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Old May 11, 2005, 03:40 PM   #20
bclark1
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people's involuntary reactions to being shot are what cause them to fall. i don't think there's many people who can (knowingly) take a gunshot wound and not jerk or jump away to try to avoid further incoming projectiles. see the math earlier in the thread. i can't think of any "bullet" that would knock somebody down. a big bullet will leave a big hole, that's all. even a hit in the vest where the energy is distributed to be more like a stiff punch to the chest won't have said momentum to knock somebody over. a shotgun might do it, but as you get into rifles that have the kind of recoil that's comparable to a heavy magnum shotgun load, it's going to be impossible not to overpenetrate.
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