March 19th, 2007

Rocket Scientist Explains Ballistics

Most shooters have some understanding of basic ballistics principles. But you may be surprised by how much more there is to learn. Bryan Litz, a missile design engineer for the U.S. Air Force, explores some of the more fascinating (and esoteric) issues of bullet ballistics on his Long Range Shooting web page. Topics include Bullet Design, Ballistic Coefficient Testing, Gyroscopic and Coreolis Drift, and the effects of Meplat Trimming. We hope to collaborate with Bryan on future articles concerning bullet design and ballistics. It’s not often, after all, that a dedicated shooter is also a bonafied rocket scientist. You’ll enjoy Bryan’s site–we suggest the article on Meplat Trimming for starters.

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