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Question: In the movie the Ethiopian official is killed with a bullet that had been previously fired through Swaggart's sniper rifle, wrapped in paper to protect the rifling marks, then re-fired through another gun. Where did they get the bullet? The only round fired through the gun is the one Swaggart fired at the soup can. No way they could have found that bullet in the mountainous terrain. A needle in a haystack would have been easier. Even if they did find the bullet it would have been too deformed to be accurate at any distance let alone the extreme distance in question. Why not just use Swaggart's gun to make the shot, or at least produce a pristine round without deformation? Of course then they would have found it lacked a firing pin. What if they had replaced the firing pin and made the shot? Could you imagine Swaggart's embarrassment when he pulled the trigger on Michael Pena to demonstrate the lack of a firing pin? And the expression on Pena's face. Priceless.

jt brady

New this month Answer: Why would you assume that the only bullet fired from the gun is the one at the soup can?

Question: In the scene where Swagger and Memphis go to talk to the old man, why does the old man look at their hands? What is he looking for?

Chosen answer: He's looking for callouses on the hands. Professional snipers end up getting hard skin inbetween the webbed part of the skin between the thumb and forefinger because of constant rubbing on the trigger guard. By checking the hands, he could tell whether or not he was talking to a proper sniper, and in particular Swagger.

GalahadFairlight

Question: Why does Swagger include 5 tennis balls on the list of medical supplies he hands to Sarah?

Chosen answer: If you cut a slit into them and squeeze when the ball expands back it creates suction. So they could have been used to clear away any blood or pus when cleaning the wound before stitching.

Question: In the movie they state the colonel cannot be charged because the crime was committed outside of the United States. All active members of the US military like the colonel are subject to the uniformed military code of justice no matter where the crime was committed, so how did the colonel prevent the military justice system from being able to charge him?

Answer: You are completely correct. This is a clear mistake, the colonel could (and would) most certainly be charged for his crimes.

BaconIsMyBFF

I agree. However, I believe Jackson had retired from the military. Is he not free from military jurisdiction then? And even if not, does the AG have any control over military jurisdiction? Maybe he could have made a few phonecalls to MPs instead of unleashing Swagger on him. But that makes for a less explosive ending.

He was retired from the military, but he returned to duty before making his request to Swaggert.

The attorney general doesn't need control over military jurisdiction for the colonel to be charged. The attorney general just needs to hand the colonel over to the military, and tell them about the colonel's crimes. The military would charge the colonel if they knew about his crimes. Even if the colonel was retired from the military, committing a crime overseas would not give him immunity from being charged. Maybe the US couldn't charge him, but they could still send him to the country where the crime was committed to be charged.

Who says the AG needs control over military jurisdiction for the colonel to be charged?

The MPs also would have no longer taken orders from the colonel if they found out about his crimes.

"Does the AG have any control over military jurisdiction" that's why the AG would notify the military officials about colonel's crimes who would then court martial the colonel.

I did a little internet research and found that what your saying isn't how military jurisdiction works. The AG is charge of military jurisdiction and thus would have been able to have the colonel arrested. The colonel also would have lost command over all military members below him. And he would not have been able to make any phone calls to the MP if his crimes were exposed to the AG. Also the uniform code of military justice applies to all military members including retired military members.

Question: Where does Swagger get his new sniper rifle? He was given the .22 that used to belong to Danny, but that obviously wasn't the gun he used at the Montana ranch or the mountain top scene. Where did this higher caliber rifle come from?

Chosen answer: In the deleted scenes on the DVD it shows Swagger and the FBI agent purchasing the items for their assault on the ranch house, including two rifles.

Question: The movie says that the senator who helped the colonel cannot be charged because the crime was committed outside the United States. Is that realistic? If not then why?

Answer: This is not realistic. The Senator would be charged with conspiracy regardless of where the actual crime took place. Simply being overseas does not give an American citizen immunity.

BaconIsMyBFF

How would the senator be charged for crimes that took place outside of the United States?

Question: I don't know what breed Bob Lee Swagger's dog is. Could anyone possibly help me out?

Chosen answer: The dog featured in the film as Bob Lee companion was trained by owner Drew Thompson. The dog's real name is Logan. He is a Bernese Mountain and English Mastiff X. Drew states that "he is easily the smartest dog I have ever trained".

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Mr. Rate: Would've been a bad job to take, though.
Nick Memphis: How come?
Mr. Rate: Whoever took that shot's probably dead now. That's how conspiracy works. Them boys on the grassy knoll, they were dead within three hours. Buried in the damn desert. Unmarked graves out past Terlingua.
Nick Memphis: And you know this for a fact?
Mr. Rate: Still got the shovel.

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Mark Wahlberg cuts through the back seat to get access to medical supplies in the boot - other stuff is visible in there too. But shortly afterwards when he reverses it into the water, the boot pops open and it's now completely empty.

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When Swagger is recuperating from the makeshift operation, it's shown that he has a third nipple below the left nipple.

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