The Flight of a Bullet
The flight of a bullet can be beautifully shown by a stream of water thrown from the nozzle of a garden hose, where each particle of water is a freely moving body.
As you no doubt know, the flight of a bullet from a rifle is not in a straight line but in a long parabola just like a stream of water from a hose. The bullet starts to drop the instant it leaves the muzzle, but in high-power rifles this drop is not noticeable up to about 100 yards and in some cases even more.
At distances greater than this pointblank range, as it is called, you have to raise, or elevate the muzzle of the gun and by so doing you make the bullet travel upward in a long curve for about two thirds of its trajectory and then it falls sharply to the target.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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