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Old March 30, 2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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Plausable or not?

I wasn't really sure where to put this (possibly very dumb) question but here in the relaoding forum seemed like the best place.

I recently watched Jaws 2 and there is a scene where Chief Brody fills in hollow point bullets with cyanide. This got me wondering if something like that would even be possible or was simply a movie gimick.
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Old March 30, 2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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SINCE WHEN HAS ANY KNUCKLEHEAD MAKING A MOVIE known anything about guns and portrayed same in a knowledgable manner ??
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Old March 30, 2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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Could be wrong, but, I thought it was mercury or quick silver. I have seen this done in several shows and always believed it was to make the bullet fully expand faster. But it is hollywierd so who knows
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Old March 30, 2013, 07:05 PM   #4
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Pretty much a movie gimmick. There's no way a dose of cyanide that would be lethal to a great white shark would fit in the cavity of a hollowpoint bullet.
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Old March 30, 2013, 07:23 PM   #5
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Considering cyanide's mechanisms for being deadly, I would think that shooting it into a wound where it would quickly be swept back out of the body by blood flow would be the least effective way of killing with it. Certainly, I would not expect it to be absorbed well from a wound channel. Injection by needle, inhalation, ingestion and maybe even transdermal absorption would seem to be more effective than injection by bullet.

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A good topic for the Mythbusters TV show to explore.

Especially if the episode requires Kari Byron to be in a swimsuit.
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Old March 30, 2013, 09:30 PM   #7
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I met some Cajun bow hunters who had a dose of some sort of drug on the shaft of their arrows, that released upon entering the skin. They claimed it made up for a bad shot. In their defense they were the best blood trackers I had ever seen. I learned alot from watching them.
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Old March 30, 2013, 09:37 PM   #8
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If I remember correctly, he was covering the cyanide with candle wax? My thougts are the wax would disintegrate in flight and release the cyanide long before impact.
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Old March 30, 2013, 10:58 PM   #9
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From a previous thread on this topic:
Originally Posted by shield20 View Post
Jaws 2 - Sodium Cyanide

From the screenplay avilable on line:

"ON HIS DESK is a photograph. He's smiling, shaking hands with Matt Hooper.
And a plaque: "Martin Brody, Amity Man of the Year, 1975."
Beyond the desk is the sea. A storm is coming. He unlocks
a drawer and takes out: a box of .38 caliber hollow-point
bullets, a twenty-five cc vial of sodium cyanide, and a dispos-
able plastic syringe. From a cupboard in the dining room he
gets a red candle. He turns the desk lamp on, opens the box
of bullets. Carefully, one by one, he stands them on end.
So, yes, in the movie, it was cyanide.

That said, individual possession of sodium cyanide is against the law, and discussion of illegal activities is against TFL policy.

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