Earlier I posted a thread asking about the damage of a circular saw in melee. While re-writing the scene and thinking about further combat in my book I cam across a number of questions which need answers, instead of cluttering the forum with a number of threads devoted to each question I decided to put them all here. All characters are normal humans and I'm aiming for a relatively realistic tone in my story. 1. If a character Covers his face with his arms will a blast of buckshot be stopped or will it punch through his arm and still hit his face? 2. If a character uses his arm to parry a knife will the blade scrape along the bone and cause a large slash wound or will it simply leave a small gouge? 3. Is it likely a character pumped up on PCP and other substances will continue fighting for a time after a headshot from a low calibre gunshot (the gunshot leaves a hole in his head)? 4. If a knife blade is not attached properly and comes off during a fight is it possible for it to become lodged in the opponent? 5. Is it possible for a human to punch through another's ribcage and lacerate his hand in the process? 6. If a loaded double barrelled shotgun is us used to bash an opponent could the gun fire upon impact? 7. Would being shot in the chest with an arrow take an opponent out of the fight? 8. Is it possible for an opponent to be pinned to a piece of relatively soft terrain by an arrow through the leg? 9. Could a human continue to fight after being shot in the stomach?