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Is the familiar "zinggggg" sound of a ricochet due to the spinning of a bullet from a rifled barrel? Do you get the same sound from a smooth-bore weapon?
Seems to me that a smooth-bore gun, firing either round shot or even cylindro-conical rounds (Minie balls) would smack off hard surfaces without the resonant, almost musical buzz of the stereotypical ricochet.
When young, I used to go out and shoot at a very large, smooth, gently inclined sheet of granite. Damned dangerous, and mighty stupid...but, wow, I could get some really great ricochet sounds!
This question occurred to me after listening to a recording of the gunfight at the end of Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean," where smoothbore flintlock pistols make the ricochet sound when the rounds (round rounds!) hit metal.
This is assuming that familiar sound is the result of spinning. Possibly the noise is made by the dent in the slug, caused by the impact, which then makes a high-pitched warble is air is rapidly forced across the spinning dent.
Is there a scientific source that describes this mechanism?
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When I was a kid, I noticed that rocks shot from a sling shot do the same thing. I guessed that the rock started spininging because of the collision, and that's what made the noise.
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