Walther P22 vs Snack Food, and a Fly

Photo courtesy of YouTube and SmarterEveryDay

Since reading TFB’s article “AK Underwater With Ultra High Speed Camera” from a few weeks ago, I’ve become a fan of the YouTube Channel “Smarter Every Day” where a guy named Destin makes educational videos that are interesting and engaging. He’s also got three kids and makes these videos to earn advertising money to support his family and put his kids through college.

In this particular episode titled “High Speed Fun and a Fly Responding to a Blast Wave,” I was interested to see that the “blast wave” was from a Walther P22 handgun, chambered in .22LR. Check out the video at the 4:10 mark to see this particular bit.

I would have been interested to see other calibers – like whether a fly would survive the muzzle blast from a 12 ga shotgun, but this was a cool first glance.

The P22 is a DA/SA semi-automatic pistol that comes with either a 3.42″ or 5″ barrel, threaded or unthreaded. It comes in a variety of different color combinations.

Destin also uses the P22 to blast away at some Pringle’s potato chips, and he shoots an arrow through the center hole of a donut.

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Photo courtesy of YouTube and SmarterEveryDay

Hopefully, you have learned something new watching the fly react to the muzzle blast.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.



  • Lance

    Best sniper ever trains on killing fruit flies at hundreds of yards good training LOL!

    • Ripley

      A real pro calculates the kinetic energy drop-off so that the bullets just knocks ’em out and doesn’t kill.

  • NotHisRealName

    I’d like to +1 on the value of ‘Smarter Every Day’. Destin seems to be a bit of a gun enthusiast from comments I’ve seen him make on the channel.
    I’d also recommend the ‘how helicopters fly’ series. I don’t understand much of it, but found it very interesting all the same.

    • Frank

      I concur on the helicopter video.

  • MrSatyre

    YouTube error just when he gets to the good part!

  • Cobalt-60

    His bit on the Prince Rupert’s Drop is both amazing and fascinating. I have been a sub for a while, he has some really great content and he does his research. I also really like the idea of me watching a video to help some kids go to college, gives me the warm and fuzzies. If you guys are looking for other very interesting and education based videos i’d recommend Crash Course, Veritasium, CGP Grey, MinutePhysics, ASAP Science, and of course Brass Fetcher.