There is absolutely no tactical advantage to be gained in firing a “warning shot”.
In a quiet environment, sans a barking dog, chambering a rifle round MIGHT induce a sober, unarmed thief to flee.
How many sober, unarmed thieves do you expect to encounter?
posted on 02/25/2013 7:28:54 PM PST
(The obvious takes longer to discover for the obtuse.)
There is absolutely no tactical advantage to be gained in firing a warning shot.
There are quite a few very good reasons not to:
- First the obvious. You notify the intruder(s) that they have lost the element of surprise.
- You give up the element of surprise.
- You are now relatively defenseless until you complete a reload.
- You have to break cover from within the house to fire. You are more exposed on the back deck/patio, even in the doorway.
- You have to unlock the door for the intruder, thus making entry easier if they happen to be just outside the back door when you unlock it.
- Firing within a modest distance of a dwelling is illegal in most municipalities.
- Your pellets, although probably not lethal, can still cause injury when they come back down. You are responsible for them.
- Your neighbors won't appreciate your panic firing every time you hear something go bump in the night. Better to wait quietly in the dark. If it was nothing, do nothing.
- Warning shots are worse than pointless. If it is not a life-or-death situation, you shouldn't have you finger on the trigger, that is a lethal tool you are employing. If it is life-or-death why aren't you killing the bastard?
Joe's whole idea for a self/home defense weapon is stupid. There are a lot of good reasons to use a 12 ga as a home defense weapon. (I have one loaded with 5 shells of #1 buck next to my bed) There are probably an equal number of good reasons not to.
- What if your line of fire isn't clear? There may be non-combatants, pets, etc. in the line of fire, and stray or edge-of-pattern pellets may catch them. You really want to be able to aim and fire with some precision. (that's why there's a loaded Glock within arms reach at all times - celebrate diversity, tactical options)
- Your average double barrel is a competition gun, on the order of 4 feet long. Not an ideal CQB choice.
- Weight. Not a good choice if your wife is petite (like mine, she has her own 9).
- Recoil. Ditto. Both factors mean slightly built individuals aren't likely to enjoy shooting it. This means less practice/range time, less skill at employing it.
- Cost - have you priced doubles compared to decent handguns?
- Minimal capacity - two rounds. Not so good if you miss, or there are multiple intruders.
- For all practical purposes cannot be concealed, cannot be carried. Not easy to keep within arms reach if/when needed. My Glock is on the desk in front of the computer monitor as I type this.
posted on 02/25/2013 9:41:12 PM PST
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