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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by IN>IL, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. IN>IL

    IN>IL Well-Known Member

    Admittedly, being that I spent the first 28 and a half years of my life in Illinois, I am rather new to the whole concealed carry scene. In fact, I've only had my Indiana Permit for about 4 months now, which isn't nearly enough time to learn everything about CCW.

    Today I was at a local gun shop here in Terre Haute and the subject of CCW came up (imagine that?). There were three of us in the shop, me, the man behind the counter and this self-proclaimed "expert", who really kind of gave me the creaps. He told me that he carries concealed and then showed me that he reserves the first two shots in his weapon for CCI Shot Shell, followed by some gold dots.

    He told me that the shot shell will keep you from lawsuits because it's kind of like giving the bad guy a warning shot. Now, when I went through my two CCW classes, I was told there was no such thing as a warning shot. However, my skeptism was yeilded when the man behind the counter agreed with him!

    I am pretty sure this guy is full of dog poop, but I want to run it past ya'll here just to make sure... by the way, I have my weapon filled with the real deal, no shot shell here!
  2. Third_Rail

    Third_Rail Well-Known Member

    Your gut feeling is correct about it being BS. Good thing your BS detector is working well!
  3. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    If his weapon is an autoloader, than he is more than just an idiot, as shotshell cartridges will not cycle the action properly.

    If it is a revolver, than he's just a simple idiot.

    Shotshells for defense are only acceptable in a SHOTGUN.
  4. Will Fennell

    Will Fennell Well-Known Member

    BS meter is PEGGED

    This gunstore commando is not only an idiot, but unfortunately spreading BS to all that will listen.

    While I'm certainly NOT encouraging CCI shotshells for sefldefense, I've actually had VERY good luck with the .45acp CCI sshotshells functioning and patterning well in my various .45's[1911's and XD45 Tactical].
  5. IN>IL

    IN>IL Well-Known Member


    He was carrying a Taurus Millenium Pro .40!
  6. heypete

    heypete Well-Known Member

    The Box O' Truth did an experiment on this called "Snakeloads O' Truth".

    See http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot30.htm for more details.

    Conclusion: Near-useless against humans, very effective against snakes.
  7. Azrael256

    Azrael256 Well-Known Member

    Effective, nothin'! Anti-snake weapons start with polearms, continue into flamethrowers, include ICBMs, and stop at space launched mass drivers. I had a bad experience that involved a water moccasin, six rounds of snakeshot, forty-ish holes in his little body, and dad finally doing him in with a chainsaw.

    Dust off and nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

    And yeah, snakeshot for self-defense is roughly #5 on the list of the 1001 dumbest firearm-related ideas in the world.
  8. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member


    Ask him why he doesn't carry the first two blanks.

    Then ask him if he's ever heard of Darwin :rolleyes:
  9. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Well-Known Member

    I carry a .22/6" revolver if I'm going into a "snakey" area. Any snake more than 4' from me is safe. If he isn't poisonous he can crawl across my foot.
    I tried the CCI shotshells when I first saw them. Into a piece of paper, from about 6', I got 165 holes in a circle that was basketball size. I've only shot two snakes...very dead, one shot each.
    There is NO WAY I would ever think of them for self defense. No way.
  10. Hanzo581

    Hanzo581 Well-Known Member

    Will Fennel

    Hey I noticed you said you shoot shotshells in your XD45 tactical, I have a question, when I went to my local gun store to buy some for my new XD45 service the guy for some strange reason asked me if I was shooting it out of the new XD45, I said actually yeah, he then said Springfield highly recommends not doing that....I walked away a little perplexed....anyone ever hear this?
  11. wolfman01

    wolfman01 Well-Known Member

    The only warning I'm interested in giving a BG regarding their imminent and serious change in their health, is the time it takes for me to draw my weapon. IMO, it sounds like a good way to end up dead yourself.
  12. That's all you needed to say! Self-proclaimed firearms expert is kinda like self-proclaimed special ops. The real ones don't tell you they're one of the real ones.

