The ballistics of seventeenth century musket balls

Show simple item record Miller, David P. Allsop, Derek Carr, Debra J. 2020-01-08T12:49:41Z 2020-01-08T12:49:41Z 2019-07-14
dc.identifier.citation Miller DP, Allsop D, Carr DJ. (2019) The ballistics of seventeenth century musket balls. Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2019, pp. 25-36 en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 1574-0773
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates the firing of seventeenth Century musket balls. Prior to this research, the main concerns with making range predictions were associated with the deformed shape of the musket balls affecting their drag coefficient and therefore their distance to ground impact. However, the distance due to bounce and roll after initial impact has been unknown. In this work, the distance travelled after the first ground impact greatly exceeded expectations, with the musket balls approximately doubling the distance to their final resting positions. From these findings the initial factors thought to have had high relevance to the final resting position of the musket ball (velocity variation and drag co-efficient) become less significant and factors such as ground hardness become more prominent. The knowledge gained during this investigation will allow more accurate information to be obtained on the firing positions of opposing forces during conflicts in the English Civil War. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Brill Academic Publishers en_UK
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International *
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dc.subject Black powder en_UK
dc.subject Wad en_UK
dc.subject Pressure en_UK
dc.subject Accuracy en_UK
dc.subject Range en_UK
dc.title The ballistics of seventeenth century musket balls en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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