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So Din Djarin's (Mando) Mandalorian armor has a lot of spots that the Beskar plates do not cover. enter image description here

How come no one targets these areas?

They are pretty obvious if someone who was an experienced marksman (Fennick), or even just a decent shot, could hit one of these spots, injuring Mando, and slowing him down so he is easier to take down.

Or they could even hit his vulnerable neck area and take him out in one shot.

So why has no one tried shooting these areas, easily taking out a Mandalorian, and gaining their beskar?

Edit: I will accept out-of-universe answers, as long as they have evidence to back them up and follow a solid line of logic.

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    plot armor is made of beskar
    – NKCampbell
    Dec 11, 2020 at 1:41
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    They all went to the same shooting instructor as the Storm Troopers. Dec 11, 2020 at 3:32
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    What are you implying? That fiction stories require suspension of disbelief??
    – IloneSP
    Dec 11, 2020 at 9:04
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    In an actual combat situation - not just target shooting - an experienced marksman is not generally accurate enough to pick and choose where to hit their target. Even a standoff, like the archetypal hostage situation where people aren't really moving around, calls for a highly specialized shooter who still might have to aim for center mass and pray.
    – Cadence
    Dec 11, 2020 at 19:52
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    @Firestryke There are no proofs in science! Hypothesis: Beskar attracts blaster bolts. Methods: Have Mando wear beskar and shoot at him with blasters. Results: 100% of hits on Mando were on the beskar. Conclusion: More research is required, but all evidence points to beskar attracting blaster fire. Experimental results were somewhat hampered by return fire from the subject, which hampered data collection. Further ̶s̶e̶a̶s̶o̶n̶s̶ experiments are required.
    – Harabeck
    Dec 11, 2020 at 22:07

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Because no one is trained to fire at limbs, for good reason.

In a firefight, combatants are trained to fire at the center of mass which is the biggest target and in most cases gives you the best chance to incapacitate/kill your target. Aiming for the exposed areas like the arms and legs requires:

  1. additional skill that your average combatant wouldn't have
  2. additional time to line up the shot the average combat situation wouldn't allow for and
  3. additional weapons accuracy most standard weaponry wouldn't be rated for

In the real world, Dr. Bill Lewinski (executive director of the Force Science Institute) had this to say on the subject of police officers aiming for limbs instead of shooting to kill:

"Hands and arms can be the fastest-moving body parts,” Lewinski said. “For example, an average suspect can move his hand and forearm across his body to a 90-degree angle in 12/100 of a second. He can move his hand from his hip to shoulder height in 18/100 of a second.

"The average officer pulling the trigger as fast as he can on a Glock, one of the fastest- cycling semi-autos, requires 1/4 second to discharge each round."

Pulled from The Atlanta Journal Constitution

There just isn't enough to time in a close combat situation for this tactic to be viable. So the shooter just aims at the center of mass, pulls the trigger, and hopes for the best.

You're right that there are a few vulnerable spots like the neck area but Mandalorian armor does a pretty decent job covering the most sensitive areas while still allowing the wearer a high degree of mobility. It would take the perfect angle and a fairly lucky shot.

For example, if the shooter fired from above, they'd likely hit the helmet. If they fired from the side, they'd hit the shoulders. And while I haven't noticed it directly on Din because of his cape, I know for certain other Mandos have back armor and a shot from behind would likely hit that. The shooter's best positioning would be directly in front of him and would have to be able to get the shot off without getting blasted himself by a member of a galaxy-renowned warrior race, an unlikely scenario.

And as others have noted, the areas not covered by Beskar aren't necessarily completely unprotected so we don't even know for sure that one of these miracle shots would work to take him down.

It just isn't a viable tactic.

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Those areas probably are armored too.

According to Wookieepedia's Legends entry on Mandalorian armor (emphasis mine):

Millennia later, the Mandalorian Supercommando armor was developed to replace the older designs which were now referred to as Mandalorian Shock Trooper Armor. It was no longer full body armor, but partial armor that left limbs almost completely undefended, and focused its strength on the vital areas such as the torso, head, and groin. The new armor was a collection of blast resistant plates, made from Mandalorian iron or duraplast, which were attached to a waterproof, armorweave flight suit. A liner shirt with a micro energy field projector and two layers of ceramic plates greatly improved protection around the chest, back, and stomach.

During the Clone Wars, Jango Fett's death showed a weakpoint in the armor's design that would later be fixed around 20 BBY with the addition of a Gorget, or collar piece, to protect the neck from rapid beheadings.

The areas that you pointed out which are not covered by beskar plate are likely to still have some protection in the form of a possible combination of: an armorweave flight suit, a liner shirt with a micro energy field projector, two layers of ceramic plates, and a Gorget. So those areas most likely have some other form of armor and are not worth specifically targeting.

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