Gathering together Hollywood gun myths?


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GuyWithQuestions
January 26, 2008, 03:27 AM
The other day I was talking to a guy who has a concealed firearms permit and I brought up how in the movies they show people being jerked way back after being shot with a handgun. I pointed out that many sources say that that's just Hollywood because the law of physics says that for every reaction there's an opposite and equal reaction and so the force hitting the person being shot is no greater than the recoil on the gun that's doing the shooting. The concealed permit holder that I was talking to laughed out loud and said, "Some people actually say that?" LOL "Hmmm, quite amusing. Actually what happens is the recoil is absorbed when the muzzle flips in the air and so instead people really do get pushed away when shot with handguns and it doesn't equal how much the gun pushes on the shooters hand. It's like when you roll on the floor to absorb the impact of falling. The same thing happens with the muzzle flip." I'm not sure if that's all true because the FBI in "Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness" says that a bullet cannot knock someone down and this has been known for hundreds of years. The FBI article says that with the law of physics, the shooter and the person being shot have the same amount of force applied against them and the force hitting the person who's shot is equivalent to getting hit with a baseball. I guess some other myths are there almost always being one shot incapacitation, where in the movies people almost instantly fall to the ground when shot with a handgun, no matter where they are actually shot.

So I was wanting for education's sake to gather together all of the firearm myths that are promoted by the movies. What are the common ones that you know of?

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Chipperman
January 26, 2008, 08:49 AM
Mythbusters has done a lot of firearms myths.

Look here: http://mythbustersresults.com/

Blackbeard
January 26, 2008, 10:22 AM
My pet peeve is when the Foley artists insert the sound of a hammer cocking when someone points a striker-fired pistol at someone. It's standard Hollywood formula:

A points gun at B from a hipshooting position
They talk for a while
B says something A doesn't like
A cocks the hammer and points the gun at B's head
B now knows A is serious and confesses something

Very dramatic, but utterly ridiculous. If they're going to be that formulaic, at least use prop guns that have hammers.

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