The Official Nitpicker (azvolrien) wrote in little_details,
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Damage done by a close-range shot

OK, I'm writing a story set in a sort of parallel Britain. The setting's not really important for my question.
However, there is a scene in the story where my protagonist gets shot in the thigh with a late-19th century revolver, at close range.
My question is: after someone sees to her broken leg (and I'm assuming a shot like that would do serious damage to the bone), sets the bone, splints it etc., would she be able to walk once it had healed? As in, would she be able to walk unaided, need a crutch, or actually be confined to a wheelchair?

Also, what sort of range does an 1866 Winchester rifle have?

Edit: Thanks, that answers my question pretty well. Except for the bit about the Winchester.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: broken bones, ~medicine: injuries: gunshot wounds, ~weapons: firearms

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