bullet that shot me at close range was stopped cold, ballistics oddity.

Deltacron

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Jan 9, 2022
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Hi, I got shot, ( which is another story) at a range of about 36” inches and I believe that the story is interesting, aside from being alive to share it. Attached is a photo of the bullet, which I have. It was discovered in the lining of my coat, a dress, wool coat similar to a P-Coat, but not as thick.

The bullet is a hollow point .38 with a load hot enough to cave the base pretty well, but it is only barely misshapen, and while it was a miracle for me, I really hoped it could be a physics puzzle for bullet guys.

Here is the situation, from my assessment, without the drama of the evening.

The bullet was fired through my shoulder as I was attempting escape by tipping the chair I was in, over-backwards.

He pointed the gun at my sternum but hesitated in his execution and trembled with his eyes closed. As he saw me again , I was ejecting myself backward in a tall backed hardwood chair.
The bullet entered just above my clavicle (collar-bone), and went diagonally down to emerge below my scapula, or shoulder blade. As I was pressing back, the exit hole was near, or pressed against the top rail of the chair. The bullet only created three visible marks, (aside from me, sing the role of ballistic gelatin) a small entry hole in the coat that was perfect .38 cal.,
And then a triangular tear about 1” that forms a right angle, and a flap in the back of the coat. These was also an indentation is the top rail that looked like a 45 caliber dent, about 3/8ths of an inch deep. After removing the blood from the coat through dry cleaning, the bullet was found in the lining, and the photo shows fibers from the coat, as well as some yuck, that I cannot tell, what it is.

I have studied on this for a long time and I can see the scoring marks that were ready to kill me, but did not, and my only conclusion is that the whole package somehow made a bullet trap.

If anybody can explain this, it would prevent me fto
Declaring myself a saint, or bulletproof, or anything dumb like that.

In short. How is it possible that a bullet fired into hardwood at 36” able to stop cold and be retained in the lining of a coat. 72D71939-1CFC-4A6B-88E4-0CD4D8D6568F.png
 

Deltacron

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Jan 9, 2022
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Sorry for the typos… I will hope to hear some theories. It only went through soft tissue on me, but how does it stop at hardwood?
 
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