With more than 5,000 cannon shots under his belt, David Smith Jr – aka 'The Bullet' – certainly knows how to make an entrance.

The American performer has spectacularly bettered his Human cannonball - farthest distance record, which he attempted in celebration of Xbox's upcoming pirate-themed action-adventure game, Sea of Thieves.

Before David attempted this potentially dangerous record, a load of weighted sandbags were blasted out of the 'Pirate Blaster' – a daunting 34 ft long cannon modelled off the ones featured in the videogame.

Once the artillery and giant airbag had been proven to work, it was time for David's go.

David was blasted 59.33 metres (194 ft 8 inches) through the air by Xbox's custom-made canon, hitting 60 mph in just 0.2 seconds.

Human cannonball David Jr

The explosive attempt took place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and was also streamed live on Mixer Xbox Channel, where the full video is still available to watch.

Human cannonball landing

Previously, 'The Bullet' achieved a 59.05 m (193 ft 8.8 in) distance while on the set of Italian TV show, Lo Show Dei Record.

He also holds the record for Human cannonball - greatest height achieved, after being fired 26 m (85 ft) vertically on 8 Jul 2013 in California City, California, USA.

Several members of David’s family are human cannonballs and perform stunts worldwide.

The pneumatic cannon mechanism is apparently a trade secret that belongs to the family!

Human cannonball certificate presentation

To read about other gaming achievements, pick up a copy of Guinness World Records 2018 Gamer’s Edition.

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