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Where Do Bullets Go When Guns Are Fired Straight Up Into The Air?

The adage "what goes up must come down" is a good place to start. The bullet from a gunshot into the air will fly up to a mile high (depending on the angle of the shot and the power of the gun). The bullet will drop until it hits its apogee. Air Resistance restricts its speed, but bullets are designed to be reasonably aecrodynamic, so if the bullet happens to strike anyone, the speed is still very lethal. As an example, consider the following: AMANDO MARTINEZ, a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, walked outside a home on New Year's Eve 2017 and felt as though he'd been hit with a sledgehammer. He'd been hit on the top of the head by a falling 223 caliber bullet, which was discovered after he was rushed to the hospital. According to CNN, a round fragment penetrated the top of his skull and embedded itself in the top layer of his brain, requiring surgery to remove it.

And what happens to a bullet that fires straight up into the sky, actually? What is the maximum height? What is it that stops it and brings it back to Earth? And when it lands, when will it do so and where will it land? Ballistics researcher James Walker says that, just as it does when shot horizontally, the height reached by a bullet fired straight up will depend on the type of weapon and projectile. Walker says it will slow down faster because of gravity, not a whole lot, if you want to fire it up. Most significantly, a bullet is unlikely to fall straight down because wind will change its trajectory, according to Walker. Which makes it hard to predict where a bullet is going to land.

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