Skip to comments.Man kills intruder, accidentally shoots wife(MI)
Posted on 05/10/2012 7:32:56 AM PDT by marktwain
A 64-year-old homeowner says he was forced to empty his .45-caliber handgun while shooting at one of two men who broke into his northwest Detroit home.
(Excerpt) Read more at wndu.com ...
I bet she’s probably ok with it
He had a very narrow window of opportunity to take control of the situation, and he had to shoot while his wife was in a headlock and the other perp was menacing him.
Any delay, and the two perps would have been in control.
Too bad the second perp didn't slice open his jugular vein while diving through the glass window.
Needs more time at the range. Still, though messy, he got the job done. Unfortunate one of them escaped.
Not bad for a 64 year old in a high stress situation with a .45 Auto. Those 1911’s are hard to master anyway if that’s what it was.
They would probably both be dead now if he hadn’t acted.
Wife was treated at the local hospital and released. Far better outcome than what the perps had in mind.
My gut tells me that she’ll forgive him.
“Those 1911s are hard to master anyway if thats what it was.”
Smoothest and easiest gun in the world to shoot.
I think the .45 is really hard to shoot, darn thing is too big
The trick to the .45 Auto is to manhandle it and don't be dainty. Use both hands and keep both eyes open and empty the mag on target. It'll get 'er done. Just remember it is not a finesse weapon.
It’s one of the smallest pistols out there, by far the slimmmest.
“Those 1911s are hard to master anyway if thats what it was.
Smoothest and easiest gun in the world to shoot.”
You beat me to it. I don’t own one but I’ve shot some really nice ones and they are easy, and fun, to shoot. My Gen4 Glock G22 is pretty easy to shoot too and holds 16 rounds.
oh well i am thinking of the .45 I had to practice at the range with in the Army. Impossible to shoot
Maybe as a younger you that pistol seemed so big and powerful. Other than compact pistols like small revolvers and pocket pistols the 1911 is one of the smallest pistols out there, certainly one of the smallest automatics.
Just curious, had you ever shot a handgun before then? When I say it’s easy to shoot I mean compared to my .40s, 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum. It does recoil but it’s very manageable for the size of the cartridge and bullet.
I only weigh 100 pounds.......maybe that had something to do with it
I have shot other handguns since that are way way easier, not a clunky and that you don’t have to wrestle with, but I am not by any means or stretch of the imagination an expert, far from it
I agree, I have the Colt 10mm Delta Elite and the best thing I like about it is I can get my hand around it and control it so well compared to the wider staggered magazine grips like the Beretta and Glock.
The 1911 frame is my favorite of any full size automatics I have ever handled, 101 years and still among the best there is.
“I only weigh 100 pounds.......maybe that had something to do with it”
I guess it might. I’m 6’ and 250 lbs and have catcher’s mitts for hands.
those range pistols were so worn out you could stand in a barn and not hit a wall. Try one that has been worked on by a good gun smith. The are smooth and bad.
The shooting-your-wife-to-defend-her situation is one in which it’s nice to have a .45 and not just the 12 ga. Even the most understanding wife might get irritable about being blasted with buckshot.
I was going to say the same thing. My father used to say that the only way to hit the side of a barn with one of those was if you were standing inside the barn. But then he shot with one hand, arm extended.
She’ll forgive, but you can bet your bottom dollar she won’t forget.
“Oh, your daughter looks so pretty graduating from college. She was the one born 2 months, 6 days and seven hours after my husband shot me in the arm.”
so does the second perp get charged for the death of the other perp?
Not all are.
LOL! You got that one right!
I shoot much better with a 1911. The weight of the pistol steadies my hand. I also find the 1911 very easy to shoot and not the least bit complex. Due to its design accidental discharges are a sign of massive stupidity on the user of the weapon. The 1911 does not go bang unless you want it to go bang. Also when you want it to go bang, it will go bang! Also a 45ACP powerball ammunition by Corbon will mess you up bad!
If he wasn’t her hero before he is now.
How many rounds did he have?
Take some classes and learn how to "run the gun."
Then you can learn how to "run the gun" accurately with a 41 ounce 1911.
Why? This stock, out-of-the-box, Smith & Wesson...
Produced these results...
You know it!
You're reading BS. The best instructors teach you how to use your sights. It's one aspect of learning how to run the gun so the bullet hits its intended target. Any moron can pick up a weapon and pull the trigger.
Todd Jarret teaching a class using 1911s. Note his repeated comments: "Front sight crystal clear."
The most important part of running the gun, is safety...
Watch Clint Smith clear malfunctions...
I personally take two training classes a year from guys like Jarrett and Smith.
Sights don’t mean much at less than 3 feet.
Many of the 1911A1 pistols that the Army used to train with were nearly worn out and difficult to shoot. I particularly remember coaching an officer who just couldn't get the pistol to discharge. I had her shift her grip so that the grip safety was pressed in more firmly. Then the pistol would fire. At one point before that, she was pressing on the trigger so hard that the gun was visibly shaking.
It was simply a mechanical problem with that particular gun.
Try a 1911 that is in good shape, and you will likely be pleasantly surprised. I was issued one for a divisional competition one time. It looked like it had been made in 1946 and never been carried or issue, it looked so mint. It shot like a dream, and I shot the overall high score for the divisional (leg) match with it.
Thank you, the others were convinced it was operator error. I can shoot with a decent pistol at the range and now that my eyes are fixed I can shoot well.
Nice! The new ones are quite accurate.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.