Where you will get the bullet, if you shoot straight up?

They say that flies up must one day fall. A bird or a plane. Soccer ball. The Price Of Bitcoin. But not all touchdowns are equally safe. What happens if shoot a gun in the air? The bullet will fly about a kilometer (depending on the angle and power of shot). Reaching the peak — the highest point of the flight, the bullet will begin to fall. Air resistance will slow it down slightly, but the bullets are by their nature designed to easily fly through the air (aerodynamic). Therefore, if this bullet after the turn in the someone gets, the high probability of murder.

In rural or desert areas, the probability to kill someone is extremely low, because few people. But in crowded cities likely to be included in someone increases dramatically, and people are often killed by stray bullets. This is especially true for countries where the carrying and use of weapons is not particularly limited. For example, in US.

How many people are killed in the U.S. by random bullets?

Very often incidents of wandering stray bullets happen after celebratory shooting — when revelers fired into the air, celebrating some event. Such bullets eventually fall to the ground, sometimes hitting other people.

How often this occurs, there is no accurate data, but in 2015, in an article in the Trace described two cases of murder of children by falling bullets that were fired into the air during Independence Day celebrations in 2011 and 2012. In 2004, the Centre for control and prevention of diseases of the USA describedthat in the new year stray bullet led to 19 injuries and one death. Most often they fall into the head, legs and shoulders.

How high up can a bullet?

The trajectory of the bullet


What happens to a bullet fired straight up into the sky? How high does it rise? What stops her and returns to the Earth? When and where she will land after the turn?

These questions are not so simple. Researchers ballistics — that is, people studying the movement and trajectory of various projectiles, spent a lot of time on the study of the motion of the bullet horizontally. Because this information is useful to improve the accuracy and firing range. But in the air, people shooting randomly, so to study this type of movement of the bullet there is not much point.

Major General, U.S. army Julian Hatcher decided to put the experiment in Florida and shot into the air from different types of weapons, from rifles to machine guns, trying to measure the time of movement of the bullet and find a landing place. He calculated that the standard bullet for a hunting rifle .3 caliber when shooting up the rise to the height of 2743,2 meters in 18 seconds and another 31 seconds back on the ground, speeding up to “nearly constant” velocity of 91.4 meters / second.

But the expert in the field of ballistics James Walker says that the height of a bullet will depend on the type of weapon and projectile, as in horizontal shooting. The gun shorter barrel than a rifle, and pistol bullets, less powder, so they will not be able to rise as high as the bullet from the rifle.

What happens if you shoot in the air? Where’s the bullets?

It looks like the bullet caliber 7,62х63 (.30-06)

And it looks like the bullet for pistol ACP

During horizontal shooting bullets tend to quickly decelerate due to air resistance and the bullet from a rifle loses half speed after 500 meters. When firing up the slow will be faster due to gravity.

Company Close Focus Research, conducting ballistic tests, shows on the chartthat the bullet pistol ACP may gain a maximum height of 697 metres, whereas a rifle bullet .30-06 will reach a height of 3080 meters, which is almost five times higher.

No matter how high in the air the bullet will rise, eventually it will slow to zero and starts to fall to the Ground. Form, rotation, speed will affect a change of course. Also the bullet is unlikely to fall to the point of departure, because it will blow wind. To predict where it will fall, it is, because nobody needs it — the military is too busy to improve horizontal shooting.

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