Does Bullets Falling From The Sky Actually Kills?

By | September 27, 2011

I know that the title is kinda weird but we know that today in Libya  we celebrate by shooting bullets in the air, if they killed someone or not, you never know because you wont be there to watch it, and actually nobody will link the bullet to you.

but think again, a 0.30 cal bullet falling from the sky when shot vertically will damage of course, but when it’s shut slightly horizontal it would also kill.

Anyway if the chance is 0.001 that someone will get injured or killed, we shouldn’t do this, because that’s human life, each day the shooting in the air becomes lower and lower, and I hope it stops someday and pleople can replace shooting with “Allah Akbar”.

The following quoted research shows this:

For further insight, we turn to Hatcher’s Notebook (1962) by Major General Julian S. Hatcher, a U.S. Army ordnance expert. Hatcher described military tests with, among other things, a .30 caliber bullet weighing .021 pounds. Using a special rig, the testers shot the bullet straight into the air. It came down bottom (not point) first at what was later computed to be about 300 feet per second. “With the [.021 pound] bullet, this corresponds to an energy of 30 foot pounds,” Hatcher wrote. “Previously, the army had decided that on the average an energy of 60 foot pounds is required to produce a disabling wound. Thus, service bullets returning from extreme heights cannot be considered lethal by this standard.”

If 30 foot pounds doesn’t mean much to you, the bullet made a mark about one-sixteenth of an inch deep in a soft pine board — about what you’d get giving it a good whack with a hammer.  Note that we’re talking about bullets shot straight up. If the bullet is fired more or less horizontally, it may not lose much speed before returning to earth and could easily kill someone.



And watch this video:
Falling Bullet

and long live freedom.