How do bullets fly?

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Dillon Arms
Thatīs how they fly!
Author: Ruprecht Nennstiel, Pfingstbornstr.33, D 65207 Wiesbaden, Germany

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 Abstract

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.

 Contents Text 

In reading this paper, it is recommended to follow the succession of chapters below.

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Viewing of figures is highly recommended!


Shadowgraphs

Basics

Yawing motion of handgun bullets

 Formulas Formula 

Something for those who love physics!

  Software 

A recommended link for present and future ballisticians - download a test version!


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Last Update of this document: January, 1st, 2003