My late, great friend, Bob “Zig” Hensley was an expert on this subject. I say “expert” because he has been shot on seven different occasions (sometimes multiple times).
I used to tease him and tell folks he “Zigged when he should have Zagged” and thus the nickname.
You probably remember Zig best from the movie “Hunt for Red October”. Remember the part where Alex Baldwin jumped out of the helicopter down to the sub? Well that wasn’t the actor, that was Zig. Seems they wouldn’t let a Hollywood stunt man jump out of a Navy chopper, it had to be a Navy Diver. So, Big Zig got the call. “That was my 2.5 seconds of fame!” he used to laugh and say.
Zig with a Tack Driver he built...and a 100 yd. group!
Zig was a real Patriot and an unsung war hero. A little known fact: He was once held prisoner by the Iraqi Army for a few days.
“They beat the hell out of me and tortured me. I would have much rather they stripped me naked and put women's underwear on my head. Heck, I might even have liked that!” He told me this as we were watching the news about the Gitmo incident.
Zig was 100% disabled at the time of his recent death. And for the record, Zig was shot with the following calibers:
9mm, .357 Magnum, AK-47, .12 Gage 00 Buckshot, and .25acp. The latter was two shots in the mouth at contact distance.
Zig and I have had some long talks about caliber choices and stopping power over the years. That said, we concluded that it all comes down to three things:
1. Shot placement
2. Shot placement
3. Shot placement
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P.S.- Zig also had a catastrophic failure with his issued Beretta over in the Sand Box one time during a battle, but that’s a whole other story…