Early ballistics book on Google Books
It's F. W. Mann's The Bullet's Flight from Powder to Target (1909). It's an enormous series of ballistics experiments, performed over 30 years, at a key period (smokeless powder and spitzer bullets coming in). He dabbled in vented barrels, firing elongated bullets from smooth bores, tried to find the most accurate form for a bullet, etc., etc..
I actually own a ex-BU uni library print version of that book. It's amazing how little things have changed other than being more precise in replicating things and better metal and powders. Written in 1909 and printed up to the 60s and there isn't much new since on many levels.
Good one for the bookshelf if you can find it at the right "yard sale".
Laying in an easy chair is a more comfy way to read than at a monitor :-)
Posted by: Thomas at October 1, 2009 02:29 AM