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Omar Karindu

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pgw

Subj: This has already happened, in Detectove Comics #710 -- Batman trained as a marksman.
Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 02:30:57 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Hypothetical situation - Bat-Marksmanship
Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 07:13:40 pm EDT

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Imagine the following situation:

Batman is on a rooftop, having just disposed of a sniper. Standing over the assassin's unconscious body, he hears a scream. Looking around with his binoculars, he spots a mugging taking place a few blocks away. Things are quickly escalating out of control. The victim is in imminent and quite possibly mortal danger.

They're way out of batarang range, and by the time Batman swung/jumped/ran to the scene, it would almost certainly be too late. On the other hand, the sniper rifle, intact at Batman's feet, has the range, speed, and accuracy to make the difference.

Batman swore he'd never use a gun, but it could be the only way to save the victim's life. But it's not a weapon he's used to. He has the hand-eye coordination, but not the experience. Closest thing he's used is the grapple gun. And the simple fact that he hates the weapon so much could potentially affect his ability to make an accurate shot.

What happens?

Paul



> Imagine the following situation:
>
> Batman is on a rooftop, having just disposed of a sniper. Standing over the assassin's unconscious body, he hears a scream. Looking around with his binoculars, he spots a mugging taking place a few blocks away. Things are quickly escalating out of control. The victim is in imminent and quite possibly mortal danger.
>
> They're way out of batarang range, and by the time Batman swung/jumped/ran to the scene, it would almost certainly be too late. On the other hand, the sniper rifle, intact at Batman's feet, has the range, speed, and accuracy to make the difference.
>
> Batman swore he'd never use a gun, but it could be the only way to save the victim's life. But it's not a weapon he's used to. He has the hand-eye coordination, but not the experience. Closest thing he's used is the grapple gun. And the simple fact that he hates the weapon so much could potentially affect his ability to make an accurate shot.
>
> What happens?
>
> Paul
>
>

Per that issue, it turns out Batman is impossibly skilled as a sniper -- Henri Ducard was shown to have trained him to be an almost Deadshot-level marksman.

In this issue, Batman was able to make a very long-range sniper shot to disarm an Uzi-toting Gunhawk that Deathstroke, one of the villains 0of the story, thought was an impossible one. Batman pointedly refused to display the rifle int he Batcave trophy case, though.

There was a great flashback scene in Nightwing #33 that dealt with this:

[Batman shows Dick Grayson a massive cache of pistols and rifles int he Batcave, and has Robin take one]

ROBIN: I thought you hated guns.

BATMAN: But I don't fear them. There's a big difference. They're used against us so often we need to know them, respect them. You need to know how they work. To know even more than the punks who rely on them for courage. We'll even practice throwing them.

In the present, Nightwing then instantly aces a police academy target test.

Both stories were written by Chuck Dixon, who is in real life a gun owner with lots of shooting experience.

- Omar Karindu

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