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16th Sep '17 9:26:00 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Sokka never misses with his boomerang, including once hitting a man dead in the forehead at extreme range from around a corner by clever use of it's arc.
16th Sep '17 11:11:23 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': [[http://guildedage.net/comic/chapter-3-page-10/ Byron is really good with those axes.]]
13th Sep '17 11:18:12 AM Silverblade2
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in Creator/TimBurton's Film/{{Batman}} hits the speeding Batwing...with a handgun with a 3 foot long barrel. In a similar vein, Batman manages to ''[[ThouShaltNotKill completely miss]]'' the Joker while strafing him with twin mounted machine guns earlier in the scene.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in Creator/TimBurton's Film/{{Batman}} hits the speeding Batwing...with a handgun with a 3 foot long barrel. In a similar vein, Batman manages to ''[[ThouShaltNotKill completely miss]]'' the Joker while strafing him with twin mounted machine guns earlier in the scene.
11th Sep '17 3:24:38 AM NNinja
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* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Agent Smith manages to shoot Morpheus's ankle though a wall. (A minute earlier, he missed Neo in a helicopter at short range, but at that point he was still thrown by Neo firing a minigun at ''them''.)
** Though that one ankle shot was ultimately irrelevant towards the resolution of the 'rescue Morpheus' plan, and was part of the [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy .0001% of shots fired in that scene that hit what they were aiming at.]]
6th Sep '17 2:53:08 PM Peteman
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* ''Series/WynonnaEarp'' had already deviated slightly from reality by depicting Doc Holliday as a supreme marksman, but its season 2 finale hit this trope hard when he managed to -- deliberately -- shoot a magic bullet that had just been fired from another gun with such precision that it split neatly in two ''and each half hit one of the two bad guys menacing the heroes''.

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* ''Series/WynonnaEarp'' had already deviated slightly from reality by depicting Doc Holliday as a supreme marksman, but its season 2 finale hit this trope hard when he managed to -- deliberately -- shoot a magic bullet that had just been fired from another gun with such precision that it split neatly in two ''and each half hit one of the two bad guys menacing the heroes''.
30th Aug '17 4:16:11 PM KaijuDirectorOO7
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*** But while talking about Spitfires, Canadian pilot Buzz Beurling became legendary flying out of Malta for his obscene skills in deflection and long-range shooting. Initially considered a braggart when he was flying out of England because his gun camera didn't record the hits he claimed he was making, it was later realized that he was so good at calculating trajectories of bullets and enemy planes that he'd fire ''before'' the aircraft came in view of the camera. Once he reached Malta, he had his mechanics remove tracer rounds from his ammunition because he didn't ''need'' them to know where his rounds were going (and so the enemy didn't know they were being shot at), and made the longest recorded kill with a Spitfire, taking down another plane at 800 yards.

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*** But while talking about Spitfires, Canadian pilot Buzz George Beurling became legendary flying out of Malta for his obscene skills in deflection and long-range shooting. Initially considered a braggart when he was flying out of England because his gun camera didn't record the hits he claimed he was making, it was later realized that he was so good at calculating trajectories of bullets and enemy planes that he'd fire ''before'' the aircraft came in view of the camera. Once he reached Malta, he had his mechanics remove tracer rounds from his ammunition because he didn't ''need'' them to know where his rounds were going (and so the enemy didn't know they were being shot at), and made the longest recorded kill with a Spitfire, taking down another plane at 800 yards.



* 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. In his defense, the shooter was closer than "they" were.

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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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In his defense, the shooter was closer than "they" were.



* 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 Japanese battleship didn't last long.

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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. 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.
** Flashing back, during the Battle of Tsushima, four Russian battleships were sunk in less than a few minutes of each other.
*** Funnily enough, the Russians actually did manage to get a few hits in during the battle - compare this to the first and only time they had target practice. At that time, the skiff they used as a target didn't end up getting hit at all.
30th Aug '17 11:03:33 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* In the 17th century the kickass [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot soldier/scientist/artist/bucaneer]] Prince Rupert Of The Rhine shot a hole through a weathervane from 200 yards using a flintlock pistol. When King Charles I, who was watching, claimed it was a fluke, he did it again. The weathervane was still in place, with its two musket holes, 200 years later.

