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It seems to be a standard Hollywood device that hitting someone over the head, preferably with the butt of a gun, knocks him out cold for maybe twenty minutes or so before he comes back to with little repercussion other than maybe a short-lived bruise. How realistic is this? It seems to work 100% of the time in film, and the victim never gets a concussion nor infection nor bleeds to death nor even seems groggy afterwards.

 

I remember at least one Gilligan's Island where getting hit over the head with a coconut caused amnesia and the inevitably following hit cured it. Is this pistol-whipping just the modern-day equivalent?

 

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I remember the first bar fight I was in. It was at the old Brandywine Cafe and Bar in Ocean Park with some HEATHENS (local Hell's Angels chapter from Venice CA.) One of their guys tried to hit on a girl in our group. When she turned him down, he poured a pitcher of beer over her head. That was more than I could take so I jumped up and went after him. When another one of them broke a beer bottle over my head the first time, I remember thinking I was supposed to be knocked out. Apparently he thought so too, since he wasn't prepared for me to come after him. While I was pounding on him, he kept hitting me in the temple with a beer mug (man those things are solid). He ended up going down (no, not like that) and I ended up with a few knots on my head and a little broken skin.

 

I guess that's when I first learned I was pretty hard headed. The rest as they say is history.

 

The beer bottles were manufactured by Budweiser. I don't know who made the mugs

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>Kevin I'm curious why you ask:-)

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>You going after the folks who gave you bad reviews?

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Sorry, should have proofed my post. It should read, curious why you ASK.....

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>Kevin I'm curious why you ask:-)

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>You going after the folks who gave you bad reviews?

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>BTW, any trips to SF in your future? Email me if you're ever

>in town. You're on my list of escorts I hope to meet some

>day.

>

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Sorry, should have proofed my post. It should read, curious why you ASK.....

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>Kevin I'm curious why you ask:-)

 

I just watched a very good (and very fucked up) movie called "Out of Hand" ("Keller" in the original German) where they kept knocking people out with blows to the head. I just realized that I think that device is overused and somewhat suspect.

 

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>Kevin I'm curious why you ask:-)

 

I just watched a very good (and very fucked up) movie called "Out of Hand" ("Keller" in the original German) where they kept knocking people out with blows to the head. I just realized that I think that device is overused and somewhat suspect.

 

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I've read that a square punch to the side of the head is the most likely way to knock somebody unconscious. However, some people are obviously at least knocked down by a solid punch to the jaw.

 

My understanding of the anatomy is that rendering somebody unconscious via a blow is all about causing the brain to collide with the skull--which doesn't happen much with front to back motion. I wouldn't imagine it's any more likely with an impact to the top of the head...

 

Also, I've seen small truncheons that supposedly used to be carried by police (British?) on TV, they're shown to render people unconscious by a fairly awkward blow to the base of the back of the skull but I have no idea how accurate (historically or physiologically) they are.

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I've read that a square punch to the side of the head is the most likely way to knock somebody unconscious. However, some people are obviously at least knocked down by a solid punch to the jaw.

 

My understanding of the anatomy is that rendering somebody unconscious via a blow is all about causing the brain to collide with the skull--which doesn't happen much with front to back motion. I wouldn't imagine it's any more likely with an impact to the top of the head...

 

Also, I've seen small truncheons that supposedly used to be carried by police (British?) on TV, they're shown to render people unconscious by a fairly awkward blow to the base of the back of the skull but I have no idea how accurate (historically or physiologically) they are.

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