50 Caliber Physics Lesson – Wayne Kiser

Rifle Range- Read Before Watching Clip

Physics lesson. Lucky man.

Turn your sound up……….so you can hear the bullet head back.

This guy is shooting a 50 cal rifle. Watch the dust when he fires. The target is a steel plate, 1000 yards (.57 miles, 10 foot ball fields) away. You can hear the ping of the hit and then hear the bullet coming back. It hits the ground just in front of him, then bounces up, hits the earmuffs, knocking them from his head. The footage is amazing. If you haven’t heard a ricochet before, you can hear the bullet as it tumbles through the air on its course back toward the shooter.

For those of you that wish to, consider the probability the bullet hitting the ground in exactly the right place to bounce up at the correct trajectory angle to hit his ear protection, not over, or under them. Fortunately the tumble, or the angle of the plate he was shooting at changed the return course of the bullet by 6 inches “left” over half a mile’s worth of travel distance (right eye dominant sighting – left ear-cup impact). Otherwise it would have been a “return one hop head–shot”, instead of an earphone shot.

The .50 caliber sniper rifle is an impressive piece of gear.



“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

A quote by Jeff Cooper, “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”

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