Shooting Thermite Equipped Exploding Arrows At Watermelons

Richard Ryan used to run guns, but then he took an exploding arrow to the knee:

Richard-Ryan-Thermite-Explosive-ArrowI can’t take credit for that spin on the meme, Richard made the joke on Facebook last week. :P  He’s wearing the ENDO Run Guns t-shirt as you can see.

LOL those arrows are badass!  The slow motion looked mean.  RR is the 2013 Gallagher.

I don’t have time to play video games, but if you want Crysis 3 you can pick it up at Amazon for $60.  Looks like it could be promising.

ENDO Run Guns T-ShirtRichard is a pro with that bow.  Last bow I shot wasn’t a compound bow, but I need to beef up my upper body apparently because I was doing like Ma$e; Breath. Stretch. Shake.

Thoughts?  Ban high explosive capacity thermite arrows?



Phoenixnfa February 20, 2013 at 01:43 am

Like a bauss. I too think he is like Gallagher but with guns and such.

Yes. Ban thermite arrows.

Phoenixnfa February 20, 2013 at 01:43 am

Also. Didn’t the dukes of hazard do something like this too?

RichardRyan February 20, 2013 at 04:47 am

No lighting required! I’m actually surprised so many kids are calling BS on this video. It’s hard not to say “this is how I did it” because you know some idiot will run out and try it. None the less, I’m going to do a part 2 and shoot a block wall so it won’t penetrate during detonation. Also a clear jug of water might look cool too…

Phoenixnfa February 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Yes it would. Do it!!

Dennis Erickson October 6, 2014 at 05:33 pm

The fact that these arrows have more based in fact than fiction, military uses bang sticks to detonate high explosive shaped charges to breach armored opponents

Parker Corprew November 2, 2018 at 06:30 am

They used dynamite sticks tapped to the arrows one lit the stick the other shot them.

Heath February 20, 2013 at 07:04 am

Sure it’s thermite? Thermite burns, tannerite explodes.

Josh February 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

Exactly what I was thinking. They used to use it (maybe still do) to weld and cut railroad tracks. It’s also really hard to ignite – needs to be near white hot to actually start combusting, which is why you need something like a magnesium ribbon or sparkler to get it going.

Dennis Erickson October 6, 2014 at 05:35 pm

You can use a signal flare to ignite thermite reactions

James P February 20, 2013 at 03:01 pm

This guy is full of shit. There’s nothing in the arrow.

M February 20, 2013 at 07:24 pm

yeah. pure bullshit. no way in hell that you could pack enough of any kind of explosive into the body of an arrow to get an explosion of that size. If you could the grenades that the armed forces use wouldn’t be 40mm in diameter.

I’ve made plenty of thermite. It doesn’t explode like this, it turns into a red/white hot plasma that drips everywhere. Most of the sparks that fly are the magnesium flash powder used to start the reaction. Even when ignited in water all that it does is generate steam.

Dennis Erickson October 6, 2014 at 05:37 pm

Rock On someone who knows their stuff..

Evan January 16, 2017 at 06:33 pm

Fill that arrow with C4 and it would lvl your house!

Frank October 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm

No, it wouldn’t

Mr Evilwrench February 20, 2013 at 09:14 pm

There is much he’s not telling us. Thermite does not explode. Tannerite requires a very high impact to explode, not an arrow, and there has to be a good bit of it to explode that big. Cute video, but… no.

matt February 21, 2013 at 08:29 pm

If you mix AN with dark aluminum powder, the amount of energy requires is supposed to be much lower. Tannerite has Titanium and other items added to decrease sensitivity.

Weer'd Beard February 21, 2013 at 04:27 am

Yeah, the look of the arrows, and the lack of caution he’s taking losing them (An arrow being fired is almost as violent an action of an arrow hitting a target…the numbers are even more similar when its a soft target like the melon)

Still I don’t care as the video is awesome…make an awesome video, all is forgiven!

matt February 21, 2013 at 08:27 pm

Jesus Mike, do you double check these posts before you click the submit button? Besides not being Thermite as everyone else pointed out, the explosions arent coming from the arrow if you watch the slow-mo at 1:25.

