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Yes, it’s from 2016 but it’s new to me: Deputy fires “one in a billion” shot into suspect’s gun barrel

Posted in uncategorized on October 23rd, 2019
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5 Responses to “Impressive”

  1. Quirel Says:

    Hey, thanks! I’ve been looking for this story for the better part of a year now. Sad to see that the primary article has been taken off the net, though.

  2. Chris Says:

    Cool story but I’m put off whenever I see exaggerated statistics in headlines. I *hope* that it’s hyperbole rather than ignorance but, assuming a random distribution of .355 inch squares over a 6 foot square target, the likelihood of striking the muzzle of a gun pointed at you is faaaar less than “one in a billion”.

  3. WallPhone Says:

    There was a similar, but slightly less impressive, scenario out of Omaha. A competitive shooter was trying to buy ice cream from Walgreens, but instead was compelled to put one of his rounds down a robber’s shotgun barrel.

  4. Lyle Says:

    Interesting. I’d assume a reasonable likelihood that such an impact on the front of a pistol cartridge, contained in the chamber, with the resultant compression heating, could ignite the primer.

    Maybe there’s another one for MythBusters.

  5. Quirel Says:

    Chris, I’d assume that it’s a lot harder than just hitting a .355 inch square bullseye on a 6 foot square target. You have to hit the bullseye square, and no clipping the edges.

    If I recall correctly, the deputy was armed with a nine mill, and the criminal was armed with a .40 S&W. If we are generous and assume that there’s a two millimeter wide fudge factor that lets a nine millimeter bullet drop down a ten millimeter tube, that’s a four square millimeter sweet spot in a target of about 3,344,509 square millimeters.

    In other words, nearly a one-in-a-million shot. It probably gets bumped to nearly a one-in-a-billion shot when both pistols have to be pointed almost directly at each other.

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