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.177 Caliber CO2 Hand gun Lethality

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by expat_alaska, Jun 14, 2018 at 2:53 PM.

  1. expat_alaska

    expat_alaska Member

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    Hi folks,

    I have a question that I am sure you can answer. I have never posted on this forum section before, I am 66, and have been shooting since 1962 (10 years old then). I started with a Remington 510A single-shot .22 rifle and went on from there. I have never owned a pellet/BB gun as my parents would only allow me to have a Daisy air rifle, but they soon found out I was playing "Army" with other neighborhood kids, sticking the muzzle in the dirt and shooting dirt clods from it, and that was the end of that.

    Back to the point of my thread/post.

    My daughter found out that her 18-year-old son was in possession of a pellet pistol. She had no knowledge of it, nor what the manufacturer is, said it was heavy (like a "real" gun), and that it used CO2 cartridges. He had been pointing it at his younger brother (even though it had no pellets or cartridges) like he was playing in a damned fantasy video game.

    Compared to a .22 (Short, Long, or Long Rifle cartridge in a handgun), how potent is it? I know a multitude of small game animals have been taken using a pellet gun.

    Sorry to be so uninformed at my age. My main passion these days are BP C&B revolvers.

    Thanks in advance!

    Jim
     
  2. Bwana John

    Bwana John Member

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    It will put yer eye out...

    and the super high velocity rifles are known to cause death, the kid gets shot in the abdomen, the peritoneum is punctured, the kid is too embarresed to tell its parents and the wound is very small, develops peritonitis, and is dead before anyone realizes what is wrong
     
  3. stonebuster

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    I'm your age and in the past year got back into air guns so I'm sure you'll get more informative answers than mine. Any kind of 22 cal. cartridge is going to have more killing power than your average CO2 pistol that generally travel less than 500 feet/second. Most CO2 guns are in .177 or .22 cal. Can a pellet gun take small rodents and the like, yes, but they have to be well placed shots. Pellet guns have killed humans so they should be treated as you would a firearm i.e. ( do not point at anything you don't want to kill) If I had pointed a pellet/bb gun at anyone I would have received a major beating and loss of use of that weapon. In my state you can't even carry an air gun off your property without a pistol permit and has to be transported in the same way a firearm. Be sure you know your state/town laws about air guns.
     
  4. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

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    Jim,
    I will hurt at the least and could kill.
    Take him to the wood shed for a good come to Jesus meeting.
    I have 4 kids and 4 grandkids, only had to do it once. He forgot the basics and rellearned the hard way.

    Stay safe and God Bless,

    Doc
     
  5. mdauben

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    A CO2 cartridge pistol is not going to be very powerful (compared to other types of pellet guns) let alone any type of .22 firearm, but that does not make it totally harmless. At the least, it could cause serious eye damage if it hit there.

    If I caught anyone pointing any type of gun as my child, they would be in for a whole WORLD of hurt. At the very least, I would permanently confiscate the gun as 18-year-old or not he is obviously not mature enough to have one unsupervised. Any punishment beyond that is dependent on your daughter's relationship with her (nominally) adult child (I know at that age I started to be very resistant to accepting parental discipline without a fight).

    You might suggest enrolling both your grandsons in a proper gun safety class, or else taking them to the range yourself and teaching them basic gun safety and how dangerous a gun can actually be. Even if they do not own or plan to own any "real" firearms, I think its a worthwhile thing for anyone to know.
     
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  6. Gadsden2A

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    I cannot find any articles regarding someone being killed with a co2 powered pistol, however there are a handful of cases of people being shot with air rifles that have died. Physical injury aside, your grandson could get in a world of trouble pointing that gun at somebody who is willing to press charges. In Florida, aggravated assault is a felony that can get you 15 years in prison. Aggravated assault is nothing more than pointing a gun at someone. It could also get him shot by somebody standing their ground or law enforcement. You need to have a serious talk with that boy. Gun etiquette is black and white. No gray area. People shoot and kill their friends every year with 'empty' guns.
     
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  7. PainlessWolf

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    Good afternoon,
    I have been using CO2 handguns for years and have been lucky (disciplined ) enough to never shoot myself with one. Lead pellets would be bad enough but if you could see the dents in target traps made out of aluminum or mild steel by steel BBs then yeah. I don't want to get shot by anything so when those CO2 revolvers come out, so do common sense range rules. A serious conversation is in order. If the Police see it in his hands, they are not going to risk it being a gunpowder weapon. Good luck on this tough issue.
    regards
     
  8. expat_alaska

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    The other problem is he has no inkling that LE folks know that it is a non-handgun. One look at it by an LEO on duty if he has it in his hand and he will be a target. I don't care if he knows it or not but he had better get some smarts in the real world. There is a real problem with
     
  9. JohnKSa

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    Typical velocities will be in the high 300fps to mid 400fps range for a CO2 pistol. A bit higher with BBs. It will almost certainly penetrate the skin and could easily cause a nasty injury. Death is unlikely but not totally impossible.

    If he's pointing it at people it should be taken away from him.
     
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