At the risk of wadeing into a "stuff" fling here, please let me add my two-cents. "Carotid" (as in artery) comes from the Greek word for "Deep Sleep". Stay with me here, I'll get to it. We've all seen "Sleeper Holds" or the real equivalent "a choke hold". The carotid artery in the right side of the neck has pressure (or "Baro") receptors in it. This acts as a safety to prevent blood pressure from rising too high thereby causing ruptures of vessels in the brain, leading to a stroke, ( Cerebral Vascular Accident, C.V.A.,ETC.) Still with me? Good. So prolonged pressure to the carotid causes an increase in pressure, which leads to a compensitory drop in heart rate and blood pressure throughout the body leading to unconsciousness. Repeated impacts of 3.2 gram paintballs moving at 270 fps COULD in rare cases cause this to happen. Remember that as we are all individuals, each person will suffer damage at different rates. It is also possible to suffer vascular damage ANYWHERE on the body from a hit, develope a bruise, develop a blood-clot from that bruise, have that clot break free, float through the circulatory system to the heart, pass through the heart to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism (often fatal), or pass back through the heart causing a heart attack (often fatal), or pass back out through the heart, be pumped up to the head, and cause the afore mentioned stroke.
Sorry for the long-winded note but it can't be said any other way. Yes, it is POSSIBLE to die from a shot to the neck, but spending too much time sitting in front of a computor can cause blood pooling in the legs, leading to clots, leading to ETC. Makes me want to go for a run!!
Does this help? Guys, ANYTHING can happen eventually given the neccessary conditions.
By the way, I wear a JT 260 and have taken shots to the neck and throat. The E-Vent might not cover as much as some, but if you don't want to take the chance, wear something else.
Peace? End of "Flame War"?
This post has been edited by six one alpha: 20 November 2007 - 09:58 AM