Sunday, May 25, 2008

CSI in all its hysterical glory

I'm home folks, and I just finished up an episode of CSI Miami called "Going Ballistic" that made me shake my head with all of the BS.

The story line is trying to follow the real life story of Efraim E. Diveroli who was a defense contractor in Miami who's company, AEY, had a contract with the US Army to sell ammunition to Afghanistan, but was busted for selling the wrong kind of ammo.

The first bit of ridiculousness was right at the beginning where a gunman on a rooftop cuts loose with a Glock 18, killing a new CSI. The gunman managed to place about 10 rounds into her chest at about 100 feet on full auto before the gun Kaboomed. Don't start flaming Glocks just yet.

Next we find out that a contractor has sold pistol ammo containing "black powder" to the DoD. This ammo is corroded to the point where a round rolls off Calleigh's desk, hits the floor, and discharges into the ceiling which blows a 4 bulb fluorescent light down onto the desk which starts a fire. And that's not all! Before the fire, Calleigh had cleaned the corrosion off the case head of one of the rounds where she had discovered that the ammo was produced in 1969. How did she know that? Why, it was stamped right onto the case head! Convenient! There was no possibility that the case was produced in 1969, and then loaded up later, nor was there any mention that ammo doesn't really go bad. This ammo is what caused the Glock KaBoom.

Lastly, the contractor was involved in trafficking the new terror ammo that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Ownership is going to go nuts over. It's called "Fused Alloy" ammo. Apparently this super deadly ammo is pre-fragmented, and bonded with heat. When the conspicuously pointed bullet strikes something like body armor, it punches right through, but when it hits something hot like living tissue, the heat melts the bond causing it to come un-glued and fragment into dozens of pieces. The best line from the episode goes something like "so no matter where you hit someone, they're dead!" Great stuff.

That's not all. Right now I'm watching a CSI New York episode called "Hostage." So far we have a victim with two bullets in his body that are in the same wound channel. The theory is that both rounds came from the same gun, and that the gun must have such low recoil that it can place two rounds into the same hole, and guess what gun they name? The Kriss Super V!

DHS informs NYPD about the weapon, which CSI says doesn't match the caliber in the weapon that a suspected hostage taker is holding, which happens to be a .45 ACP caliber 1911. This is profound because the Kriss Super V is only offered in .45 ACP.

Anyways, I pick CSI apart all of the time because they are so clueless about firearms.

That's all I've got, see ya'll in the morning.

Update: As a reader pointed out in comments, the "fused alloy" bullets do not take into account the heat from being fired out of the gun. That is a good point, so I looked up the episode in Wikipedia, and sure enough, they noticed this as well as some other stuff.

Good catch!


Anonymous said...

[i]....but when it hits something hot like living tissue, the heat melts the bond....[/i]

It's pretty hot inside the barrel of a gun. :/

Unknown said...

Good point. No one ever accused CBS of having an underactive imagination!

Unknown said...

Body armor on a warm body in the Miami heat gets pretty warm.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if the facts are always right?
It is just for entertainment.
If you want real life then watch COPS.
Maybe get a real life?