Point Blank Range Can Be Over 100 Yards

September 25, 2012 at 2:00 am 4 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

The phrase, “point blank range” is frequently used in tv shows and news reports to indicate a shot was fired within an short range (usually a few yards or meters).

While that usage is accurate, the phrase is rarely used to describe shots from further away that are still point blank range.

You see, Point Blank Range simply means: a distance at which the shooter does not need to compensate for gravity by adjusting the elevation of their weapon.

Due to the velocity of the projectiles, some weapons and ammunition have a point blank range of over 100 yards (91m). Due to recoil, some cannons can shoot over 1000 yards without elevation compensation; therefore they have a point blank range of over 1000 yards (914m).

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wendy  |  September 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

    So True! And here’s another way too…

  • 2. Alex Ball  |  September 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    so, in this case, what is technical point blank range for a 9mm handgun as usually used in tv shows and reported in the news?

  • 3. Alex Furlong (@RoombaWithAView)  |  August 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Umm… I’m going to have to see some citations on this definition of “point blank range”. This is certainly the first I’ve heard of this usage and without supporting evidence, I’m going to have to say “no”.

    • 4. Chad Upton  |  August 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      There is a link to the source at the bottom of the post.


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