    Taurus makes a .410 revolver, but that is only good for blinding someone at extremely close range.
  13. akulahawk

    akulahawk Active Member

    Shot Shells

    They're only useful against humans if you want them to die in 2 or 3 weeks from an infection. That is assuming the human you just shot didn't get antibiotics or seek any other medical care.

    About the most good they'll do is blind them (if they're not wearing glasses) and scare them with a bang noise.

    Besides, if you're going to shoot them, make sure it is a full-on defensive load and not something about as worthless as a blank. No warning shots. Many verbal warnings, OK. Do NOT fire warning shots.
  14. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I am not a lawyer but I have read that shooting to maim, as with pistol shotshells, is less legally defensable than shooting to "stop" with, say, a hollowpoint or three. Either you fear for your life, or you don't.
  15. FrogClan

    FrogClan Well-Known Member

    Shot shells will cycle an autoloader properly. I've used them in a Kimber 1911 (.45) a Colt 1911 (.45) and a Glock 19 (9mm). No problems. Your experience may vary and it is always wise to test fire any cartridge you intend to rely on when the chips are down.

    When not in town, I keep my sidearm loaded so the first two rounds are shot shells. My threat analysis for my location, etc, etc, says the most likely "take action right now" threat is a rattlesnake. Shot shells in .38, 9mm, and .45 will kill a snake pretty darn quick (other calibers may also, but I have no first hand experience with them). The .45s just about take the heads off.

    I would never use a shot shell as defense against anything bigger than a snake. For that reason, the remaining cartridges are GDHP, and when in town I replace those shot shells with GDHP.
  16. ndh87

    ndh87 Well-Known Member

    and that only counts at or very close to contact distance...or for self defense against squirrels, birds, etc.
  17. romma

    romma Well-Known Member

    Very Little

    will keep you protected from lawsuits. But that may depend on what State you live in and how Their laws are written among other things.
  18. OpFlash

    OpFlash Well-Known Member

    I too had thought of this and I do believe a shotshell to the face would be much more effective than pepper spray (blinded, broken teeth, etc.) without having to take a life, but I've learned the legal aspect is not good. By using a firearm you have employed deadly force in the eyes of the law, if you only use deadly force "partially" as in something like a shotshell, that means you weren't totally convinced deadly force was necessary and therefore you shouldn't have fired at all.
  19. weregunner

    weregunner Well-Known Member

    Shot shells are a bad idea for defense against two legged varmints. Warning shots can get you in trouble with the law. Many police agencies are getting away from the warning shot due to liability and safety reasons. If the shot goes off with the snakeshot then you have fired a round and the local authorities may figure in their own way that firing was not needed since you were not in fear for your life. Otherwise you would have a bullet first up in the chamber. Discharging a weapon for a no good reason is a chargeable offense and the CCW gets revoked. You can get jail time and fined. Then there may be local or state laws against warning shots of any kind. Letting loose a round not meant for a solid target that is on the attack is discharging for no reason. The bullet could come down anywhere. Bullet could ricochet. Bullet strikes object not intended to be hit or person. All these circumstances can lead to death or grave bodily harm. Negligence is a felony folks. Liability for unintended consequences raises its ugly head. Civil suite will follow. Now days there are state and federal charges that can be brought to bear for the same crime without it being double jeopardy. Don't be a jailhouse lawyer and quote me law. Unless you are a criminal lawyer one does not have the right to tell chapter and verse what the laws state. Laymen may not know or interpret the law the right way. There is also the case in the NRA Armed Citizen where a husband emptied his wifes snub revolver with ratshot into the perp and it had no effect. He then shot the perp with his own revolver and ended the attack. So dowhat you will. Everything posted here has been documented in legal as well as gun magazines and books by real qualified authorities. So, do what you will. You may get to be an example in writing what not to do in the media as you sit in jail.
  20. bouis

    bouis member

    Heheheh. This reminds me of how the famous explorer Captain Cook was killed. He shot a Hawaiian warrior with a shotshell pistol. When the smoke cleared and everyone realized the warrior wasn't dead, they charged, and all the real bullets in the world couldn't stop them. Cook ended up getting eaten. Learn from history's mistakes ;)

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