Can you hear the shot before it kills you?
April 12, 2011 9:24 AM Subscribe
Hypothetical game of Russian Roulette. Real bullets. Will you hear the shot before it kills you?
posted by shew to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Assume the bullet kills you as quickly as it can. Assume the gun is pressed right up against the most optimal killing location on your head. I realize this question is much easier if the gun/victim are far apart.
In general, bullets travel faster than the speed of sound. But are there other variables?
1) Is there a delay in the bullet being propelled down the chamber?
2) I'm assuming the bullet slows down as it enters your head... How quickly can the bullet actually kill you/kill your awareness to sound?
3) Does it take time for your brain to actually register the sound?
I think you would hear the sound...