How dangerous is a falling bullet shot in the air?

January 3, 2022
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It is at that point that the bullet starts falling to the ground at a terminal velocity that is lower than the muzzle velocity when it left the barrel of the gun. When the bullet starts falling where it will land might be unpredictable because of the effect of air and wind on it, nevertheless, these falling bullets can injure people and kill people.

It should be noted that when a gun is shot at an angle that is less than vertical, it is more dangerous when falling because the bullet maintains the angular ballistic trajectory and the chances of its engaging in a tumbling motion is less, which makes it travel at a speed that is higher than a bullet that is in a free fall.

A falling bullet can reach a speed of more than 61 metres per second and a bullet that is travelling at a speed of 46 to 61 metres per second can penetrate the skin, if it goes faster than this it can penetrate the human skull.

The average speed of a bullet that can penetrate the skin is a bullet moving at 136 miles per hour, however, it should be noted that the type of bullet and the thickness of the skin might cause the bullet to bounce off a person skin at a speed of 225 miles per hour.

For instance, a pointed bullet moves slower when falling, however, it can still penetrate the human skin, whereas a hollow point bullet is much lethal and this is not because it is easy for it to penetrate the human skin but when they do they create more damage to the human skin.

Furthermore, various calibres and sizes of bullets can penetrate the skin easily, for instance, buckshot will penetrate the skin at a speed of 145 miles per hour while a bullet from a .38 calibre revolver will penetrate the skin at a speed of 130 miles per hour.

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