Puzzling Shot

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Puzzling Shot

Postby AKA47 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:30 am

I fired my 9mm SR9 at a soda can today, and the shot produced a confusing result. The attached pictures much show what happened. The picture of the man shooting isn't me. It was added to illustrated the angle of the shot. I was standing about 20 feet from a tall energy drink can that had the lid screwed on but the can was empty. The can sat on the ground so it was a good four feet lower than the muzzle of my pistol.
As you can see from the pictures the entry hole is close to an inch LOWER than the exit hole. This is a paper thin aluminum can, and I can't imagine what would have happened to produce this effect. Does anyone have an explanation of this?
Thanks......................
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Plausible Answer

Postby AKA47 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:28 pm

I ask a friend of mine about this and he seem's to have the right answer.
The can was up against a tree, but it must have been far enough away from the tree for it to tilt backwards at the impact of the bullet, and the bullet then exited straight across the can. However, it appeared to have exited higher when the can settled back to vertical.
That had me going nuts, but it's pretty obvious when someone smarter gives you the answer. :D
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Re: Puzzling Shot

Postby wwb » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:30 pm

The impact at entry, since the can was empty and very light, tipped the can backwards before the bullet exited. Try the same thing with a little weight in the bottom of an otherwise empty can, and you'll find the entry/exit holes where you expect them.
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