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11/17/2010

Stormtrooper Aim Explained… By Science!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:41 am



[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]

This is clearly a case of a person working too hard to explain away an unrealistic element of the Star Wars movies.  And I am always dubious about treating psychiatry as science.  But that being said, I have to admit as logic, this explanation actually makes a lot of sense.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

11 Responses to “Stormtrooper Aim Explained… By Science!”

  1. Except that S.L.A. Marshall’s study is pretty weak.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  2. At Rorke’s Drift the less then crack British troops managed close to one hit for each twenty rounds fired against the Zulus, remarkable accuracy. The range was from 500 yards down to bayonet range.

    Perhaps your troopers should adopt Martini-Henry rifles.

    Machinist (74634b)

  3. Personally, I liked the rifle in “Quigley Down Under.” It didn’t have a high rate of fire, but it was very, very accurate!

    Eric Blair (720ce1)

  4. There is a reason that good shooters are called “Sharpshooters.”

    Machinist (74634b)

  5. There is a scene in the movie “Valdez is Coming” that you would like.

    Machinist (74634b)

  6. Explain again what “sometimes” means? :)

    EricPWJohnson (e83e82)

  7. The Quigley Sharps….
    Though the rifle was a quality arm, generally all firearms are more accurate than the person firing them.
    It is the quality of the shooter, that determines the quality of the shot.
    Fm Wiki….
    “…Another term for a marksman is a sharpshooter, which was used in the early 19th Century. It is derived from the German word Scharfschütze.[2]…”
    Seems it predates the invention of the Sharp’s Rifle.

    “Valdez” was a very good movie!

    AD-RtR/OS! (68ed01)

  8. I stand corrected.

    It was a good movie.

    Machinist (74634b)

  9. The shooter is often the limit but for long range shots at men or buffalo, rifles like the Sharps and Maynard did have a good reputation. This was especially true against the muzzleloaders and weak breech loaders common at the time

    Machinist (74634b)

  10. Eric

    Well, in certain contexts, “sometimes” actually means all of the time. for instance, in the phrase, “i am a real geek sometimes”… :-)

    Aaron Worthing (b1db52)

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