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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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You know, whenever I think of Usenet, and who writes in some of the news groups, I have to wonder why they haven't caught on as an information source the same way as these blogs have. Certainly, differences exist in what the two can do, but Usenet has a long tradition of having some highly intelligent news groups where respected authors take part. Seeing who the great posts get almost no coverage anywhere, I thought I'd point out what I consider the best I've seen posted in 2005. I've yet to name what I'll call this award, but I'm thinking I should adopt the KISS principal, and simply call it Typewriter's Annual Usenet Award, or maybe nickname it the UseType. Very well, the first UseType goes to author Tom Clancy, posting in alt.books.tom-clancy.

To be honest, I'm not even sure the post comes from 2005, because I lost track of where it is, but know it came from his Usenet account, because I copied it to a word document from there. Since I can't find the link, I'll have to post the whole thing.
Mr. Clancy, I consider this an excerpt because I'm not reproducing the whole discussion thread.

But if you're going to carry a gun, stopping power is important.
So says Mr. McCall. But he is mistaken. “Stopping power” is a myth.
Death happens when the brain ceases to function. That can happen due to
physical disruption or more frequently through oxygen deprivation.
A knitting needle in the skull will be immediately fatal. So will a
.22LR—this round actually kills more than any other due to its
ubiquity—which is why John Kelly used it in WITHOUT REMORSE. They’re also
easily suppressed, but they have superior penetrating power to a .45ACP due to
their cross-sectional density.
In the 1980s, the FBI undertook a program to determine how bullets kill people.
This happened because of the Platt-Mattix shootout in Miami in April, 1986, in
which two FBI Special Agents, Ben Grogan and Jerry Dove, were killed by two
very well prepared bad guys (who did not survive the event). Platt, the
principal bad-guy shooter sustained a non-survivable wound from Jerry Dove’s
S&W 9mm automatic, but lived long enough to kill both Dove and Grogan before he
was killed by a shot to the head from Special Agent Edmundo Mireles (who had
sustained a massive wound to hie left forearm in the engagement), along with
his friend, Mattix. The way all this happened is very different from the ABC TV
movie made of the event. The FBI made a training tape of the shootout, starring
my friend, Pat, who is the “real“ Pat O’Day in my books, and a pistol
shot—and pistol instructor—of note, playing the role of Mattix. You would
not believe how this one played out, but reality ain’t the movies.
The FBI Study determined that penetration is the most important factor in
wounding and killing a human target. They also determined that since you want
to deprive the brain of oxygen, the more you make the target bleed, the quicker
he will be incapacitated (the term they use, as it’s preferable to
“killed”). The final score is simple. Sam Colt was right all along: a
large-diameter, heavy, and slow bullet will kill more effectively that a fast
light bullet. The 1873 .45 Colt cartridge remains the best man-stopper of all
time. The .44 S&W Magnum is no more effective that the .44 S&W Special, which
is its antecedent. They both drill the same diameter hole, and go all the way
through the target in most cases. The bigger the hole, the faster he bleeds
out, and the heavier the bullet, the farther it penetrates, causing more
By contrast, a small, light, high-speed bullet expands too quickly, and
consequently does not penetrate deeply enough to cause significant damage,
which is precisely why Jerry Dove died, after delivering what should have been
a rapidly fatal shot with his S&W automatic. Bad luck for him, his wife, and
his kids.
All of this resulted in the 10mm S&W cartridge, and its shorter cousin, the .40
S&W. The two cartridges are ballistic ally {sic} identical on the target. .45 is
better, but the 10/.40 allow one additional round in the magazine. They both
deliver a 185-grain bullet at (just) subsonic speed, which is ideal, based on
experimental testing.
Nearly everything you see on TV and in the movies about shootouts is false. The
most common reaction to being shot it—no reaction at all. No cartridge, rifle
or pistol, causes people to recoil backwards with the projectile. Shock is
either a total falsehood, or idiosyncratic to the target himself. A pistol
round drills holes. That’s all. It does not transfer energy to any
significant degree. “Temporary cavity” is also a myth. Tissue displaced
radially {sic} from the bullet’s path travels at 1/10th the velocity of the
projectile, and human tissue (exceptions, brain and liver) is inherently
flexible and remarkably resilient. Many “experts” on TV say otherwise. They
are mistaken. I have the FBI study on this issue on my computer, and their
panel of experts include experienced meatball surgeons who’ve conducted
voluminous tests on ballistic geletin, {sic} and the occasional goat.
A man-stopper can be a knitting needle if it’s in the brain case, or any
bullet that makes it there as well. But the head is a small target, and cops
are trained to shot for center-of-mass, meaning the chest, which includes the
heart, lungs, and a lot of major blood vessels. But the human brain can
function for over 30 seconds without oxygen. Various illegal drugs can
accentuate this fact by the counteraction of pain from any wound. So can
adrenelin. {sic} (Misspelled that, oops.) The human body is designed (by God, I
assume) to sustain serious damage and survive. Firearms can cause a lot of
damage without causing rapid incapacitation. Nobody will die quickly from a
shot in the guts, even if the descending aorta is lacerated. It takes time to
bleed to death. “Two in the body,” so the saying goes, “one in the head,
always leaves the target dead.“ That’s how Kelly did it in WITHOUT REMORSE.
(I had three FBI pals coaching me on perfect murders for that effort. You
didn’t think I knew all that myself, did you? I had to learn it. One of
them—call him Bill—is a genius cop who said later that I made Emmet Ryan
too smart for a local cop, but that there are a few like him out there.
Another, the “real” Dan Murray told me that if Kelly had kept his mouth
shut, he could never have been successfully prosecuted. I really goofed on
Anyway, “man-stopper“ is something grossly misunderstood even by otherwise
smart people, like Fred McCall. As Pat tells me, “Anything worth shooting is
worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap. Life is expensive.” You keep
shooting until the target is neutralized. All the way dead. Otherwise, why were
you shooting at him in the first place? It’s simple stuff when you think
about it.
You use a heavy, slow bullet into the target’s center of mass, and you keep
shooting until he is no longer a threat. Lire {sic} isn’t TV or the movies.
Success will ruin your life.

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