Gun Shot Wounds | A Dr.’s POV | NSFW

Dr. Andreas Grabinsky, an Anesthesiologist, takes us through the reality of gun shot wounds from his own medical perspective and experiences.  Some images are graphic, and discretion should be used when viewing.  

This is an excellent presentation for anyone who does not fully understand the effects of high speed projectiles on the human body or anyone interested in utilizing a firearm defensively.  Dr. Grabinsky reveals some startling facts and may present a few that might actually surprise you.  From his experience handguns have proved far less lethal than rifles and Dr. Grabinsky goes into great detail about the effects of different calibers on the anatomy in order to justify his observations.

This presentation does include actual images of gunshot victims as well as medical imagery that may not be suitable for all people.  Pay special attention to Dr. Grabinksy’s slides on the differences in force and speed produced by each caliber.  It may settle the 9mm. vs. .45 ACP debate for you, or open it up for even more contemplation.

 

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The above individual was fortunate to survive such a devastating injury.

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This x-ray showcases the destructive energy of the 5.56 Nato round behaving as it was specifically designed to. The injury was the result of a negligent discharge by an officer who was carrying his rifle in the patrol carry or sling ready position. The projectile entered on the medial side of the knee and exited just above the ankle. 

If we aim to properly train for a violent encounter in which we are moved to use force, whether it is performed with the body, or any type of weapon, we must understand the minimum and maximum effects of our actions.  For example, a straight punch delivered to the nose of an assailant, on the low end is going to cause the eyes to water, pain, and bruising.  On the maximum end, a broken nose, fractured orbital bone, blood loss, and potentially death may result.  Similarly with a firearm, certain ammunition and calibers are going to have different minimum and maximum effects on the body.  It is vital that we fully understand the ramifications of our actions in order to gain a deeper understanding of what it is we are actually training to do, and the effects it has on others.  This will aid in our selection of the techniques that we choose to employ in a given situation or choose to train in order to manage certain situations.  Many victims have survived the initial confrontation, but were not so fortunate with the legal consequences of their actions.

Train Well, Train Consistently.

 – Adam

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