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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

Steve the Cynic

".50 cal near misses ripping limbs off is total bullshit and an urban legend."

Indeed, but it has its origins in a phenomenon called "hydrostatic shock", where on an apparently "non-vital" hit in one part of the body, the shock of the impact travels through the body causing injuries in other parts of the body.

Of course, this, too, may be a myth, but it's a lot more believable than the sonic boom shockwave tearing parts off.

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