A team member and i were discussing some thing today, and i figured some of the ballistics buff could streach they're mental muscles on this one. -Topic of discussion- WARNING SHOTS IN IRAQ He feels that we should do warning shots into the dirt in front of a vehicle, because you know where the round is going to go. I feel it is the exact opposite, because you never know where a ricochet is going to go, or at what speed. I feel that warning shots should be fired into the air, because you may not know where they go, but they will never reach a speed for their mass to inflict harm on someone. Heres the math.. first with the things we know..... there are 5280 feet in a mile 3600 seconds for an hour terminal, gravity induced velicity is 119mph so...the speed of a falling-nonpropelled round is 174.5fps and in a perfect vaccume, that speed would be reached in 5.41 feet, due to an accelleration rate of 32.2 feet per second per second ( in a perfect vaccume) a military issued bullet with 124 grains has a muzzle velocity of 1230.3fps or 838.8mph, just for comparison.