Sometimes “don’t try this at home” hardly seems to cover it.

Most of us are familiar with the story of William Tell, the legendary folk hero in Switzerland that was forced to shoot an apple off of his son’s head after failing to bow to the newly appointed Austrian Vogt, Albrecht Gessler.  Tell, according to legend, got the apple with the very first bolt fired from his crossbow, though he had drawn a second bolt already, which he intended to use to kill Gessler, had he failed.

The idea of demonstrating your superior marksmanship by shooting an apple, or some other small target, from the head of someone the shooter cares about permeated through a number of Germanic legends, and eventually into pop culture where it can be seen in everything from Looney Tunes to feature films, but no one in their right mind is dumb enough to actually try this feat, right?  Surely, the risk far outweighs the reward.

Well, this is the internet, so of course that question was going to be followed by a video of someone doing exactly that.  According the Facebook page “Military Power,” who sources the content from China’s “Guangming Daily,” this video is legitimate, and shows Chinese special forces soldiers shooting apples off of one another’s heads with their service pistols from a range of what appears to be a solid 25 meters.