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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

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  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.

  6. Chris Says:

    Meh. Each of our explanations assume a random distribution and we both know that’s practically just not true. Shots are going to be far more densely populated around the target – which is where the gun will likely be. Practically, I think we’ve all experienced, while target shooting, bullets that pass through other bullet holes. Are those one in a billion shots? Of course not.

    Additionally, the officer clearly wasn’t intending to disable the suspects gun by shooting down the barrel. It wasn’t a one in a billion shot; it was dumb luck.

  7. Chris Says:

    Related to the conversation…

    Ultimately, statistics are whatever you make of them. Sensational headlines get clicks.

  8. Will Says:

    Gunfight investigators have noted the likelihood of the gun hand and/or the gun itself being hit in a shootout. If hit, often the gun is disabled in some fashion. The hand itself seems to be hit more often than the gun, which is why they recommend learning to shoot with your offhand, and occasionally practicing it.

    This situation is more likely to happen to cops, as they are more often engaging dedicated opponents, as opposed to the typical “chase off a robber” scenario.

    You have a spare hand. Do you carry a spare gun? Most cops do these days, it seems. Some have it mandated and the gun issued.