Bob McCoy was a distinguished ballistician who worked at the
U. S. Army Ballistics Research Lab for almost 30-years doing
theoretical and experimental work on everything from .22 bullets
to large cannon shells. Over the years you may have read some
of his articles in Precision
Shooting, Very High
Power and other gun magazines. During his career he
received three of the government’s highest civilian awards,
served on the U. S. Olympic Shooting Sports Research Council,
and finally passed on his knowledge to the shooting fraternity
by writing “Modern Exterior Ballistics.”
“Modern Exterior Ballistics” is a technical book, largely
aimed at professionals with a technical background. However,
Bob was a committed shooter. Therefore large parts of the book
are accessible to amateurs, and many of the results are simple
enough for a scientific hand calculator. In particular there
are some beautiful photographs of bullets in flight.
Unfortunately, Bob didn’t have much time to enjoy his achievements.
He signed the Preface to “Modern Exterior Ballistics”
on March 1998 and died April 29, 1998 before his book was published.
Bob’s many friends included a dedication in the published work,
and continue to honor Bob by watching over his final work. Bob’s
friends have compiled a 20 page document of corrections that
they are making available on-line.
The corrections are in a PDF file. If you click on the link
below, many browsers will just open the file, as they recognize
this standard format. Be patient, it may take a minute or two
for the first page to display. If you would rather download
the file, try clicking the RIGHT mouse button on the link and
then select Save Link as..., or Save Target as... from the popup
menu. Here’s the Link:
Corrections to “Modern Exterior Ballistics”
The corrections are a copyrighted work in themselves
and cannot be posted on-line or published without the written
permission of Donald G. Miller, Livermore, CA. It’s Don’s and
Bob's friends' intention to freely provide these corrections
to individuals who have purchased “Modern Exterior Ballistics,”
while insuring that the correction document can be further updated
if needed. To do that, Don needs to know who’s hosting the corrections.
If you want to provide these corrections from a web site, just
link to this page. If that’s not practical, e-mail us and we’ll
forward your request to Don.
If needed, you can download the free Acrobat
Reader to open the PDF file.