I’ve wondered this too,
My thoughts are to have a back up plan.
Id want to shoot myself standing on a very high ledge, so if the bullet didn’t kill me the fall would. Or while standing on a box with a noose around my neck.. You get the idea.
You certainly don’t want to survive it.
FYI, pain is only felt by the living, once dead you’ve never felt anything, there was no you.
I was shot in the head, just above my eye and the only plain i experienced was minimal for only a few seconds.i was conscious up to surgery. I experienced sensations of burning when someone touched me but no real pain in my head at all. I was not expected to survive but i did. This is one thing i remember clearly, how little pain was involved, until the healing process began, then pain set in.
Depend on what part of the head they were shot at?
See following picture?
It’s called T-Box by the forces, the most lethal part of human head if knocked by bullets of any caliber, you’ll die instantly and the last thing you experience was seeing the gun pointed at you and the smell of the barrel.
Experience any pain? Yes on 0.01 second before impact to your inner brain following meeting with your maker.
I was told a story 25 to 30 years ago about a biker who was also a philanderer who came home after drinking and womanizing all night to a very unhappy spouse. She realized what he had been up to all night, and took justice into her own hands. She shot her man in the head with a 22 caliber short barrel handgun. She left him for dead, and left the state to avoid prosecution. The biker woke up alone with what he thought was a heck of a hangover. He went about his day as he normally would without any knowledge of what his spouse had done to him until a passerby noticed the caked blood on his head. Only then did he realize that his hangover was from five .22 caliber bullets around his head. None had penetrated his skull and all lay just beneath the scalp. Pain is subjective, it could be great or slight, but I don’t want to ever find out for myself what it feels like to be shot anywhere.
This my first time answering a question on here but I’d try to be explicit as possible.
12 years ago, I fell from a distance of about 10ft to a concrete ground while playing soccer with friends.
the last thing I remember till date was swinging my hands and trying to find something to keep me from falling. I woke up minutes (can’t say how long) later and realized I was alone (my friends ran away in fear I guess..we were between the ages of 10–14). I looked around, trying to figure out why I was alone. I thought I was playing soccer and I fell down and immediately stood up to find myself alone.
it was until I checked my clothes and saw I was fully drenched with blood and I was loosing consciousness before I realized something was horribly wrong. I staggered as far as I could and saw elderly people looking at me in horror with few elderly men running towards my direction.. I fainted as soon as one of the men held me.
Woke up hours later at the hospital with a shaved and banging head. In all, I spent over 4months in the hospital plus 2 different surgeries.
That was from a fall. I don’t want to imagine how survivors of bullet wound to the head would feel.
It depends on the shot placement.
A properly placed shot which causes death by destruction (either due to direct contact or via the temporary cavity) of important brain tissue might not cause pain. Why? Because nerve impulses are slow.
A 45 ACP round with a 230 grain bullet travels at approximately 830 feet per second when fired from the government issue M1911A1 pistol
The fastest nerve impulses are 390 feet per second .
So the bullet hits the skin of the head, causes pain. But by the time the pain signals reach the brain where it is registered as pain, the bullet already has passed through and destroyed vital structures in the brain rendering the person essentially unconscious, with death following soon after.
The brain has no pain receptors and an unconscious person cannot feel pain.
As both a surgeon and long ago Federal Law Enforcement Agent I can tell you that depending on where the shot is you either feel nothing or you are in so much pain that it is unimaginable. If the shot severs the brain stem like you see with intra-oral shots. One happened this past week on Blue Bloods a bomber was going to push the button on a bomb the shot went directly into the mouth from MAYBE 25 feet in that case the person would be dead long before the body hit the ground with zero feeling of any kind (and doing it that way the hands OPEN on impact not close). However if a shot enters the side of the head or thru an ear I have seen perpetrators laying on the pavement writhing in pain for as long as it takes them to die. In the ER patients come in with head wounds EVERY weekend and some are in pain and some are not it all depends where the entry was and where the projectile ended up. Remember there is nothing in the cranium to sense pain feeling unlike your fingers or chest wall. Muc…
Certainly. First there are many cases where the fragment angle or geodesic line of force was not immediately fatal and obvious fear and unbearable pain is evident until unconsciousness/ shock, but if the shot is instantaneously fatal physical sensation will not exist. That being said, before death can be interpreted to mean a mortal wound state which became recoverable for various reasons. From a very recent university study on 2000 people who were declared medically dead (heart, brain, breathing, blood oxygen and pressure) and who were revived after a certain amount of time, revealed that over 50% experienced a sense of overwhelming fear. Mental anguish is certainly concurred as a state of pain and with that many people under scientific and laboratory research conditions thereby conclusively proving the certainty of some relevant pain. One interesting finding from the study was that only 1 person from all those studied had a verifiable out-of-body experience where he was able to identify and observe and recall events following his death from a third person perspective which can be considered a form of remoteing. This occurrence lasted for minutes and was verified by other persons present that what was recalled was an authentic observation of the after death life form.
This may be anecdotal, but by virtue of my career I have seen several gunshots to the head, and more than one who survived. I only ever talked to one guy a few weeks later and asked him what he recalled. He was shot point blank, robbery. He said he heard nothing but saw a bright flash of the muzzle then nothing. No pain, no sound. He woke a few days later, the caliber, bullet type, angle of entry were all such that he had relatively superficial brain injury. He woke with a massive headache, post operatively, but that got better quickly. I would venture that high caliber combat kills with rifle rounds are instantly fatal and doubt there is any time for pain perception. Really, no one can say for sure in fatal shots.
If you die sudden by a gun shot over your head, you’ll literally never know what hit you. First, our brains process information too slowly. Second, there’s the issue of the integrity of the cognitive functions that are responsible for conscious experience.
Most people who get shot in the head are wounded, and live with a great deal of pain for a short or long period of time.
In the movies? On television? In video games? Bang! You’re dead.
Real life is messier, and a lot more painful.
Ernest Hemingway made a literary guess that seems realistic. In his short story; “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, the title character is “mistakenly” shot in the head by his wife with a high powered big game hunting rifle. The last moment of his life was described this way; “[he] felt a hot white blinding flash and that was all he ever felt.”
It depends on how fatal and physically traumatic the gunshot is. I had a relative who was shot point blank in the back of the head with a 9mm or .40 caliber pistol and they lived (albeit on life support) for a couple of days until they decided to pull the plug… but they were still making moaning noises when the ambulance arrived. So that tells me that not all of their important brain systems had gone out yet. There are primitive systems at the base of the brain and center of the brain that can still be online, but they are not systems that can form complex thought. They may have some sensory processing but they likely would not “understand” or be able to mentally process the thought of a concept like a gun being used to shoot them. It would likely just be a blur of random neural noise, that would seem like they were blindfolded underwater or something where a distant indistinct “buzz” and basically no sight or… it’s hard to say 100% since they can’t communicate back anything what they experience. And people who do survive are almost always left with anterograde amnesia, meaning they remember nothing after the event. So they can’t tell us either. We can only guess. But I presume with such massive trauma to the brain, it would go into shock and release endorphins and even if there was pain it wouldn’t be processed to the point of “realizing” what it even was. So probably no. All depending on the distance, caliber, area of the wound and how long any signs of willful behavior were exhibited (just because someone moves doesn’t mean it was because they consciously did it)…