What would happen if you were shot with a .50 cal?

Asked By: Heitor Balanev | Last Updated: 5th March, 2020
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50 BMG, then you are going to have a very bad day. At best, you'll get a grazing shot, or hit in soft tissue. The bullet will slam into the body and penetrate. This impact energy will tear skin and other tissue, leaving a mess of a wound, and possibly even amputating a limb.

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Regarding this, can you survive being shot with a 50 cal?

There's really no way to survive a . 50-cal. 50-cal. hits with so much energy that it would likely kill you even if your body armor could stop it.

One may also ask, can the concussion from a 50 cal kill you? 50 BMG is strong enough to kill or seriously injure a person, even if the bullet itself misses. So, while a direct hit from one of those bullets would cause a lot of damage, I think we can safely say that no, the shockwave from a . 50 BMG near miss won't kill you (or suck the eyes out of the head of a deer).

Secondly, what happens when a .50 caliber bullet hits a person?

50-cal. rounds have so much energy that even depositing a small fraction of it into the surrounding tissues can cause it to greatly compress and then expand. With a large round traveling at such high speeds, the shock wave can become large enough to cause neurological damage.

Can a 50 cal rip your arm off?

A . 50 BMG bullet fired into you can rip off your arms, legs, head, etc. In fact, the . 50 BMG creates a temporary wound cavity LARGER than the average adult male human's torso, meaning if you were shot in the chest, anywhere within 1 mile from the gun, you'd likely be ripped in half.

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How fast is a 50 caliber bullet in mph?

.50 BMG
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
647 gr (42 g) Speer 3,044 ft/s (928 m/s) 13,310 ft⋅lbf (18,050 J)
655 gr (42 g) ADI 3,029 ft/s (923 m/s) 13,350 ft⋅lbf (18,100 J)
700 gr (45 g) Barnes 2,978 ft/s (908 m/s) 13,971 ft⋅lbf (18,942 J)
750 gr (49 g) Hornady 2,820 ft/s (860 m/s) 13,241 ft⋅lbf (17,952 J)

Why do you have to open your mouth when shooting a 50 cal?

The shooters mouth is open because they are slack jawed. Literally. A school of thought states that you should be in a position of almost going to sleep before you break a shot. So if a mouth or jaw is closed or clenched, that translates to sympathetic movement, minuscule mind you.

What does BMG stand for?

Browning Machine Gun

Can a 50 cal pierce a tank?


Developments in tank armor soon made tanks generally impervious to 50 caliber rounds,39 but according to the Marine Corps and other authorities, the 50 caliber can still blast through more lightly armored vehicles, such as armored personnel carriers, and thus clearly through armored limousines.

How much energy does a 50 cal have?

A . 50 BMG round can produce between 10,000 and 15,000 foot pounds (between 14 and 18 kilojoules) or more, depending on its powder and bullet type, as well as the rifle it was fired from.

How big is .50 caliber?

Metric and US customary
Inch caliber Metric caliber Typical bullet diameter
.40 10 mm 0.400 in
.44 10.9 mm 0.429 in
.45 11.43 mm 0.451–0.454 in
.50 12.7 mm 0.510 in, 12.95 mm

What does it take to stop a 50 cal bullet?

Researchers have demonstrated that vehicle armor using composite metal foam (CMF) can stop ball and armor-piercing . 50 caliber rounds as well as conventional steel armor, even though it weighs less than half as much. Exercise your consumer right to opt out.

Will a 50 cal kill a bear?


The 50 BMG or 50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun, has been around for a long time and, as has already been mentioned, would rip a bear apart, as well as any other animal, on this planet. Yes, it will for sure kill a bear and any bear at that. Brown bear, polar bear, any kind of bear, would be killed easily.

Can a .50 cal kill an elephant?

50 caliber shooting 500 or 535 grain bullets at around 2200 fps. The pointed BMG bullets would tend to change direction when they struck bone. You don't kill an elephant by "hydrostatic shock," whatever that is, and ordinary . 458 elephant rounds penetrate plenty deep enough to kill.

What caliber is a Desert Eagle?

The Desert Eagle is fed with a detachable magazine. Magazine capacity is 9 rounds in . 357 Magnum, 8 rounds in . 44 Magnum, and 7 rounds in .

What guns shoot 50 caliber?

The cartridge is used against armored personnel vehicles. The . 50 caliber MK211 ammunition is ideal for use in the M2, M3 and M85 machine guns, and SASR Barrett or M82 rifles.

How far away can Snipers shoot?


However, just about every Sniper can hit his target out to 1,000 yards. Much beyond that and the one shot one kill goal of every Sniper starts to become spotty.

How far can u hear a gunshot?

Generally a . 308 rifle report can be heard between two and ten miles away, depending on conditions.

Can a 50 cal take out a tank?

No, not a modern tank, not even close. You won't even tickle it. During WW1 the 50 bmg (Browning machine gun) was used somewhat effectively against the more lightly armored tanks of that era. It didn't destroy the tank, but could penetrate parts of it and kill the men inside.