How do bullets fly?
Author: Ruprecht Nennstiel, Pfingstbornstr.33, D 65207 Wiesbaden,
This document attempts to explain the basics of the complicated subject
of bullet motion through the atmosphere and avoids formulas as well as
mathematics, but expects familiarity with the way of physical thinking.
It includes new experimental observations of bullets fired from small arms,
both at short and at long ranges. Numerous illustrations are included and
can be viewed via links to promote further understanding. This article
is also thought as an introduction for all types of readers (hunters, sportsmen,
ballisticians, forensic scientists), interested in the "mysteries" of the
exterior ballistics of bullets, fired from small arms.
In reading this paper, it is recommended to follow the succession
of chapters below.
Viewing of figures is highly recommended!
Yawing motion of handgun bullets
Something for those who love physics!
A recommended link for present and future ballisticians - download
a test version!
This document has been continuously improved by the input of readers!
Many thanks to all of them!
Further suggestions are welcome! Before posing a question, please read
the FAQ chapter!
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Last Update of this document: January, 1st, 2003