Good point. The authorities knock on your door and say "We've triangulated
gunshots coming from your property."
You say: "And..."
They say: "Have you been firing a weapon?"
And you say (pick one):
* "You'll never take me alive, John Law!"
* "I'm glad you're here. I've been pulling on my penis for several hours now
and I think I've broken it. Could you take a look and see if it's all
* "Do you think the U.S. will ever go metric? LOOK! A SQUIRREL!"
* "You mean you're not here about the kids on my lawn?!"
In Florida the safe answer is "I threw a firecracker at a bird or
whatever, that was damaging my garden" That is one of the few legal
ways to shoot firecrackers in this state but you can also shoot 2"
mortars as long as you are just scaring animals.
Last night about midnight they must have had an infestation to rival
the biblical plague of locusts because all manner of pyrotechnics were
This does bring up an interesting point. When they institute the
gunshot locator in Ft Myers, as they have planned, will we be rolling
cops every time some kid is "scaring birds"?
We do have about a dozen permanent fireworks stores and tents on every
corner in December and June/July. Fireworks are a constant thing.
Heard today that a 4 year old child was killed at church New Year's Eve by a
falling bullet in Decatur, Ga. I have seen this discussion before with
people wailing that it is impossible. This impossible bullet penetrated
both the roof and the boy's skull.
Las Vegas is notorious for New Year's Eve gunfire.
I've searched today and in the past. I haven't seen any credible
evidence that a *falling* bullet is likely to kill anyone.
Mythbusters has visited the falling bullet theory a couple times. Both
times they determined that there is very little umph left in a falling
I did find this interesting page-
In 1920 the Army determined that a 150 gr. bullet shot straight up
came down blunt end first and only had 30 foot-pounds of energy. It
made a 1/16" dent in softwood.
"They fired .30 caliber, 150 gr., Spitzer point bullets, at a velocity
of 2,700 f.p.s. Using the bullet ballistic coefficient and elapsed
time from firing until the bullet struck the water, they calculated
that the bullet traveled 9,000 feet in 18 seconds and fell to earth in
31 seconds for a total time of 49 seconds."
It would take *some* falling bullet to penetrate a roof- then kill
even a child.
I don't doubt that people die every day from *stray* bullets-- but
there is a world of difference between stray and falling.
You left out the other part. While the vertical velocity (falling) is
too small, it's nearly impossible to fire a gun straight up (0
horizontal velocity). People can still be shot be those bullets.
Perhaps you should have just googled "falling bullet kills". Where did you
look? In your garage?
http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic ;f4;t 0739;p=1
Ahhhh. True scientists and forensic experts. Not to mention both are on
Ninety year old science?
Small children have very very very very very soft bones in their heads. Did
I say they have soft bones in their heads, particularly on top where it
takes decades to completely grow thicker and toughen?
Not if you're the dead person. They don't wonder a lot at all.
Well, then, I guess that ends the matter. You have spoken. We can throw
out all the facts, anecdotal evidence, and files on people killed from
But, I would say that several stories where the bullet came through the
roof, then entered the person establishes a trajectory. But then, I am
nowhere as smart as you, as you can examine evidence thousands of miles
away, and determine forensics without ever being at the site.
You may and will continue to believe whatever you want. As for me, I shall
read the reports from time to time on deaths caused from falling bullets.
And as for Mythbusters ................... They should get hold of the
police agencies and point out the errors of their investigations and get the
REAL perpetrators. We all know that if it is on TV or on the radio or in
the papers, it HAS to be true.
Have you heard the latest rumor? The earth is round!
the discrepancy here is that this guy is talking about bullets falling
straight down,no horizontal velocity. NOT a real-life situation.
NONE of the people killed by "falling" bullets were from bullets falling
straight down,but down in ballistic arcs,where the bullet still had
horizontal velocity adding to it's kinetic energy.
No,wind drift could move it in several directions,depending on prevalent
winds at different altitudes,even move it one way then back like a "s",and
possibly at different rates of drift,too.
And a parabolic trajectory would mean the pointy end is coming down.
what I'm trying to say is that no one has been killed by a bullet dropping
back on them or even right next to the shooter;the kills have all been
large distances away,meaning a parabolic trajectory.
(IOW,they were not shooting "straight up",probably not even nearly straight
Now,a bullet travelling long distances will still lose a lot of energy,but
keep enough to harm someone.(muzzle velocity vs terminal velocity)
I use a Crossman with a 4X scope on it. It shoots at 1200 feet per
and I use it with good effect on both squirrels (tree rats) and
rabbits (ground rats).
You can get a look at air rifles of this type by googling "high
power air rifles"
Gamo currently has one for around $130 including the scopy, and
want the scope, since you only have one shot at a time and need to
Good luck, I have felt your pain and my situation has been dealt
Also, you can google "rabbit recipes" and "squirrel recipes" and
are hundreds, tho I would recommend stewing the victim until the meat
falls off (about 1 hour at just boiling) and throwing in some potatoes
and carrots, then garlic/salt/black pepper... or whatever.....
Be careful when cleaning the rabbit. You need to be on the
for tuleremia (rabbit fever) and that is done by checking the liver.
all be googled. Lots of stuff....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Eureka, site of the best Korean Barbeque Restaurant in Texas, located
on the main highway beside the animal shelter......
I am making a 55 gallon trap. It is a plastic barrel with a trap door on
top that they activate by pushing a release. They then drown in the barrel,
and a small spring returns the door to ready position. I have used the soda
can on a string over a barrel of water, and it works quite well. With this,
they won't be able to see the dead ones, and may be less cautious. Our rock
squirrels in Utah are very wary.
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