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29th Nov '17 12:50:12 AM morane
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** In RealLife, hitting an arrow already stuck on target is called either "robinhooding" or "telescoping". It ''does'' happen, but it is ''extremely'' difficult to attain intentionally. It invariably leads into destruction of the nock of the first arrow. Splitting a wooden arrow, however, is impossible as the wood will split along the grain: splitting a bamboo arrow ''is'' perfectly possible.
29th Nov '17 12:45:35 AM morane
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* Speaking of warships, The infamous ''Bismarck'' sank the battlecruiser HMS ''Hood'' [[GlassCannon (basically a battleship with cruiser's speed and armor]] with a 15-inch shell plunging in from over 20,000 yards away - that's ''over'' 11 miles. This all happened in less than ten minutes into the battle.

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* Speaking of warships, The the infamous ''Bismarck'' sank the battlecruiser HMS ''Hood'' [[GlassCannon (basically a battleship with cruiser's speed and armor]] with a 15-inch shell plunging in from over 20,000 yards 7.8 nautical miles away - that's ''over'' 11 miles. (over 15 kilometres). This all happened in less than ten minutes into the battle.battle.
** And it was HMS ''Hood'' which opened the battle - at 24,200 m. [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/090102_PoW_gunnery_plot.png Here]] is the gunnery plotting diagram of HMS ''Prince of Wales''.
12th Nov '17 12:49:35 AM Kalmbach
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* In another vehicle example, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII during the Battle of the Surigao Straight]] the battleship USS West Virginia achieved hits on her Japanese opponent Yamashiro with her first salvo. This is impressive enough on its own, but the battleship achieved this ''at night'', at a range of 22,600 yards, which is almost ''thirteen miles away''. Needless to say, the aging Japanese battleship didn't last long.
* Speaking of warships, The infamous Bismarck sank the battlecruiser HMS Hood [[GlassCannon (basically a battleship with cruiser's speed and armor]] with a 15-inch shell plunging in from over 20,000 yards away - that's ''over'' 11 miles. This all happened in less than ten minutes into the battle.
** In a related vein, three battlecrusiers - HMS Indefatigable, HMS Queen Mary, HMS Invincible - were lost at Jutland. The first two were lost in ''less than half an hour'' of each other at close range.

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* In another vehicle example, [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII during the Battle of the Surigao Straight]] the battleship USS West Virginia ''West Virginia'' achieved hits on her Japanese opponent Yamashiro ''Yamashiro'' with her first salvo. This is impressive enough on its own, but the battleship achieved this ''at night'', at a range of 22,600 yards, which is almost ''thirteen miles away''. Needless to say, the aging Japanese battleship didn't last long.
* Speaking of warships, The infamous Bismarck ''Bismarck'' sank the battlecruiser HMS Hood ''Hood'' [[GlassCannon (basically a battleship with cruiser's speed and armor]] with a 15-inch shell plunging in from over 20,000 yards away - that's ''over'' 11 miles. This all happened in less than ten minutes into the battle.
** In a related vein, three battlecrusiers - HMS Indefatigable, ''Indefatigable'', HMS Queen Mary, ''Queen Mary'', HMS Invincible ''[[TemptingFate Invincible]]'' - were lost at Jutland. The first two were lost in ''less than half an hour'' of each other at close range.
12th Nov '17 12:37:05 AM Kalmbach
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* A famous example on the reverse side of this: Union General John Sedgwick, at the start of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in July 1864, complained as his staff and artillery ducked for cover from snipers about 1000 yards away, "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Seconds later, he was killed by a bullet just below his left eye. And thus, the SedgewickSpeech was born.

