- Downloadable Free Ballistics Software
- Web Based Free Ballistics Software
- Commercial Ballistics Software
- Books on Ballistics and Ammunition
Downloadable Free Ballistics Software
Windows PC Ballistics and Reloading software program. Point Blank is a simple to use graphical program computing bullet trajectories, energies, drop etc etc. It also allows for comprehensive tracking of reload data and “Virtual” target performance.
Calculation of exterior ballistics data, including: Time of flight, remaining velocity kinetic energy, bullet path compared to sight line, sight adjustments from zero for different ranges, and wind drift. Also calculates maximum point blank range, tolerance interval for range estimations, near zero range + boresighting distance, ballistic coefficient, recoil energy and velocity, and minimum rifling twist.
The ballistics software “Projektil 2” calculates and shows the muzzle-energy in Joule or ft-lbs, the IPSC-factor or the MIP (a german energy-factor for practitcal pistol) after the input of bullet weight (gram or grain) and muzzle-velocity. (m/sek or ft/sek) After the input of the bullet-diameter Projektil 2 shows the thicknes of steel, a spizer fmj-bullet of the given size and energy would just penetrate.
Excel based Gavre and Monte Carlo calculators. The VBA source code in the Excel 3DOF / R.L. McCoy CFD based trajectory model includes an ODE engine based on a Bulirsch-Stoer variable step length numerical integration method for rational functions.
tkBallistic is a Unix-based ballistic calculator written entirely in Python with use of the Tkinter package.
JBM – Downloads
A number of useful small ballistics software programs.
Web Based Free Ballistics Software
On this web site, you will be able to compare weapons, cartridges, targets, and atmospheric conditions. As many as 8 loads can be compared graphically at any one time. Changes can be made to existing loads, or new loads can be created and saved for later retrieval.
Advanced Ballistics Calculator
Renegade Rifle Ballistics
Trajectory English Units
Trajectory Metric Units
Ballistic Coefficient Metric Units
Muzzle Energy Calculator/Graph Builder
Calculator that builds a graph by calculated bullet muzzle energy using the bullet mass and the velocity. You also can enter several bullet masses and draw the comparison graphs, just in case if you want to visualize different loads this way.
Power Factor Calculator/Graph Builder
Calculator that builds a graph by calculated bullet power factor using the bullet mass and the velocity. You also can enter several bullet masses and draw the comparison graphs, just in case if you want to visualize different loads this way.
Recoil Energy, Impulse and Velocity Calculator
Calculate Recoil energy, impulse and gun free velocity by the bullet, gun and powder charge masses and muzzle velocity. Gunpowder type (blackpowder or smokeless) also accounted. Both UOM systems: English and Metric are supported, including value conversions.
Shotgun Recoil Energy, Impulse and Velocity Calculator
Calculates Shotgun Recoil energy, impulse and gun free velocity by the bullet, wad, gun and powder charge masses and muzzle velocity. Both UOM systems: English and Metric are supported, including value conversions.
Norma Ballistics Calculator
Online ballistics calculator with charts, selectable by cartridge and bullet.
Commercial Ballistics Software
A combination of a user friendly exterior ballistics package and training software for hunters, snipers, target shooters, plinkers, and GI’s. Generate precise data for your loads in your firearms. Then use that same data to learn hold over, wind compensation, lead, and up/down hill firing effects by ‘firing’ at a variety of target images with randomized conditions.
CompCalc, a program for handheld devices to utilize trajectory data from the BalCal 6.2 program. The user enters his specific range, wind, up/down firing angle, and target speed. CompCalc then interpolates hold over, wind compensation, and lead amounts in inches, clicks, and mil dots. In the field! In seconds! (requires BalCal 6.2 above)
Books on Ballistics and Ammunition
Stopping Power: A Practical Analysis of the Latest Handgun Ammunition
Evan Marshall and Ed Sanow rocked the firearms world with the release of Handgun Stopping Power and Street Stoppers. Both books predicted the effectiveness of all types of ammunition by studying the results of real-life shootings rather than relying on laboratory tests that ignored the dynamics of an actual gunfight. This third book in the series provides the very latest street results of all the major handgun calibers, from .22 LR to .45 ACP, as well as popular rifle and shotgun loads. It also contains chapters on short-barrel ballistics, the emergence of the hot new .357 SIG caliber, the continued success of the .40 S&W, the development of the latest exotic ammo, the effectiveness of black powder firearms and a brand-new ammo test protocol based on the results of the many gunfights of U.S. Border Patrol officers.
Handgun Stopping Power : The Definitive Study
Dramatic first-hand accounts of the results of handgun rounds fired into criminals by cops, storeowners, cabbies and others are the heart and soul of this long-awaited book. This is the definitive methodology for predicting the stopping power of handgun loads, the first to take into account what really happens when a bullet meets a man.
Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition
Written by the nation’s foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition provides critical information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, bang guns, rifles, and shotguns. The final chapters explain autopsy technique and procedure and laboratory analysis relating to weapons and gunshot evidence.
Frangible Ammunition: The New Wave in Firearms Ammunition
Frangible Ammunition represents the first viable revolutionary change to firearms science in the past 100 years! A polymer-compound round that produces no splashback and vastly decreased ricochets, frangible ammo is ideal for marksmanship training for both indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical team training, close-in engagement of metal targets and specialized service use. As such, it is the safest full-power training ammo for police and military shooters, civilian range owners and casual shooters. Despite its widespread acceptance, however, there has been no in-depth study of this cutting-edge round . . . until now. This book remedies that by teaching the potential user what a frangible round is, what they can and cannot be used for, how to construct safe training devices and facilities and the proper street and service uses for the round.
