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How Much Do You Know About Ballistics?
by Annette
Do you know about the science of projectiles? Basically, ballistics studies any kind of projectiles, but we mostly associate it with guns. In this quiz, we're going to test your knowledge of the way things fly!

Which projectile is most commonly associated with the study of ballistics?

  • Rock
  • Dirt
  • Bullet

The science of ballistics shows us the _____ of projectiles.

  • Path
  • Behavior
  • Both

The word "ballistics" is ____ in origin.

  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian

Ballistics is mainly known for its role in _____.

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Investigations and forensics

Does ballistics study the bullet's path through the barrel?

  • Yes
  • No

The _____ of gunpowder is what propels the bullet.

  • Explosion
  • Detonation
  • Both; they're the same thing

The distance a bullet travels depends on its _____.

  • Weight
  • Speed
  • Target

What is yaw?

  • A type of bullet
  • A type of gun
  • A twisting effect

A bullet is slowed by _____.

  • Resistance of the air
  • Gravity
  • Both

Which has a stronger firing chamber?

  • Rifle
  • Handgun

The gunpowder of a handgun would likely ____ the barrel of a rifle.

  • Muffle
  • Do just fine in
  • Blow up

When gunpowder is detonated, it does what?

  • Implodes
  • Crystalizes
  • Generates gas

Internal pressure pushes the _____ of a bullet.

  • Sides
  • Center
  • Base

A longer barrel produces a ____ bullet.

  • Faster
  • Slower

Does the shape of the bullet affect speed?

  • Of course
  • Not really

External ballistics studies what happens outside the _____.

  • Magazine
  • Trigger
  • Barrel

______ of a rifle causes a bullet to spin.

  • The type of gunpowder
  • The angle
  • The barrel

The core of a bullet is usually _____.

  • Copper
  • Just lead
  • A blend that includes lead

The core of a bullet is also often ____ .

  • Jacketed
  • Fractured
  • Aerated

What can medical examiners determine from tissue damage?

  • The motive
  • The type of bullet used
  • The future

Bullets are responsible for _____ .

  • Laceration
  • Cavitation
  • Both

Ballistics experts can determine which of these?

  • The type of firearm used
  • Where the gun was fired
  • How many bullets were fired
  • All of the above

Striations are like _______.

  • Stars in the sky
  • Fingerprints
  • Fruit

_____ ballistics refers to the study of projectiles when they reach their target.

  • Target
  • Terminal
  • Skeletal

Does a gunshot leave residue on the hands?

  • Yes
  • No

If someone allegedly‚Äč committed suicide with a gun, but there's no gunshot residue on their hands, then what?

  • It was still suicide
  • It was probably murder

Ballistics is a field of _____ .

  • Biology
  • Mechanics
  • Energy

A ballistic missile is guided by _____.

  • A brief initial powered phase
  • Classic mechanics
  • Both

The earliest known ballistics were _____.

  • Stones
  • Spears
  • Both

Is archery a form of ballistics?

  • Yes
  • No

The first gun was created where?

  • America
  • China
  • Europe

Anything that propels a projectile is called a projectile ______.

  • Expeller
  • Launcher
  • Thrower