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PostSubject: So can a bullet bounce off a shield?   Tue May 26, 2015 10:11 pm

Can it??

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PostSubject: Re: So can a bullet bounce off a shield?   Tue May 26, 2015 10:18 pm

I think most of the time it would just stay in it.
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PostSubject: Re: So can a bullet bounce off a shield?   Tue May 26, 2015 10:33 pm

What is the shield made of and what kind of gun shot the bullet?

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PostSubject: Re: So can a bullet bounce off a shield?   Wed May 27, 2015 3:00 am

I'm talking about medieval shields. Would the bullet from a regular revolver penetrate that shield or bounce off? I know this is a stupid question, I'm in a goofy mood tonight though I'm not drunk like I said I was in my other thread in this section. I can't get drunk due to my mental state.

But I think this question is also interesting, if someone were to time travel and shoot a knight with a gun, could he possibly block off the bullets and live?

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PostSubject: Re: So can a bullet bounce off a shield?   Wed May 27, 2015 3:27 am

No. The thing that a lot of people don't really get about medieval combat is that the shield is not meant to directly take a hit, it's meant to DEFLECT. That's why they're usually curved away from the center, so that the attacker's weapon will be guided off-center, or you can proactively smack the enemy's weapon from an angle and lessen the impact that way. If somebody hits you dead on with a battle-axe, it's gonna shear right through your shield.

A bullet would move too fast for you to be able to affect its velocity in any meaningful way and it would punch through no problem.


This is one of the reasons why I kinda dig the fact that shields in Dark Souls don't truly block damage, they simply reduce the damage taken.

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PostSubject: Re: So can a bullet bounce off a shield?   Wed May 27, 2015 4:40 am

If it's a ballistic shield, yes. Otherwise,


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PostSubject: Re: So can a bullet bounce off a shield?   Wed May 27, 2015 1:53 pm

Taiyz wrote:
No. The thing that a lot of people don't really get about medieval combat is that the shield is not meant to directly take a hit, it's meant to DEFLECT. That's why they're usually curved away from the center, so that the attacker's weapon will be guided off-center, or you can proactively smack the enemy's weapon from an angle and lessen the impact that way. If somebody hits you dead on with a battle-axe, it's gonna shear right through your shield.

A bullet would move too fast for you to be able to affect its velocity in any meaningful way and it would punch through no problem.
Heh cool, you actually know what you're talking about.

Shields/ Bucklers are much better at handling swords than axes, because the former are redirected by a shield and the latter just say "screw you shield".
Bullets will either turn both themselves and the shield into schrapnel, or go straight through.

If you want to block a bullet, make sure you're hiding behind a thick wall of armored concrete or a large body of water.
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