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what ever happened to the days,,,

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 280PLUS, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member

    when you could say "stop, or i'll shoot!!"

    then fire a warning shot

    and then let 'em have it if they don't stop?


    did that ever actually exist ??

    or is it yet one more hollywood fabrication? :rolleyes:

  2. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Hollywood and liberal ideas about how people will stop because they're scared of you... Most criminals I know (and I deal with them daily) just love those who give warnings - it gives them time to make themselves scarce, or, if they're close enough, time to close with the good guy and grab the weapon (which can be done in a frighteningly short time from close range).
  3. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member


    You know, I've always wanted to do the sexy hair-flip thing while drawing ,with a well manicured hand, a snubnose. I'll be able to hit bullseye on everything up to 100 yards away without even using my sights.

    Well, that's how the original Charlie's Angels did it, anyway. :scrutiny:
  4. cordex

    cordex Well-Known Member

    Never liked the idea of warning shots myself.
    It is still an application of deadly force and it wastes ammo that you may well need later.
  5. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Warning shots & shooting to wound...pure fiction ;)
  6. Duncan Idaho

    Duncan Idaho member

    Whatever warning the street thug needs should have been issued to him by his mama. It was her job to tell him "Don't be a :cuss: :cuss:, or somebody will shoot your :cuss:.
  7. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member


    so "stop or i'll shoot" would be a lot like a yellow light, it means go faster,,,


    i needed those laughs...


  8. Mostly Harmless

    Mostly Harmless Well-Known Member

    I've heard it said that if one wants to stop a street thug in his tracks, one should speak his language.

    Thus a polite "stop or I'll shoot" is inadequate.

    I believe the appropriate vernacular is "Freeze M---F---- or I'll blow your brains out!" (this assumes that said thug actually has brains, which might not be the case).

    A loud verbal warning (especially if there are potential witnesses) is useful in proving self-defence later if necessary. Wasting ammo on warning shots isn't.

    If the threat isn't stopped by a verbal warning, shoot until it does stop.

  9. Darrin

    Darrin Well-Known Member

    Warning shot? Like, up in the air? What goes up, must come down, and you are liable for that bullet where ever it lands.

    Nope. No warning shot.
  10. benewton

    benewton Well-Known Member

    Old military method seems best to me:

    1. Aim rifle at intruders COM

    2. Move safety lever to full auto, while maintaining the sight picture, yelling
    "HALT! Who goes there?" ( or, in the civilian context "FREEZE MF! ...)

    3. If it moves again, no matter how little a move, or if you thought it did,
    gently move the weapon's trigger to the rear, releasing it when three
    rounds have departed the weapon. Repeat as required until the down
    range motion has ceased.

    Simple, direct, and it still works for me, though I'm likely to use a shotty or a pistol in preference to an AR. End result should be about the same.
  11. standingbear

    standingbear Well-Known Member

    i concur with darin...what goes up,will come down.i remember an unfortunate incident where a guy that was running on foot from a stop.officer fired an warning shot intended to go over the guys head-only it didnt go over his head,it hit him in the back of the head as he was running down the field.it only takes a single stray round.
  12. seeker_two

    seeker_two Well-Known Member

    If you're one of a pair of criminals....

    And I shoot the crook next to you...

    THAT was your warning shot...

    And I'll be giving your partner his warning shot momentarily...:evil:
  13. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Two warning shots to the chest, followed by two warning shots to the head should do the proverbial "trick" for violent criminals.
  14. cool45auto

    cool45auto Well-Known Member

    seeker_two: :D :D :neener:
  15. MarkDido

    MarkDido Well-Known Member

    It should be more like....



    "Or I'll Shoot!"

    Or in the UK.......


    "Or I shall say stop again!"

    Carpe Carp (Seize the Fish)
  16. Darrin

    Darrin Well-Known Member

    I like seeker_two and Standing Wolf's ideas of warning shots! :evil:
  17. HeavyHaul

    HeavyHaul Active Member

    I like the way the Navy does things. Warning shots are NOT allowed. If you have to pull your weapon, and fire it, there best be a dead BG. Or you got lots of 'splainin to do. Like, where did the bullets you fired impact?

  18. Jeeper

    Jeeper Well-Known Member

    They beat me to the punch.
  19. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    I saw that movie, "Stop, or my Mom will shoot!" Only in Hollywood.:rolleyes:
  20. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    Everybody has seen "It's a Wonderful Life" a jillion times, si? I'm still jarred by the scene in which Ward Bond (Officer Friendly) hauls out ol' Snort and starts letting fly at Jimmy Stewart (George Bailey) who is showing a clean set of heels, running thru a holiday crowd. Musta been the way it was then, but it sure ain't how it is now.

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