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"controlling shot"

Posted by Valeriy on October 26, 2006

In Reply to: "Controlling shot" posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 25, 2006

: : : English equivalent to "controlling shot".

: : : Russian hired killers nowadays practice a last shot to the apparently dead victim's head at a close distance to make sure there is no escape. They call it "control shot" or "controlling shot" and these terms have already been accepted by English-speaking meadia. Is there an English original equivalent to this expression?
: : : Thank you.

: : It resembles the "coup de grâce" in that it is a final shot designed to make sure the subject is dead. However, the purpose of the "coup de grâce" is to end the victim's suffering, that of the "controlling shot" just to make sure he's dead. On television they describe it mostly in longhand, saying things like "just to make sure." On the other hand, someone with gangster connections may come along and give us the right technical term.
: : SS

: While we wait for a helpful gangster to come along, I'll just say that we often hear this type of shooting described on the news as "execution style".

: I wonder if a helpful hunter or James Bond afficionado might also be able to shed some light on the subject.

Thank you. I know the meaning of "coup de grace" which in my opinion is more or less matched by the English "mercy killing", but a control or controlling shot is a totally different thing - no mercy, just a cold-blood reckon. By the way, nowadays the term "control shot" is no more a gangsters' one in Russia: law-enforcement agencies servicemen have picked up it and use as an official term. Thanks to mass media this term is now known to all common people and regretfully has almost become a part of a current colloquial Russian language.