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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