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Thread #65619   Message #1082101
Posted By: Rapparee
29-Dec-03 - 11:21 PM
Thread Name: BS: Guns on planes
Subject: RE: BS: Guns on planes
Many US pilots are military reserve or ex-military. They trained with firearms.

If the concern is bullets punching a hole in the fuselage of the plane, that's possible, but even if it happened the plane wouldn't come apart in mid-air. If you doubt this, look at the number of fighter and other military aircraft that return shot full of holes.

Besides, the armed officers would probably be using "frangible" bullets -- bullets that are made from compressed metal powder. They'll drop a bad guy like a rock and leave a very ugly wound, but they won't penetrate an airplane's hull. (Don't ask me why they work, but they do.)