Thread: 1800's .44's
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Old October 11, 2012, 11:42 AM   #70
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It is said that better than average eyesight is a prerequisite to good shooting, though no doubt some get by with better than average luck. In any event, I know it is possible to see some projectiles in flight.

For instance, it is possible to see a 105-mm howitizer projectile in flight, provided you are standing behind the gun (the best place to be). It is also possible to see very easily a 4.2-in mortar projectile in flight from the side but the projectile is on moving probably at about 800 fps. A howitizer projectile is going maybe twice as fast on a good day. All it looks like is a black dot going away from you.

It has been a while since I've fired a .45 auto but I suspect it would be possible under the right conditions to see the bullet in flight.
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