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* A famous example on the reverse side of this: Union General John Sedgwick, at the start of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in July 1864, complained as his staff and artillery ducked for cover from snipers about 1000 yards away, "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Seconds later, he was killed by a bullet just below his left eye. And thus, the SedgewickSpeech SedgwickSpeech was born.
12th Nov '17 12:32:29 AM Kalmbach
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff4XuPtAOUk SWAT officer Mike Plumb shoots a gun out of a suicidal man's hand]]--without hurting the man (please ignore the voiceover; the narrator has no idea what's going on). Not that shooting guns out of a person's hand can't be done, but it's just too AwesomeButImpractical to use. This particular shot occurred at about 60 yards, which is extremely close range for a sniper rifle, though the size of the revolver being shot at means it wasn't exactly easy at that range either.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff4XuPtAOUk SWAT officer Mike Plumb shoots a gun out of a suicidal man's hand]]--without hurting the man (please ignore the voiceover; the narrator has no idea what's going on). Not that [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands shooting guns out of a person's hand hand]] can't be done, but it's just too AwesomeButImpractical to use. This particular shot occurred at about 60 yards, which is extremely close range for a sniper rifle, though the size of the revolver being shot at means it wasn't exactly easy at that range either.
7th Nov '17 4:25:15 PM TheCuza
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*** Another one features an archer who was famous for never missing a shot fire an arrow at a daedra, who teleports back to Oblivion before it hits, causing the arrow to miss and stick into a tree. Because he missed a shot, the archer loses his fame and dies alone and forgotten, never firing a shot again out of shame; while the daedra becomes somewhat of a celebrity for dodging the arrow, gains worshippers, and has shrines built for him. One year later, he goes inside one of these shrines and the door ends up slamming shut on him, striking him in the back. He feels a sharp pain and looks back to see a rusty arrowhead sticking out of the door. The door was made with wood from the same tree from before. Looks like the archer's shot didn't miss after all!
3rd Nov '17 4:48:32 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** In ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', Sam Vimes's butler Willikins manages to hit a woman's broom from in the middle of a mob, without injuring the woman herself.

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** In ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', Sam Vimes's butler Willikins manages to hit a woman's broom from in the middle of a mob, without injuring the woman herself. It's noted that the crossbow used is so accurate and easy to use that the model is illegal and most of the production run was destroyed.
3rd Nov '17 4:38:47 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Quigley from ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder''. Partly justified by his being a marksman and his enemies being a little too into flashy quick draws and the like.

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* Quigley from ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder''. Partly justified by his being a marksman and his enemies being a little too into flashy quick draws and the like. Unlike most examples, he clearly takes his time to line up his shots and frequently exploits his range advantage.
18th Oct '17 5:59:09 PM Game_Fan
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._D._M._Bell WDM Bell]] was perhaps the most successful elephant hunter of all time and did so by relying on his extraordinary skill with a rifle. His favorite method of taking down elephants was to fire diagonally from behind the elephant through the ear into the brain with a small caliber rifle. This at a time when many insisted that only a [[{{BFG}} massive gun]] could possibly take down African big game. During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI he became a pilot and managed to shoot down a German plane with a single shot on account of the machinegun jamming immediately. Becomes HarsherinHindsight given the situation most African elephants are in now partially thanks to people like Bell.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._D._M._Bell WDM W. D. M. Bell]] was perhaps the most successful elephant hunter of all time (his fastidious notes documenting 1011 kills which [[HarsherInHindsight probably did a lot to put African elephants in their current situation]]) and did so entirely by relying on his extraordinary skill with a rifle. His favorite method of taking down elephants was to fire diagonally from behind the elephant through the ear into the brain with a small caliber rifle. This at [[note]]Mostly the .275 Rigby a time when many insisted cartridge that only a [[{{BFG}} massive gun]] could possibly take down African is now considered too small to be legal for hunting big game. game.[[/note]] During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI he became a pilot and managed to shoot down a German plane with a single shot on account of the machinegun jamming immediately. Becomes HarsherinHindsight given immediately.
** He was also known for trick shooting in his spare time. Sniping fish as they jumped out of
the situation most African elephants are water and small birds in now partially thanks to people like Bell.the air.
17th Oct '17 11:21:42 AM BeerBaron
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** Falmer archers in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' are neither better nor worse at archery than the other races, which is damned impressive, considering that they're all ''completely blind''.

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** Falmer archers in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' Skyrim]]'':
*** Falmer archers
are neither better nor worse at archery than the other races, which is damned impressive, considering that they're all ''completely blind''.''[[EyelessFace completely blind]]''.
*** In the ''Dawnguard'' DLC, you can read the opus of series' recurring character St. Jiub the Eradicator, who [[AscendedExtra rose to prominence]] after eradicating the [[TakeThatScrappy much reviled]] [[GoddamnBats Cliff Racers]] in Vvardenfell. While certainly not an ''impossible'' shot, his opus tells of one hunt where he hit a Cliff Racer at a great distance with his bow while being rocked back and forth atop his [[HorseOfADifferentColor Silt Strider]] during an Ash Storm.
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