## Ballistics: Theory and Design of Guns and AmmunitionEven the earliest weapon developers faced the need to understand how and why guns and ammunition work in order to improve their effectiveness. As weapons became more sophisticated, the field of ballistics naturally divided into three main areas of specialization: Reader-friendly in style and format, the book explains the fundamental physics, terminology, theory, engineering aspects, and design techniques for each area in gradually increasing detail and complexity. Starting with interior ballistics, the authors examine the analytical and computational tools used to predict a weapon’s behavior in terms of pressure, stress and velocity, demonstrating their applications in ammunition and weapons design. The book continues with coverage of exterior ballistics, exploring the physics behind trajectories, including linear and nonlinear aeroballistics. The final section focuses on the effects of projectile impact, including details on shock physics, shaped charges, penetration, fragmentation, and wound ballistics. Enhanced with insights drawn from the authors’ extensive experience in government laboratories, industry, and academia, |

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### Contents

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Chapter 3 Analytic and Computational Ballistics | 63 |

Chapter 4Ammunition Design Practice | 97 |

Chapter 5 Weapon Design Practice | 145 |

Exterior Ballistics | 167 |

Chapter 6 Introductory Concepts | 169 |

Chapter 7 Dynamic Review | 179 |

Chapter 13 Nonlinear Aeroballistics | 299 |

Terminal Ballistics | 307 |

Chapter 14 Introductory Concepts | 309 |

Chapter 15 Penetration Theories | 313 |

Chapter 16 Shock Physics | 353 |

Chapter 17 Introduction to Explosive Effects | 429 |

Chapter 18 Shaped Charges | 445 |

Chapter 19 Wound Ballistics | 467 |