May 03, 2006
Gun Myths, Part II: Rough barrels, expensive binoculars, and "knock-down" power
By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
MYTH: Thousand-dollar binoculars are a waste of money.
TRUTH: I can’t tell you how many guides I’ve met who owned the clothes on their back, a pickup truck, and a pair of thousand-dollar binoculars. There’s a reason for that.
MYTH: If you use enough gun, you can actually knock an animal down.
TRUTH: In theory, you can’t literally knock anything down with a bullet, but I’m conflicted, because I’ve seen some that appeared to be bashed flat at the shot. Perhaps they slipped, or convulsed, or something else happened in that fraction of a second when the bullet impacted, but according to all the laws of physics, nothing gets knocked down.