/s) for some pistols to more than 1,800 m/s (~5910 ft/s) for tank guns firing kinetic energy penetrator ammunition

    (Wiki)
     
  6. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    say it again! phwooarrr!
     
  7. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    They don't dodge the bullets, they simply have no effect on them since they are already dead.
     
  8. OP
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    Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    Thanks TS yes a I have just researched how a silencer works and it basically lowers the pressure of the air behind the bullet preventing the pop

    However also found...that a bullet that travels at supersonic speeds cannot be silenced because the bullet creates its own little sonic boom as it travels. Many high-powered loads travel at supersonic speeds. The silencer can remove the "uncorking" sound, but not the sound of the bullet's flight.

    So if a vampire can side step a supersonic bullet, they should go bang as well beacuase they create their own sonic boom. Well maybe more of a sonic pop.
     
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    Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    Ruins the look of the suit though, bullet holes.:evil:
     
  10. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    Location:
    East London
    Dodging bullets doesn't require travelling faster than them. Running away from a bullet would. Perpendicular movement innit.
     
  11. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    And so the terrified villagers invented garlic..........:evil:
     
  12. JamesAC

    JamesAC Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    .. well, only if they dodge at a speed > speed of sound. If the bullet, travelling ever so fast, is fired from, say, 20 yards away, then a vampire, even a fat one, only has to move ~ 1 yard to dodge the lead. Which (s)he could do at 1/20 of the speed of the bullet.

    The tricky bit, if the bullet was travelling faster than sound, would be to know that it had been fired at all!!

    (I once read of a Western gun-slinger who was so quick on the draw that his last bullet hit the target before the first one!!)
     
  13. Ranger

    Ranger New Member

    Location:
    Fife borders
    When you are shot at by a supersonic round (years in the TA doing silly things) you hopefully hear it pass over your head with a crack and then the bang from the round being fired a (very) little bit afterwards.

    So vampires have uncrackyness but not unbangyness
     
  14. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Their self healing powers work on their clothes too. That's why they always look so dapper.
    It must be a pain for she-vampires always having to dress in leather with high heels, on the other hand they never have "What will I wear?" days 'cos the answer is always S&M dominatrix!
     
  15. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Can we clear up once and for all, do vampires have superhuman strength?