Originally Posted by Chas1
Roy, tell us the what and how.
What and how are pretty much explained among the posts.
I had been seeing it for a lot of years but only noticed some kind of a brief weird distortion in the field of view. I was habitually concentrating on spotting the hit in the dirt or what ever.
When shooting with my son one day he mentioned that he was seeing the entire bullet path. I thought he was nuts. After explaining it to me, and I as usual saw only the brief ripple in the field of view I watched again and kind of broadened my focus I saw the initial ripple and the subsequent bullet path.
This was on a bright sunny typical Idaho summer afternoon. Humidity is usually in the teens.
Try it in the mountains shooting through a fog/cloud and you'll find yourself doing contortions like a bowler to try to influence the bullet to the target.
Some times we get so used to seeing what we usually see that we don't see all that is there.
However, I've never seen a bullet trail from the rifle that I was shooting. Always as an observer and then not all the time.