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Is It Possible To Survive Three Rounds Fired From An M-16 To The Chest…Look Here To Find Out

The question was asked, if  whether or not someone could survive (and even run), after being hit 3 times in rapid succession by a 5.56mm round in the chest. The question these gentlemen from the Smithsonian are refferencing, is from a scene from the Oliver Stone film, “Platoon”. I am not going into detail the story line, instead focus on one scene in the first video below.

According to Wikipedia:

The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is a United States military adaptation of the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle. The original M16 was a selective fire, 5.56mm rifle with a detachable 20-round box magazine. In 1964, the M16 entered U.S. military service and the following year was deployed for jungle warfare operations during the Vietnam War. In 1969, the M16A1 replaced the M14 rifle to become the U.S. military’s standard service rifle.The M16A1 improvements include a bolt-assist, chrome plated bore and a new 30-round magazine.

In the jungle with no witnesses, SSG, Barnes (Tom Berenger) shoots Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe) three times in the chest and then blames it on the Viet Cong.

Using ballistics gel, experts in the video below, show what damage can be caused using the M-16, firing the 5.56mm ammunition.

There it is, though it may hurt like hell, and even knock the wind out of you (not to mention severe blood loss and tissue damage), according to the experts, it is “possible” to survive a wound of that nature. Myself, I would never want to put this theory to test on actual people. Being an old Army Medic, I’ve seen more than my share of trauma.

What do you think? I know there’s alot of my fellow veteran’s out there, sound-off in the comment section and let’s hear what you have to say.

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