Slow motion video can capture a lot of cool things but you still need to have a really awesome slo-mo camera to faithfully capture what a bullet really looks like when it’s fired from a pistol. The team at MythBusters recently did just that by filming a pistol being fired at an insane 73,000 frames per second.

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“Adam Savage is nearly rendered speechless by incredible slo-mo footage that captures a bullet being fired at 73,000 frames per second,” The Discovery Channel writes on its YouTube page. “Shot at these speeds, the video reveals a dance of pressure and fire that would otherwise be missed by the unaided eye.”

As you can see in the screencap at the top of the page, a symmetrical globe of smoke erupts out of the pistol as the bullet emerges and heads inexorably toward its target. For something so potentially lethal, it has a certain beauty to it that can’t be denied.

“I had no idea it would be that lovely, I have to go back and watch it again,” Savage says during the video.

Check out the whole thing for yourself below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.