reply to post by Wrabbit2000
F=mg(force of gravity)-1/2D(drag coefficient of bullet)rho(density of air, varies with altitude if you want to be precise)A(cross sectional area
perpendicular to direction of motion)v^2(velocity)
If you are looking at terminal "felocity" we should take the equation one more step by inserting ma where F is (newton's second law)
However we are looking for terminal velocity, so our acceleration would be zero rendering the left side of the equation to be zero. Solving for v we
If you plug in the mass, acceleration due to gravity, density of air, drag coefficient, cross sectional area and you can find the terminal velocity.
The actual equation is much more difficult due to the fact that gravity and air density change with altitude, the formula will get you close
I have heard the same thing Wrabbit about terminal velocity of a bullet if fired straight up could kill yet It really depends on the grain of the
bullet and several other factors. If a bullet is fired in an arc there is no question however straight up, some are no worse than a hail stone
I did not hear the caliber of the pistol but if it was a .380, .22, and probably even a 9mm the falling round (shot straight up) might have given
someone a knot on the head or put an eye out of a sky watcher but I seriously doubt it could have killed anyone regardless as it is used to justify
arresting someone. Something's repeated, even if wrong, becomes a norm and people who do not check but take the "wrong" at face value are
bamboozled all the time.. Warning shots work in some circumstances but unfortunately are against the law in most states. If a situation is bad enough
to pull a fire arm then it is bad enough to shoot in the eyes of the law.
There is a difference between what is right in a particular circumstance and a broad law for all cases. I did not read the article but did here the
woman on the radio this morning along with much discussion.
Disparity of force (10 on two) could be used to justify shooting the attacker along with aggravated assault. The attacker from what the lady said hit
her daughter which broke her glasses and was coming back for another punch when the women fired. She was afraid for her daughters life and/or severe
Next the way the laws in Texas are written you do not pull a gun (even though it happens to defuse an attack; cops are not usually called for problem
went away) unless you are one trigger pull from firing at an attacker in fear for your life. Otherwise you can be accused of brandishing.
Many years ago I was in Dallas with a friend who was driving a Corvette.. A young Buck was tailgating then pulling along side wanting to race. My
friend did not take the bait which made the racer mad. The guy pulled in front of the Corvette and started slowing down wanting the vette to pass.
This game went on for several minutes and finally it progressed to the racer pulling along side cussing and using "not nice finger gestures". The
friend pulled his nickel plated 1911 45acp and aimed it out the window at the racer... Game was over.. The friend was a deputy sheriff... By law, if
he were a normal pedestrian, he could have been arrested for brandishing.
Woodbridge Va. is where the lady was with her daughter; she was open carrying!..
What kind of animals punch a girl in front of her mother and then want to continue the attack? How much further would the attack progressed? The
daughter is missing now because after the arrest of mom she supposedly was walking to her grandmothers house. Even before this incidence the daughter
was afraid of living in that apartment complex due to prior problems. With the lady/mom open carrying a pistol what kind of brain dead idiots would
start this B.S. to begin with?
You have to wonder if she would have pulled her weapon and screamed, told the attacker to get on the ground or take one to the head what would have
happened? I doubt she will be convicted in a fair court of law.
At this stage I am more concerned about the whereabouts of the daughter. The police did not arrest any of the 10 guys. They arrested the daughter's
protector; the daughter is missing.. If the daughter is harmed I would hope a lawyer could go after the cops for dereliction of duty and not taking
all the situation into a consideration before the arrest of the mom and the daughters protector.