On only a couple of occasions have I seen shot in the air -- not just the wad, or a disturbance -- but the actual pellets. Both times the shot looked copper-red in color although I don't know why. The first time I was hunting, and saw a friend's pattern blast by a rooster pheasant, which crumpled in the air. The second was at my gun club, watching high school kids shoot trap. It was fascinating, and I wish could see shot all the time.