## Catches a Bullet With His Bare Hands

Alan fires a bullet from his hand gun and his friend Wade catches the bullet with his bare hands. The gun shoots actual, deadly bullets. The bullet does not touch anything but air after it leaves the gun and until it reaches Wade’s hand. Wade is uninjured. How does he do it?

Alan fires his bullet from a .25 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol), which will reach a maximum height of 2,287 feet. He shoots directly upward while standing at the base of Burj Khalifa, a 2,722 foot tall building.

Wade is a window cleaner at that building, waiting at 2,287 feet. When the bullet reaches that height and is about to go back down again, he reaches out with his bare hands and catches it.

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12 Comments on "Catches a Bullet With His Bare Hands"

blake roby says
September 16, 2014 @ 12:03

Talia says
September 22, 2014 @ 18:52

I guessed that Alan had a Nerf gun, but that works too.

raj-nam to suna hi hoga says
September 22, 2014 @ 22:31

1. the gun is toy gun :)
2. bullet is shoot from very long distance at 45 degree or bullet is shoot upward and he catch it from upward

I’ve reworded the riddle to rule out toy or Nerf guns. Strictly speaking, Nerf darts qualify as bullets, but I can see how people would guess that.

As for shooting from a long distance at a 45° angle, the speed of the bullet would still be too fast to catch bare handed.

Quake says
March 6, 2015 @ 00:41

You could adjust the amount of gunpowder to barely pop the bullet out of the gun
Or a toy gun that pops the dealy bullet out slowly

Alexey says
April 1, 2015 @ 03:33

What about the temperature of the bullet? It is not just the gravity slowing it down, but air resistance as well. That will generate a lot of heat. I read a report of a WWII pilot catching a bullet that was travelling with the same speed and direction as the aircraft, but it was quite hot, and the pilot was wearing gloves.

So I guess change bare hands to canvas worker gloves and it is fine :).

Michael Jay says
July 20, 2015 @ 02:56

He would be injured the bullet would be very hot and probably burn his bare hand so yah ?

The bullet will be hot when it leaves the barrel, but the air will cool it down enough to be comfortable to the touch by the time it reaches his hands.

Jax Demian says
June 23, 2016 @ 01:27

The heat is only one problem, this is way to specific, I’ve never even heard of the burg khalifa, have no idea what a .25 acp is and I’m probably not alone. The bullet probably wouldn’t even reach it’s maximum height anyway.

Merlin says
May 26, 2018 @ 08:08

The catch word is “fire” and the leading word is “bullet.”
Instantly, your brain panics and “You are in danger.”
We can’t help it. it is a survival “Flight or Fight,” catchy phrase.
Even though, I am wrong and read the answer, I congratulate all that thought it as a mathematical riddle.
I understood it as a “Catch 22.”
When you take out, “fire and bullet,” you are left with a toy gun.
Great one! I would have been the victim …
not the smart one who had the gun!! :) :)

Larry says
May 21, 2019 @ 18:31

Well it doesn’t specifically say that Wade catches the bullet as it’s shot. Alan could have shot the gun at a shooting range… then picked up the bullet and simply tossed it to Wade…. therefore making Wade catch a bullet that Alan shot in the air.

Or he could have shot the bullet straight up in the air and then wade could have waited to catch it and been luck ig lol.

Tj says
April 29, 2020 @ 10:54

He could be a robot in a human suit pretending to be a human then catches it at the right time