INEFFICIENT WARFARE: Statistics point to a need for deadlier weapons

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An article in the Los Angeles Times shows statistics support the old adage that “it takes a ton of shot to kill a man.” Indeed, “[t]he mortality during a battle is surprisingly low” — in major battles reviewed, generally no more than 1 in 500 shots found their mark. “In battle there is not much time to aim, and military authorities now regard rapidity of fire as being more essential than range and precision.”

Given the difficulties with accurate aim, one suspects the world’s leading scientists are hard at work on enhancing both the rapidity of fire and the destructiveness of modern weaponry. Fortunately, thanks to the generosity of Vincent Astor, American school boys are already familiar with weapons that maximize the rapidity of fire.

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