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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

It’s Only a Flesh Wound. Sort of.

If you click through and then click through again, you’ll be treated to some not-terribly-graphic photos of a 5.56mm bullet sticking out of one unlucky man’s foot. Did you catch that? The bullet is sticking, pointy bit first, half way out the bottom of the guy’s foot.

Ouch. But sort of cool, too; that’s a great bar story, right there.

Some thoughts to add to Wadcutter’s musings on the deadly nature of falling bullets.

First, I would imagine that, except in an academic situation with controlled conditions, a bullet shot in the air would be very unlikely to have been fired truly vertical. There will almost always be enough of an angle on the shot to ensure that the bullet will be unstable at apogee. But, then, what the hell do I know about ballistics?

Second, as to whether the bullet would have had enough energy to penetrate a thick skull like mine, burrowing into decidedly squishier material below: from that photo, don’t imagine that I’ll be volunteering to test your theories.

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I guess it would seem cool to me, if there had not been several children killed that way. (this happened in my city, Philly)

on Oct 18 2006 @ 05:23 PM

Oh, God, no, there’s nothing cool about getting hit with a bullet that some bonehead fired up in the air to celebrate something or other. That’s not a good thing in any way shape or form.

The cool part is the chunk of metal sticking out of his foot. I’m a little strange about that, though. Back many years ago when I broke my wrists in a motorcycle accident, I had three pins stuck in my right arm. These were the kind of pins that were to be removed after my bones had healed, so they stuck out of my arm like these big, bent nails. I was fascinated by these things--couldn’t leave them alone.

It’s cool in that way. The cause remains completely and utterly wrong, though.

on Oct 18 2006 @ 05:26 PM
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