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Running away from someone who's shooting at you.:

 26 Dec, Thu, 15th Dec '11 2:50:26 AM from The Dance Floor
Stayin' Alive
I'm definitely not all that experienced with snow — especially anything near knee-high — but I might consider doing a roll, especially if I'm on a slope and going down. Someone more thoughtful than me might throw a snowball or two, though I'd probably be too caught up with running to think of retaliating.

If that doesn't work… well, people are trained to aim for your torso, so my ass is probably going to be focused on moving my legs as fast as possible after being shot. I've heard adrenaline does loads for pain.
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Question: is there just snow on the ground, or is more falling out of the sky while the chase scene is happening? 'Cause, while I've never fired a gun, I gotta think heavy snowfall would make aiming more difficult.
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 28 fanty, Thu, 15th Dec '11 4:10:16 AM from ANGRYTOWN
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If that doesn't work… well, people are trained to aim for your torso, so my ass is probably going to be focused on moving my legs as fast as possible after being shot. I've heard adrenaline does loads for pain.
Would it really be possible for someone to keep running away after they've been shot?
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Depends where they were shot. A scrape along your arm, for instance, wouldn't slow you down as much as a bullet in your spinal cord.
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 30 fanty, Thu, 15th Dec '11 7:26:03 AM from ANGRYTOWN
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So where would you have to be shot to not be able to keep running away but still be alive (at least for a bit)?
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[up]Legs, shoulder/collarbone, or gut. They all have a chance of being lethal, the last one especially so, but it's not as fast or as certain as it would be for the head, spine, heart, or lungs, and the victim will be too busy screaming his head off to even think about running.
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 32 JHM, Thu, 15th Dec '11 12:36:54 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
 33 Exelixi, Thu, 15th Dec '11 1:34:01 PM from Alchemist's workshop Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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Stand still and hope the bullet goes through your skull. That's about all you've got.
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 34 Dec, Thu, 15th Dec '11 3:08:49 PM from The Dance Floor
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Would it really be possible for someone to keep running away after they've been shot?
Well, I wouldn't call it running at that point, but… maybe? Extreme pain usually freezes me up pretty fast, but I've never really been attacked by someone trying to shoot me before. I imagine sheer terror would be enough for me to try crawling away, if need be.
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 35 loganlocksley, Thu, 15th Dec '11 3:12:44 PM from On the ceiling
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It would largely depend on the individual and where they were shot.

[up][up] Um...no. Running can't possibly make the situation worse, assuming you don't run towards another person with a gun who likewise wants to shoot you. Even if you have a 90% chance of being shot, that doesn't mean you should just stand there and die.

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 36 Exelixi, Thu, 15th Dec '11 3:25:23 PM from Alchemist's workshop Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
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I'd say your chances are more than ninety per cent. Unless you're the worst shot on the planet, there's no way in sweet frosty hell you can miss a clear target with impaired speed and no cover.
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 37 loganlocksley, Thu, 15th Dec '11 3:33:50 PM from On the ceiling
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Fair enough. Still, running is a lot better than standing still and waiting to be shot.

edited 15th Dec '11 3:34:08 PM by loganlocksley

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 38 JHM, Thu, 15th Dec '11 3:34:20 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
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[up][up] Well, there is the whole matter of cold, manoeuvring in a heavy coat and so forth to take into account. Even being a crack shot doesn't guarantee a hit under such circumstances.

Also, ever try to shoot a moving target?

edited 15th Dec '11 3:34:56 PM by JHM

 39 Major Tom, Thu, 15th Dec '11 3:44:10 PM Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
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Best hope your character remembered to pack their Kevlar vest.

Kevlar (or even quarter inch steel plate) doesn't stop a 1903 Springfield's .30-06 (7.62mm x 63mm) round. Not at the distance described here. (You'd have better luck at 1000 yards but even then the round has consistent kill ballistics.)

.30 caliber rifle rounds like that are called manstoppers for a really big (and true!) reason: they kill people very quickly very frequently on the first hit. Take a .30-06 round to the gut and there is no Only a Flesh Wound. If you survive it at all you need immediate surgery to stop the bleeding and repair what damage you can (in less than an hour's time at maximum from getting hit too!) lest you bleed to death pretty quickly assuming hydrostatic shock didn't liquefy your alveoli in your lungs or send your heart into cardiac arrest.

Most armor is in fact useless against those bullets at short range. Or at least armor that somebody human can wear and still perform in.

I gotta think heavy snowfall would make aiming more difficult.

At extreme distance (greater than 1000 meters* ) it does. Weather does bizarre things to the ballistics of a bullet at range. A light breeze can make an otherwise dead on shot veer off quite a few meters away. Rain can make bullets literally spiral off target or deflect into another direction. Temperature affects ballistics too, a bullet will not behave the same in 26F and snow as it does at 72F and calm, sunny weather.

edited 15th Dec '11 3:45:56 PM by MajorTom

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 40 feotakahari, Thu, 15th Dec '11 4:00:25 PM from Looking out at the city
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Bizarre as it sounds, Dragonzordsaurus might not have had entirely the wrong idea. If the shooter can clearly aim well if he tries, the trick might be to make it hard for him to try aiming well. (For instance, if he's the honorable type, he may have difficulty shooting someone who doesn't have a weapon.)
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 41 Leradny, Thu, 15th Dec '11 4:06:07 PM from Alameda, CA
Wait, the protagonist is the shooter, not the one being chased?

In that case, it would be a very bold move to have the protagonist get in a fatal shot on the first try. And it's not exactly implausible.

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[up][up][up]I think the point of the weather post was that heavy snowfall is going to cut visibility and make the shooter uncomfortable and clumsy, all of which effects should still hold at whatever range.

edited 15th Dec '11 4:07:22 PM by alethiophile

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 43 Major Tom, Thu, 15th Dec '11 4:18:35 PM Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
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To a degree. At the distances described it's not going to make much if any difference at 30 meters (~100 feet) or less. Especially if the shooter is A) not terrible and B) actually trying to aim.
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 44 USAF713, Thu, 15th Dec '11 6:09:44 PM from the United States
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Whoa, wait, knee-deep snow? I didn't realize we were talking such significant shit to run through...

...

Yeah, I think this person is pretty much dead unless they're spectacularly, implausibly lucky or somebody bails their ass out...
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At extreme distance (greater than 1000 meters) it does. Weather does bizarre things to the ballistics of a bullet at range. A light breeze can make an otherwise dead on shot veer off quite a few meters away. Rain can make bullets literally spiral off target or deflect into another direction. Temperature affects ballistics too, a bullet will not behave the same in 26F and snow as it does at 72F and calm, sunny weather.

I was actually thinking more along the lines of snow obscuring the shooter's vision and/or covering up the gun's sight, but that's some really useful information.
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 46 honorius, Sat, 17th Dec '11 12:31:25 PM from The Netherlands
Run and go "Ah! Alas I'm shot" at the first shot and fall with dramatic gestures to the ground, whether you're hit or not. Maybe feigning death could work if the shooter is too lazy to check your body.
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 47 formingbabby, Sat, 17th Dec '11 2:00:30 PM from your own dojo
look ma no hands
[up] lol @ the use of "alas"
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 48 honorius, Sat, 17th Dec '11 2:32:21 PM from The Netherlands
Nobody wants to shoot an eloquent shakespearean poet-man (or -woman) do they?

Props for Anne Beeche for sharing that link. The psychology section on that site was very informative.
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