Firearms have been a source of entertainment, providing food and self-defense since their invention. They’ve also provided an avenue of hands-on exploration of science and engineering. Being able to understand the physics and mechanics of what’s taking place while shooting can help us be more consistent and efficient to be able to place rounds on our intended target.
Last summer, Eric Higgins was helping a fellow shooter diagnose an issue with his rifle. Eric noticed a wide variation in muzzle velocity for a hand load that the shooter had previously found reliable. Eric recalled the Sniper’s Hide article that asserted the position in which a rifle is fired can have effects on muzzle velocity and wondered if it would be of help to the fellow shooter. In reviewing that article, he questioned the results of the article and wanted to explore that theory for himself.
Eric decided to use some sensitive but affordable instrumentation that he built himself to see if there was a difference between mitigating his own rifle’s recoil and allowing the rifle to recoil freely. Click here to see his article on his homemade accelerometer to measure how the rifle was moving under recoil. For the test, Eric
Originally posted on The Firearm Blog