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All About Bullet Impact Force

Two Important Questions

As much as we love our guns, and can spend hours discussing and learning about the various aspects that make one model better than another, or one caliber of bullet more suitable for a specific scenario, when the chips are down and we raise that gun in front of us our thoughts narrow to two simple thoughts: Will I hit my target? And if I do, is one shot enough? 

When push comes to shoot, our guns are meant to protect us. At 45 Blast, we’ve seen how the right gun accessories can help make this issue of accuracy a whole lot easier. With many of our products being used in competition, many professionals won’t even attempt to go for the gold without one of our Canik compensators to help divert those muzzle gasses that lead to unruly recoil.

Yes, the right attachment can help tremendously with that first question, “will I hit my target?” But the second question? There are many ways to answer that one.

The Power of Touch

To understand stopping power is to understand two things: placement and bullet impact force. Placement, as one might surmise, is another accuracy issue. This can be improved by investing in the right gun accessories and then practicing often. Stopping power, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated to understand.

At 45 Blast, we have a saying; when asked why we care so much about designing the perfect compensator, we answer “because you can’t accurately throw a rock 1500 feet per second.” Often the “accuracy” part of that refrain is what is underscored, but if we want to talk about the power of touch — the kinetic energy of bullet force — we’re going to need to focus instead on the feet-per-second.

A Bit of Math

In order to determine how much energy a bullet impact will distribute to a target, we must be in possession of a few pieces of information: 

  • The mass of the bullet
  • Its velocity in feet-per-second

Once we know these two things, we can begin to calculate the kinetic energy that is transferred from the bullet to the target upon impact. This is done with the following formula:

One half the bullet’s mass times the square of the velocity

Further calculations can be done by dividing this initial mathematical product by the gravitational acceleration constant (basically the speed at which falling objects accelerate as they get closer to the earth) but let’s focus for now on the two points we’ve already mentioned.

Mass and Velocity

Just as important as choosing the right gun accessories for your firearms is choosing the right ammunition. Each gun is equipped to fire a specific caliber, which can help us to know the mass of the bullet. Velocity, on the other hand, takes a little bit of “pre-math” to figure out. We can determine velocity as a measure of distance divided by the time it takes to travel (feet-per-second). 

Once we know the mass and velocity, we can plug them into the equation listed above and find out the impact of the bullet.

If you want to make sure that you can answer both of our initial questions (Will I hit my target? Is one shot enough?) confidently, browse our 45 Blast gun accessories shop today. You will have the best attachments for your Canik handgun that are currently on the market.

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