European Rifle Burst Test

These videos were filmed quite a long time ago and have been on the internet for years. They came to my attention when I was researching the strength of the Blaser actions.

Occasionally these videos will come up and the only compilation I have ever been able to find has a distracting watermark across the middle of them and terrible music.

So in the interest of sanity, I have the originals from the creator and have recompiled them with a less disruptive end-product.

For those wondering, filmed at 4000FPS. Barrels completely plugged. Caliber 308. Bullet weight 168 grains.

The rifles, shown in order, are made by:




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  • Matt

    Surprisingly, none of the video shows a difference in the actions themselves. Only in the barrel since they all held up at the action and the Remington and browning failed at the plug in the barrel. Not exactly sure what this really demonstrates exactly.

    • I am guessing right now. But let me postulate a decent theory:

      Designers tend build weapons to meet certain standards. It is not uncommon in the EU for the governments to require proof testing to allow x,y,z guns to be sold in their dominions.

      While this isn’t proof testing, it might…I say might…be fair to say the guns that didn’t blow up were designed from the ground up to “pass” this very test.

      How many guns didn’t pass the CA drop tests initially? Now I suspect most do on the first try.

      If I were to open Marky’s rifles tomorrow? What American institution is going to demand proof of plug testing before I am allowed to sell to the public?

      To my knowledge, none. I open today. I sell tomorrow. But if I didn’t spec a barrel to pass this test, can I be shocked it doesn’t pass?


      The only thing I know for sure is, don’t plug your barrels and torch off a round. But…didn’t we all know that BEFORE watching this video?

      It’s a data point. Nothing more.


  • royroyazz .

    I have to say that it was a bit disturbing to see the catastrophic destruction of what I would consider two of the most iconic American made brands in the entire group. Both brands of which I own as hunting weapons I might add. Can we infer from the video that barrel steel on American made weapons is inferior to European made barrel steel?

    • I think all we can safely infer from the video is two specific guns failed this test on X day.


  • David May

    We’re all the barrels the same contour? If not, what does it say about the American made barrels vs. the European made brands?

    • I don’t specifically know the countours, but visually they seem similar.


  • Joe Torres

    Hopefully nobody beats me up too bad on this one… Enjoyed the video to the fullest, when anything goes boom and nobody is getting hurt, I’m in!! The test itself is definitely interesting and I agree with “he who doesn’t check his weapon for function is destined for doom in some way” ,but , we have to look at the fact that it is an edited 1minute16 second video with unknown variables and no evidence of how it was set up for testing. Being an owner of a few Remington’s it sucked to see the barrel frag but as a Sako owner it was great to see that pass. We can only hope that it was an honest unbiased test but seeing as we never got to see how and what the barrels were plugged with and if they were in fact all plugged equally or some were plugged a little more solid than others, who knows if these results are actually true to form. So I guess my overworded point is don’t go running out and dumping your favorite rifle cause this particular video showed it go boom for one that didn’t. We all know everything on the net is the truth, I hope we’re all laughing at that, but there is some truth in you get what you pay for BUT,also, don’t believe everything you see and hear unless you were there to see it when it happened. Stay safe and enjoy whatever ya got… after checking the barrel.

    • The video is a compilation of videos. I put them together. If you have any questions about the testing, please feel free to contact the agency who performed it.

      Be prepared to speak Swedish.


      • Joe Torres

        Hah! I love it and since my Swedish level is on the short bus I’ll take your word for it. I actually wasn’t intentionally mean to bash on this specific video as being fake as much as just remember not everything on YouTube or any other sight may not be what it seems. Like the guy that throws a 22lb recoil spring in a 1911 and uses the lightest loads possible to induce an FTF/FTE situation and then show how his brand of choice stock 1911 running factory 230gr hardball feeding flawlessly so he can trash on gun #1. I guess reverting back to a previous post you did about the gun nerds on the computer. Let me ask though since I do always read and enjoy the stuff you do, is your blaser your #1 go to rifle at the end of the day or are you doing the million mile torture test on it to see how it actually does. I’ve only spent about 5 minutes behind one in .308win so I’m curious as to your no bullshit, love it or hate it for what it’s worth opinion from someone who obviously loves to toy with that thing and wring it out. Thanks man

        • I like the Blaser system personally since it gives me a lot of options for configurability, fast bolt throw, and supreme accuracy. As in supreme accuracy.

          But with that comes significant trade-off. Cost is outrageous. Durability…eh. It’s nowhere near as durable as a WIN model 70.

          Think of it like a Mercedes. The engineering is expensive and complicated. And if one small thing goes sides ways, the issue can cascade trough the system to the point if not working.

          I love them. But I don’t bullshit myself and confuse taste with practicality.


          • Think Ford crate engine vs Mercedes v8 turbo charged.

            Depending on what chassis you mount them in, either would win at the drag strip.

            But which one is easier to fix? Which one is cheaper to fix? Which one needs to be fixed first? Which one can you ignore issues and get away with it vs having to address it now.

            Car guys buy both engines and do a lot. Which engine do you give to someone with little to no tolerances for dealing with cars?


  • The testing was performed by: