Hood of Bone
- May 27, 2021
I wouldn't do it behind the ear, only because it seems more difficult to make sure exactly where you're pointing. I think your best bet with a handgun is through the mouth like Budd Dwyer (though don't angle it up as high as he did, that might decrease your chance of hitting the brainstem).ReadyForIt said:Yeah, I’ve kindof been having some second thoughts about shooting behind the ear to hit the brainstem. I’ve done some google image searches to more or less “confirm” the brain stem’s location behind the ear, and there seems to be some inconsistency in the diagrams that I’ve found. Like some of them have it directly behind the ear, while others show it in line with the ear itself, and others still depict it as being behind the ear and down some.
Has anyone else had trouble with confirming the brainstem’s location like this? Can anyone with some legitimate anatomical/medical knowledge chime in here please? I really don’t want to work up the courage to CTB after all this time just to end up a vegetable.
My current plan is to use a Pietta 1873 .357 magnum with hollow point ammunition, pointed straight into my mouth (Some people say you should aim slightly upward, others slightly downward. I doubt it matters a huge amount, and keeping the gun level seems easier than trying to make sure it's pointed at precisely 15 degrees or whatever). I'll also take a bunch of aspirin beforehand and stand chest-deep in a lake near my house, so that I have a failsafe of bleeding out and/or drowning in the unlikely chance that I don't hit the brainstem.