Is It Possible To Curve A Bullet?

Did you watch the movie Wanted? the assassins are taught how to "Curve Bullets", in order to hit their targets that are not in a direct line of sight.
I was wondering if this is just a fantasy or it actually can be done?

asked by Austin in Science | 4761 views | 08-02-2009 at 12:10 AM

The velocity is too great for it to just curve like that.

MythBusters did a segment on something like this, where they tried to alter the path of a bullet using magnets, but it didn't work if I recall correctly.

Bullets do not fly straight. They travel in a predictable ballistic arc but could not be curved in a controlled fashion.

answered by Peyton | 08-02-2009 at 12:11 AM

If the bullet is a long skinny projectile (like an American football), then it wants to travel the way it is pointing. If its initial velocity is not down the line it is pointing, then both the path of the projectile and the direction the projectile is pointing will adjust to find an equilibrium. This causes the path to bend towards the direction the projectile was pointing. It also causes the direction the object is pointing to turn towards the direction it is traveling.

This is why an American football that is thrown with a spiral always points the direction it is moving all the way through its arc.

Check out this video:

answered by Guest | 08-02-2009 at 12:14 AM

:D :D
It's possible in Hollywood

answered by Guest | 03-11-2010 at 08:28 PM

Yes it is possible, you just need a bit of luck.

answered by Guest | 06-02-2010 at 04:37 PM

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