Bite the Bullet...

When engaged in war there are times when emergency surgery is needed: Legs have to come off or deeply-buried bullets need to come out. And sometimes, there's no time for anesthesia when the Nazis are bearing down.


So, rather then stabbing a patient in the arm to distract him from the saw going through his foot, the surgeon would supposedly shove a bullet in his mouth and ask him to bite down. Of course, you could use a belt or shirt but even in the throes of death it's important for a man to look like a badass. Thus, "Bite the bullet."

  • Lew PRO 4y

    Cool,,I always associated the term with the Civil War musket ,,the cartages were paper,,you bit the bullet off then poured the powder down the barrel,, shoved the paper in next,,then rammed the bullet down,,put on a cap Bang!
  • cweav59 PRO 4y

    Fantastic Richard, interesting! The focus is great in this, nice work!
  • Mami_H PRO 4y

    @,@!! wow,,,,,,
    (Thank you so much for your Fantastic comment for me!!! )lol
  • Pete Zarria 4y

    >357, .40 S&W, .22 x 2?
  • Richard Elzey PRO 4y

    .357, .380, .22 long, .22 short
    Pretty good...
  • Micheal Peterson PRO 4y

    Great narrative. Awesome shot.
  • Scott Laidlaw PRO 4y

    Awesome shot and words, well done!
  • Abigail Willemse 2y

    Love this shot; used it in my blog post called "Time to bite the bullet" Thank you for making it available via a CC license :)
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Taken on May 30, 2011
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