Targets in tune: See how ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is played with a gun

When Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” 200 years ago, the acrid smell of gun powder was in the air during the siege of Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, so the sound of gunfire is as woven into the American national anthem as the red, white and blue threads of the American flags.

A YouTube video released by Musical Targets – a company that bills itself as “the source for armory harmony” — takes that legacy to a whole different level.

Check out this rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” produced by a Colorado-based Musical Targets using its own products, a steady hand and a trigger finger with a sense of musical timing.

You’ve probably never heard the national anthem played quite like this.

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