Volume 27, Issue 3 (July 1982)
A Study of Shotgun Ricochet from Steel Surfaces
A study was conducted with a 12-gauge shotgun having a 508-mm (20-in.) cylinder-bored barrel firing 00 buckshot. This type of weapon and shot are commonly used by law enforcement agencies. Sheets and plates of steel were used as intermediate targets. A series of shots was fired at close range at angles of incidence below 35° Illustration board, a readily penetrable material, was used as a final target to record the shot pattern of the ricocheted shotgun pellets. The angles of incidence and of ricochet were determined trigonometrically for each round fired. The horizontal and the vertical dispersals of each shotgun pellet were also calculated. The results obtained are compared with those reported by McConnell et al for intermediate targets of concrete road surface material and concrete patio block.