ENDO-Mike February 21, 2013 at 08:34 pm


Please don’t waste your time here, this site is obviously way below your intelligence level.

Josh February 21, 2013 at 08:38 pm

Mike: It would seem that the maker of the video doesn’t know what Thermite is. As many of us who have used it have pointed out, it doesn’t explode. It’s designed to melt through metal, such as an engine block to disable a vehicle, or to be put on top of a pile of confiscated small arms to destroy them.

Josh February 21, 2013 at 08:36 pm

Did you just stop it right there and not listen to the explanation for why it looks like that? I mean, come on, it would be awfully difficult to time the explosion of the watermelon as the arrow passed.

EgregiousCharles February 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

The “thermite arrow” referred to at 1:08 is the exploding arrow in the Crysis 3 video game, note how different it looks than what Ryan is shooting. The theme of the videos is replicating video game stuff in real life, which will of course require some changes. Ryan never refers to _his_ mixture as thermite; he calls it his own blend of explosives (not incendiaries like thermite). This isn’t Ryan shooting thermite arrows, it’s Ryan shooting explosive arrows _like_ the so-called “thermite arrow” in Crysis 3. So all the criticism of thermite is appropriate for the game, but not the video. Probably would have been worth mentioning in the video that thermite doesn’t explode, however. Maybe in the next one.

Chrontius February 23, 2013 at 03:30 pm

Nanoformed thermites are being investigated for use in future weapons; because of the grain size and available surface area, they actually *do* detonate. Also, there’s conventional chemical additives that can be used to make thermite explode; if you’re worried about aliens that bleed nanomachines, the sort of really hot explosion that results seems like it would – or could – sterilize the alien carcass of nanomachines.

So yes, the Crysis 3 thing isn’t really that far off, even if it exists only in military research labs these days.

Burrito Bandito January 1, 2014 at 09:10 am

Cupric oxide thermite explodes.

jack o. January 12, 2014 at 03:17 pm

I’m very impressed with the pyrotechnics. However I find it hard pressed To think of a Practical use. You can’t exactly hunt with them.;)

JOHN DOE March 28, 2014 at 05:32 pm

The video is to track people researching such , the carbon arrow clearly flexs leaving shaft inside arrow that triggers out and in both demos the arrow passes through (personally i think a magnetic switch and explosive is in the melon and the arrow tip sets the charge , look at the left side of melon the nipple stcicking out the explosion starts , he should not have used slow mo cam clearly its either a fake or so advanced that if he had told the true compound could lose his lisc ( or now when the dummys reasearch how to get thermite it shortins the fbi targets to watch ones looking for fun and the ones wanting to blow some one up …….never the less if your going to be dumb you better be tough ! ……Armyof1 aka 1man army , aka platoonof1

Dan combs January 20, 2015 at 07:28 pm

i am going with the others as this being fake…he is shooting field points and he calls them broad heads….there is no way this is possible…also on the last slow mo you can see the the intact arrow exit the blast radius…an arrow head filled with explosives would….explode….right?

Earl Linnabary III October 7, 2016 at 07:10 pm

I like that

anthony August 10, 2018 at 06:02 pm

You can get an explosion by filling the arrow shaft with flash powder like whats in an M-80 then putting a shotgun primer in the end of the shaft with a BB hot glued to the primer that would definitely explode on impact but I’m not sure you would get an explosion that big that hollow shaft might hold as much powder as an M-80 approx. 8-10 grams of powder ?!?!

Devin March 26, 2020 at 07:33 pm

Actually a pretty decent exploding arrow csn be made with flash-powder(the fine silver/gray powder found in firecracker)and an aluminum arrow(the fatter the better),a BB,and a 209 shotgun primer..Im not gonna get into how to make the flash powder but its very easy…Take the aluminum arrow and remove the insert and fill arrow w/flash powder and then replace the insert,then put the primer in tip of insert,then use superglue to attach the BB to the primer..Be careful not to drop arrow,especially on tip…also dont shoot at anything closer than about 20yrds unless u want aluminum shrapnel in yourself or anyone/thing else within that 20yrd radius…Have fun!

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