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Is It Possible to Survive 3 Shots from an M16 Rifle?

Would it even be possible to survive three shots from an M16?

The Smithsonian Channel explores this question in great detail using ballistic gelatin.

Watch this video and see their thoughts on this interesting question.

Hollywood has its own thoughts on ballistics and what bullets do to the human body. Most times they are far off from the truth. During a scene in the movie “Platoon,” a character gets hit by three M16 bullets and survives those gunshot wounds.

Could such an injury be survived? The Smithsonian Channel tests this out using ballistic gelatin and stand in human organs in the model.

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Is It Possible to Survive 3 Shots from an M16 Rifle?