This image (from The Atlantic) shows a hostage being threatened with a Soviet made RPG-7. I’ve witnessed one being fired, and something tells me that should the RPG be fired the result would not only obliterate the hostage but also everyone else in the area. Also note that the photographers are perfectly placed for a face full of backblast, which doesn’t seem pleasurable. To cap it off, the RPG-7 has an acceleration primed impact fuse, so odds are good that the shooter would blow himself to bits at that range. In short, it seems more hazardous to the hostage taker than the hostage (as the hostage will DEFINITELY be dead, but a painful agony and slow death may be in store for everyone else too). For those wondering exactly how an RPG-7 works, make the jump for an extremely interesting video.