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Reply #30 - Nov 12th, 2021 at 3:51pm
 
IronGoober wrote on Nov 12th, 2021 at 12:24pm:
20 arcsec

that gives us the theoretical limit of accuracy for slingers
so shooting a hair and not miss is an expression unless you are doing it from 1m, because no human eye can see a hair beyond that (?)
I used hair width =0.01cm
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Reply #31 - Nov 12th, 2021 at 3:56pm
 
NooneOfConsequence wrote on Nov 12th, 2021 at 3:18pm:
what metal was a shilling made from at the time

copper-nickel and it has silver color
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Re: "A good shot" 20th C Ireland.
Reply #32 - Nov 13th, 2021 at 12:18pm
 
Sarosh wrote on Nov 12th, 2021 at 3:51pm:
IronGoober wrote on Nov 12th, 2021 at 12:24pm:
20 arcsec

that gives us the theoretical limit of accuracy for slingers
so shooting a hair and not miss is an expression unless you are doing it from 1m, because no human eye can see a hair beyond that (?)
I used hair width =0.01cm


It’s possible that the Benjamite tribe may have had particularly thick hair… so 2-3m? 🤣

It’s pretty clearly a hyperbolic figure of speech.  The term is usually used in the opposite way… “don’t harm a single hair on their head” but you have to consider the size of the ammo too. A fist-sized stone would hit a hair at a longer distance without violating the statement even if it were literal because the ammo size matters more than the thickness of the hair.

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