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6 Stupid Gun Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies)
Cracked.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Robert Evans

Posted on 04/16/2012 8:13:34 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Hollywood wants you dead. We said it. We don't know why. We don't know what they could possibly gain from it, but it's true all the same. Hollywood has been teaching you lessons about guns for decades and decades. Hollywood wants you to build your entire understanding of guns based on the gun tropes they parade in all of their movies. Hollywood wants these gun rules ingrained so deeply in you that you apply these lessons in real life. Even though doing so will kill you.

That's right. All of the lessons Hollywood has taught you about guns are wrong.

Dead wrong.


TOPICS: Humor; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: banglist; napl
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WARNING: Strong language.

Somehow, I suspect that my FRiends will have something to say on this topic.

1 posted on 04/16/2012 8:13:50 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cracked.com is blocked here at my work so I will perhaps look from home tonight.


2 posted on 04/16/2012 8:17:09 AM PDT by citizen (Sherlock Holmes as Romney might now exclaim "The game's afoot!" Romney now needs his Dr. Watson V-ot)
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Have at it, folks.


3 posted on 04/16/2012 8:17:54 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Myths

1. Dropped guns go off (agree, except maybe rim fire)

2. Glocks don’t show up on security

3. Bullets spark

4. Shotguns have a massive room-killer pattern

5. Range effectiveness = real effectivness

6. Bullets knock people down


4 posted on 04/16/2012 8:25:49 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Good article.

One thing is certainly correct.... don't try to catch a falling firearm.

In the commercial kitchens, the saying is "A falling knife has no handle"; the same can apply to firearms.

/johnny

5 posted on 04/16/2012 8:29:55 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jewbacca

Does this go along with not all autos explode when in an accident?


6 posted on 04/16/2012 8:33:25 AM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Slings and Arrows
FBI now teaches shooting from the hip as rapidly as possible and, if possible, aiming FOR the hip of the bad guy.

Het the hip/pelvis and they will drop...allowing you to get to cover.

It can take a man several minutes to die from a couple of chest shots...and he can keep shooting while bleeding out.

7 posted on 04/16/2012 8:35:44 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Slings and Arrows
FBI now teaches shooting from the hip as rapidly as possible and, if possible, aiming FOR the hip of the bad guy.

Hit the hip/pelvis and they will drop...allowing you to get to cover.

It can take a man several minutes to die from a couple of chest shots...and he can keep shooting while bleeding out.

8 posted on 04/16/2012 8:36:13 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I've always like the way a revolver and a semi auto make the same saound when you cock them. . .
can I say that?
9 posted on 04/16/2012 8:41:07 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd
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To: Jewbacca
Dropped guns go off

Well if it is a Nambu Type 94 it would. But then again The Type 94 is usually considered to be one of the worst pistols ever to go into series production.

10 posted on 04/16/2012 8:41:40 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Stupid and condesending article. Note to Authors: Know your audience. The Brady Bunch isn’t visiting your website for the education.

That said, and on topic, the real world affect of bullets hitting a perp is the reason 12 police will send almost 100 rounds in a few short second at a life threatening perp. This article might bring to life why the public thinks its odd that so many shots are fired at a perp when lethal force is used or necessary. Many shots miss and those that do find their mark are not immediate “perp stoppers” in most cases, as Hollywood would have you believe.

In a firefight, it’s not uncommon for a participant to be wounded without knowing it immediately.

But most here already know all of this which makes mine a circular assertion.


11 posted on 04/16/2012 8:42:00 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Jewbacca

Mine is DAO and does not have an exposed hammer. Therefore it will NOT go off if dropped. It will only go off if the trigger is pulled and it has an 8 or 9 pound pull weight so you have to make an effort to pull it.


12 posted on 04/16/2012 8:58:38 AM PDT by DonkeyBonker
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To: Slings and Arrows

Well, I thought the article was pretty hilarious.


13 posted on 04/16/2012 9:00:53 AM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

What about the Hispanic irresistible urge/impulse to fire a handgun (usually a semi-auto) held sideways?


14 posted on 04/16/2012 9:01:26 AM PDT by Nathaniel (- A Man Without A Cross -)
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To: Slings and Arrows

They left out the shooting a bullet through an airplane fuselage will immediately depressurize the aircraft, sucking everybody out through the gaping hole it creates, falling to their deaths thousands of feet below.


15 posted on 04/16/2012 9:01:46 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Nathaniel
Actually, there was a story years ago about a noted American firearms trainer (I think it was Ayoob) who went to Germany to conduct some handgun training with one of the police departments there. When he arrived at the range, he saw a number of the trainees shooting their handguns sideways, gangsta' style. When he inquired what that was all about, he was told that this style of shooting was very popular in a number of American movies and they just assumed that there had to be some advantage to it.
I tried this one time at the range and I can honestly say that I have no idea where the bullet went. It didn't even hit the paper.
16 posted on 04/16/2012 9:13:48 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Jewbacca

My favorites:
“’The element reported as the single most important factor in the officer’s survival during an armed confrontation was cover.’ Hiding. Or, not just hiding, but actually having the proper training to recognize what exactly would provide the best form of cover.”

And:
“The impact of the bullet upon the body is no more than the recoil of the weapon. The ratio of bullet mass to target mass is too extreme.”

“Even in the end, it took multiple shots from a shotgun and six additional rounds from a handgun to end the fight ... some of the shotgun pellets hit the assailants in the head, but did not stop them immediately. The toxicology report showed no drugs or alcohol in either [assailant’s] system. Handguns (guns in general) are not the powerful one-shot stop instruments of immediate death portrayed by television, movies and the media.”

Assailants have been documented fighting on after being hit more than 100 times. At least one bank robber has received upwards of 60 bullet wounds from authorities and lived to tell about it. We mentioned that Roy P. Benavidez fought on for six hours despite receiving 37 serious bullet, shrapnel and bayonet wounds. But we didn’t mention that he also completed an 80-yard run after taking a rifle bullet to the knee. In the real world, the power of a bullet doesn’t have —— on the power of adrenaline and sheer cussedness.


17 posted on 04/16/2012 9:14:55 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Once you see that it is all Kabuki Theater, you are free to quit wasting your time on politics.)
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To: Nathaniel
What about the Hispanic irresistible urge/impulse to fire a handgun (usually a semi-auto) held sideways?

I'm pretty sure that this is the preferred technique of most Amish, as well.

18 posted on 04/16/2012 9:15:46 AM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a filibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

I like how pistols make a cocking sound when pulled from their holsters...


19 posted on 04/16/2012 9:16:00 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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More myths—

-Pulling back the slide on a semi-auto or auto way more times than necessary
-Blowing up a car with a few shots from a small arm
-Shooting off a lock on a door (possible, I guess, but probably not as easy as Hollywood makes it look)


20 posted on 04/16/2012 9:19:02 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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