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The Science of Small Arms Ballistics

1st Edition

By Alvah Buckmore, Jr.

Apple Academic Press

202 pages | 15 Color Illus. | 36 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781771886505
pub: 2018-06-27
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The science of small arms ballistics is seriously underdeveloped and underappreciated. This unique and different book is a comprehensive study that fills a legitimate need for a work that covers the engineering and theory of small arms ballistics.

The author shares his extensive research on working out the science of small arm ballistics mathematically and explains his theories, such as the field-effect and the field-effect over trajectory and time, along with new theories on interior, exterior, and terminal ballistics. Each equation describes a mathematical relationship, such as transfer of energy, and has an engineering application to help solve a design problem. Some equations, such as the calculation of bullet length with a given muzzle velocity and rate of twist, represent manipulations of those equations. Some other equations represent a set of mathematical instructions to resolve a technical problem, such as the computation of trajectory or depth of penetration of living tissue in real-time.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Science of Small Arm Ballistics

The Science of Interior Ballistics

A Practical Application to Scientific Experimentation

A Theory of the Asymptotic Function

The Theory of Twist

The Theory of Bullet Spin

The Theory of Kinetic Energy

Temperature Conversion Formulas

Bullet Geometry


The Science of Exterior Ballistics

The Field-Effect Theory

A Theory of the Effect of Field-Effect over Time

A Theory of the Effect of Gravity over Time

A Theory of the Effect of Field-Effect over Trajectory

Theory, Application and Calculation of Trajectory in Real-Time

Wind Deflection

The Speed of Sound in Air

Approximate Time of Flight

Maximum Range of Lethality

Maximum Effective Range

The Correlis Effect

True Minute of Angle

The Science of Terminal Ballistics

Transfer of Energy

Temperature of Transfer of Energy

Reflection of Kinetic Energy

Acceptance of Kinetic Energy

Theory of Penetration

Calculating the Expectant Depth of Penetration into Animal Issue

Ballistic Reflection Coefficient

Ballistic Reflection Power

Ballistic Penetrating Power

Ballistic Work Function


About the Author

Alvah Buckmore, Jr., a United States Army veteran, is a self-taught expert on small arms ballistics. He has gained national and international recognition as a pioneer on this subject. He taught himself advanced mathematics and developed the skills and tools to work out the mathematical relationships of physical phenomena, starting off with the theory of transfer of energy, theory of penetration, field-effect, and the effect of field-effect over trajectory and time. Among several other new theories in interior, exterior, and terminal ballistics, he finally had enough material to write an entirely original book on the science of small arm ballistics, working over a period of more than 20 years.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / General