So, as the games documentation cleary states that, everything is affected by gravity. Well, I was in the Apache the other day and landed on one of the buildings at a flag post and seated the gunner position. I fired off in the distance, and it appeared that there was no bullet drop at all. I sat there a good 10 minutes (not being useful to my teammates at all) just shooting and watching bullets. Asside from a bit of variation of in where the bullets left the barrel of the gun, it looked as if the bullets straightlined past the game's viewing distance. With any other gun/device, given enough distance, you can clearly see gravity take affect after some distance. Am I examining this wrong, or is there anything else that is does this?

  • Does the battlefield series use hitscan weapons? Commented Feb 24, 2012 at 23:14
  • I would guess that the helicopter gun is probably extremely powerful, thus there would not be a lot of bullet drop anyway, not unless you were shooting at the sun.
    – Emerica.
    Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 0:00
  • Well, like anything else, theres initial velocity vs mass vs wind resistance vs gravity. Assuming DICE takes all these things into consideration (big assumption, i know), I don't think the bullets are comming out much faster than say, the M98B, which has very noticeable bullet drop past 500m. Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 0:15
  • @RavenDreamer, I am not sure. Woulndn't know how to tell. Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 0:20
  • @hydroparadise See this question Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 0:44

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According to this page, the bullet-drop on gun-projectiles varies from gun-to-gun

Bullet drop is -15 m/s for all the weapons except for AS VAL and all sniper rifles (excluding SKS) its -9.81 m/s
Shotgun shells have their own drops which are mentioned at the chart.

I can't find any information about bullet-drop for vehicle projectiles, but it's not unreasonable to believe they also have separate drop-rates. I'll update this answer if I find more info.

Anecdotally, I can state with near certainty that the helicopter and AA projectile-drop-rates are much less than the other guns, possibly non-existent.

  • Im pretty certain that I witness bullet drop with the rocket pods. (if this counts as a bullet). The machinegun on a plane seems non existant. since the cross hairs always hit from a far distance.
    – IAmGroot
    Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 7:59
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    Rockets do count as projectiles, but the bullets dont seem to have any drop. Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 16:21

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