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* In the 17th century [[RenaissanceMan the kickass kickass]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot soldier/scientist/artist/bucaneer]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Rupert_of_the_Rhine Prince Rupert Of The Rhine of the Rhine]] shot a hole through a weathervane from 200 yards using a flintlock pistol. When his uncle King Charles I, who was watching, claimed it was a fluke, he Prince Rupert did it again. The weathervane was still in place, with its two musket holes, 200 years later.
26th Aug '17 10:21:43 AM Will
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* ''Series/WynonnaEarp'' had already deviated slightly from reality by depicting Doc Holliday as a supreme marksman, but its season 2 finale hit this trope hard when he managed to -- deliberately -- shoot a magic bullet that had just been fired from another gun with such precision that it split neatly in two ''and each half hit one of the two bad guys menacing the heroes''.
13th Aug '17 9:07:39 AM Sleeping_Beauty
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* Doctor Kaufmann, a ProfessionalKiller in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' claims to possess this, boasting that he could shoot James Bond from the other end of the room and make the bullet wound look like Bond had committed suicide. Bond outwits and kills him before he has a chance to demonstrate his technique.
** Kaufmann claims that his experience as a professor of forensic medicine is how he is able to make a far-away shot look like suicide. How that helps his hand-eye coordination is unclear, although, presumably, he could add powder burns after the fact.

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* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Francisco Scaramanga, the BigBad of ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' has his iconic Golden Gun chambered in a caliber of 4.2mm. A caliber that small (.165) has no stopping power to speak of unless you hit a vital point guaranteed to be an instant kill, which he ''always'' does.
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Doctor Kaufmann, a ProfessionalKiller in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' claims to possess this, boasting that he could shoot James Bond from the other end of the room and make the bullet wound look like Bond had committed suicide. Bond outwits and kills him before he has a chance to demonstrate his technique.
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technique. Kaufmann claims that his experience as a professor of forensic medicine is how he is able to make a far-away shot look like suicide. How that helps his hand-eye coordination is unclear, although, presumably, he could add powder burns after the fact.fact.
** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', during the final battle, [[spoiler: Bond manages to shoot down and destroy Blofeld's helicopter with only a few shots of his Walther PPK from a few hundred meters away, at night time from a moving boat]].



* In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', during the final battle, [[spoiler: Bond manages to shoot down and destroy Blofeld's helicopter with only a few shots of his Walther PPK from a few hundred meters away, at night time from a moving boat]].
7th Aug '17 5:33:24 PM LordKaarvani
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* Getting away from handguns and shotguns, three notable [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_recorded_sniper_kills sniper shots]]: the legendary Carlos Hathcock, 2,286 meters, the current record is 2,475 metres by Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison, a British infantryman in Afghanistan. This is especially impressive as he did it ''twice'', using a gun not designed for that range (though still a sniper rifle). He is followed by Rob Furlong, at 2,430 meters. The difficulty of these long ranges is pointed out by the facts like Furlong's shot, at a moving target, took 4 seconds to go from the gun and had a bullet drop of about 146 feet. Beating even that was Royal Marine Matt Hughes. Although his shot at an Iraqi sentry was a relatively short 860 meters, the gale-force crosswind meant his bullet curved 56 feet ''sideways''.

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* Getting away from handguns and shotguns, three the most notable [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_recorded_sniper_kills sniper shots]]: the legendary Carlos Hathcock, 2,286 meters, the current record is 2,475 3,450 metres by Corporal of Horse Craig Harrison, a British infantryman in Afghanistan. This is especially impressive as he did it ''twice'', using a gun not designed for that range (though still a an unnamed Joint Task Force 2 (Canadian special forces) sniper rifle). He is followed by Rob Furlong, at 2,430 meters. The difficulty of these long ranges is pointed out by the facts like Furlong's shot, at a moving target, took 4 seconds to go from the gun and had a bullet drop of about 146 feet. Beating even that was Royal Marine Matt Hughes. Although his shot at an Iraqi sentry was a relatively short 860 meters, the gale-force crosswind meant his bullet curved 56 feet ''sideways''.in Syria.
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