Cartridges of the World (Cartridges of the World)
This benchmark volume is the foremost source for cartridge information. Hunters, target shooters, military history buffs, ammunition reloaders and cartridge collectors alike will find all the answers to their cartridge and shotshell questions in this comprehensive book that includes 1,500+ cartridges.
This reference book includes detailed photos, dimensional drawings and loading data. Descriptions of obsolete American cartridges tell the tale of ammunition used by settlers, cowboys and outlaws during the nation’s westward expansion, and offer insights into unusual rounds that never caught on. Hunters and shooters can improve their success with the useful ballistics tables.
Handloader’s Digest: The World’s Greatest Handloading Book (Handloader’s Digest, 18th ed)
Handloaders are meticulous hobbyists who constantly search for better loads, components, and the tools to assemble cartridges. They expect the best from their components and tools, and this updated digest is an assemblage of authoritative articles discussing various facets of the reloading hobby. New indepth articles from expert writers cover casting bullets, working handloads, choosing the right components for the job, new techniques, ballistics, reloading safety, and much more. Enthusiasts will gain insight into new reloading trends, as well as available equipment and accessories from major manufacturers. Extensive and valuable reference information includes listings of all handloading periodicals and books, plus directories of products and manufacturers.
ABC’s of Reloading (ABC’s of Reloading)
Starting with the basics, this guide leads the reader through the process of reloading with ease. Perfect for beginners and a great refresher for experienced reloaders, the book first discusses all the necessary tools and accessories needed to get started, then goes through step-by-step instructions and safety tips for loading your own metallic cartridges and shotshells. Helpful illustrations guide readers through each step and make the process easy to understand. The ABC’s of Reloading covers all aspects of the hobby, from benchrest loading techniques, to ballistic software, to competition and hunting loads and more. It also includes a comprehensive directory of reloading manufacturers. The guide carefully pieces together steps and techniques for reloading into an understandable process, outlining the basic procedures and providing information on cartridge cases, primers, powders, bullets, equipment and much more, putting beginners on the road to becoming experts!
Metallic Cartridge Reloading
Gun Digest Book of Handgun Reloading
Reloading for Shotgunners (Reloading for Shotgunners)
The Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy: A Handbook for Those Who Seek the Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy; Whether It Be for Competition, Testing, or Hunting
Ammo and Ballistics
All you ever needed to know about ammunition has finally been collected in one volume!
Understanding Firearm Ballistics
The original text of Understanding Ballistics has been edited, improved, & expanded with up-to-date information. Throughout are more formulas, detailed explainations & examples, more draawings, charts, and technical details explaining basic to advanced firearm ballistics, in a simplified and easy to follow style. This is the newest edition of the bible of the shooting sports. A must for all police officers, hunters, target shooters, handloaders, whether begineer or expert. This book is a “gotta have.”
The Hunter’s Guide to Ballistics: Practical Advice on How to Choose Guns and Loads, and Use them Effectively
Now for the first time, here is a book written specifically for hunters about the guns and loads that they use. In this complete and fully illustrated digest, you’ll read about such diverse topics as: how to improve your long-range shooting; how to shoot accurately in winds of any speed or direction; how to solve the problems associated with shooting up and down hills; what causes mirage and how to read it; why some bullets shoot tighter groups farther away; how gunpowder is made; why bullets that move left also rise; which cartridges are suitable for everything plus comprehensive ballistics tables.
Modern Sporting Rifle Cartridges
Ammo and Ballistics II
Shotshells and Ballistics
There is a bewildering array of commercially loaded shotgun shells for sale, from the .410 to the 10-gauge. In fact, there are more types of shells and shot sizes on the market now than ever before. With the overwhelming selection of shells available, here, finally, is a practical, reasonably priced book that makes sense of it all. It lists commercially available shotshell loads from the .410-bore to the 10-gauge, in all shot sizes available, different shot types (lead, steel, bismuth, tungsten, and others) so that the shooter or hunter can quickly find what will be best for the gun he has and the game or targets he wants to shoot. Each shotgun shell with each loading has its own table–over 1,600 tables!!–showing shot size; weight of shot; recoil; average number of pellets in the shell; manufacturer’s order number; shell length and type of hull; type of wad; and whether the shot is buffered or not. In addition, each table contains data that details velocity (in 10-yard intervals from 0 to 70 yards); average pellet energy; and time of flight in seconds. This book includes complete ballistic tables for every hull length and every shot-size load made from the following manufacturers: Aguila Ammunition, Armscor, ARMUSA, Baschieri & Pellagri, Bismuth Cartridge Company, Brenneke, Clever s.r.l., Dionisi, Eley Hawk, Estate Cartridge Company, Federal, Fiocchi, Gamebore, Hevi-Shot (now loaded exclusively by Remington), Kent, Lightfield, PMC, Polywad, Remington, RIO, RST, Sellier & Bellot, and Winchester. In addition, this informative reference contains authoritative articles on the history and development of shotshells and the components and technical data that govern the production of shotshells. Never before has so much information on shotshells and ballistics been placed in a single book. Accentuated with photos from the field and the range, this is a reference book unlike any other.