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A doctor's perspective on gunshot wounds - a must see! Puts many old-wives' tales to rest

 
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A doctor's perspective on gunshot wounds - a must see! Puts many old-wives' tales to rest
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This is really good. It puts several “old wives’ tales” to rest about gunshot wounds.

Here are some of the facts:

1) Human tissue is actually quite resilient to handgun rounds.
2) Getting shot with a hollow-point (versus a FMJ) can actually be what saves you – significantly less penetration.
3) Human skin gives you as much protection as four inches of muscle – skin is effective as body armor in a way.
4) Small people can more often survive a shot from something like a 556 because the bullet may exit the body before it starts to tumble. They can get shot – repeatedly – and keep fighting.
5) He shows a video of a guy that gets shot twice in the chest with a 9mm and the guy runs around unphased for a while. Then he sits down, then he gets back up and continues on. You can shoot someone repeatedly and there may be no apparent indications that you got hits.
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Re: A doctor's perspective on gunshot wounds - a must see! Puts many old-wives' tales to rest
I remember seeing statistics that .45 and .357 rounds have the highest instance of 1 shot dropping the target. Around 80% for each IIRC.

The argument in favor of higher caliber/weight/propulsion ammo is that presuming it doesn't overpenetrate, it dumps a large amount of inertia into the target. This is obviously in addition to the physiological and psychological component of being shot.
Overstand, this isn't a sermon from the hill, but a 'Trespassers Will Be Shot' Sign.

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