About ten grammes of metal, travelling at around four-hundred metres per second (mach 1.2) has just imparted all or most of its kinetic energy to an initial impact-area of nine millimetres diameter…
It's just a flesh wound. Dig the bullet out, couple of stitches, slap a bandage on it, take two aspirins and have the afternoon off. You'll be swinging punches and sprinting after bad guys by tomorrow lunch-time. No worries. What's that? It's an important case and you can't take the afternoon off? Okay, take three aspirins, but for God's sake let your partner drive.
Oh and while I'm on the subject, here's a handy diagram of the upper part of the human skeleton.
Take a good look at the shoulders—where "only a flesh wound" seems to occur most commonly, for some reason known only to authors and film-writers. Now find me a route through that little lot which would result in "only a flesh wound."
Sod the frickin' flesh wound. Isn't it about time this cliché was put up against a wall and shot through the head?
[Image source: University of the Western Cape, Cape Town]
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