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Cop shot with blowgun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jjmorgan64, Jan 8, 2003.

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  1. jjmorgan64

    jjmorgan64 Member

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    Alternate headline, "What would LawDog Do?"

    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6618555&BRD=982&PAG=461&dept_id=467992&rfi=8
     
  2. Kalindras

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    Pity there weren't more officers about...sounds like prime time for a pig-pile!!!

    :p
     
  3. Snowdog

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    A blowgun....

    I remember having one as a kid, they'd stick into wood to the point where only pliers could pull them out.

    I wonder is lethal force would have been justified if the officer decided to go that route?
     
  4. Ham Hock

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    A friend of mine was a police man in Baltimore city in the 70's. He told me that someone actually had him pinned down (no pun intended) at a stop light with a BOW AND ARROW!.
     
  5. El Tejon

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    The natives are restless?:D
     
  6. cslinger

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    Call me silly, or sane or whatever....

    but I have been pretty drunk in my life at times and not once have I ever thought to myself....

    "Hey ya know what we be cool, find a cop or other heavily armed individual and shoot him with a sharp pointy object sure to tork him off....yeah that would be cool."

    I swear we need to weed out some of the shall we say slow elks in the herd.

    Guy deserves an asp baton attitude adjustment just for the principle of the matter. Sort of a stupid stick for cops I would say.

    I mean I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer and I probably won't cure cancer or bring about world peace but come on now. Kind of like that guy who shot the Alaskan pipeline last year...what goes throught these people's minds.

    //soapbox mode=OFF//

    Chris
     
  7. cordex

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    A friend of mine got one of these. He tried shooting at a shed and some cardboard for a while. Then I showed up, saw what he was doing and went to get the air compressor.

    We got the darts to completely penetrate 3/4" cardboard (the stuff that is used to ship thousands of pounds of car parts). It stuck into the far side of the big box we were using, almost going through that, but shed the base.

    For the kiddies reading this:
    When using an air-compressor with a blowgun less is more. A quick tap on the regulator will be more than enough.

    Fun times.
     
  8. TarpleyG

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    He bought it through the "gun show loophole" I am sure. We should ban them!!! NOT...

    GT
     
  9. Coronach

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    Gee...ya think? :D

    Once again, the idea of requiring a license to procreate seems like a mildly good idea.

    Mike

    PS for the humor-impaired, thats a joke...
     
  10. TheeBadOne

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    I knew a goofy neighbor once who had one. Seeing what he could do with it I sure wouldn't wanna take a hit from one. Throat/eye hit could be fatal.
     
  11. SkunkApe

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    I have a 5-foot model that I purchased by mail-order in 1986 or so. The longer the barrell, the greater the velocity, I seldom see models over three feet long these days. I ordered mine from an advertisment in the back of an outdoor magazine. I believe they used to sell models up to eight feet long. Mine is called the "indoor model". The old ad used to show a man holding an anteater. The caption read "40-pound anteater killed without poison!", or some such. When I received the blowgun in the mail, there was an order form for a book on how to make poison darts. (I never ordered that.)

    I still show off that thing to my friends. It is amazingly accurate at close ranges, using an instinctive shooting method with both eyes open. Most of my darts consist of a length of steel wire that has been heated and inserted into a hard plastic round bead. At six yards or so (from the muzzle) the groups are so tight that I often shatter the plastic bead of the darts already stuck in the target.

    Its a lot of fun, but I never had the urge to get drunk and shoot it an a man armed with a gun, either.
     
  12. 4v50 Gary

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    Now I want one. I helped someone I know get one by having it shipped to Nevada. Thanks for the compressor tip, Cordex. Imagaine a nut going on a rampage with one of those? Numerous barrels, gravity fed from a hopper like the Renqua gun of the Civil War and a compressor?

    Ban compressors now! Ban tubes of metal now (OK folks, give up the pipes and conduits)! Ban vans (vehicle of choice for mass mudrers). Better yet, get rid of the criminals and the rest of us can have our toys.
     
  13. Mark Tyson

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    Would the presence of the scope or pistol grip make it a high powered "assault blowgun"? Or a high powered "sniper blowgun"? These blowguns clearly have no sporting purpose. This incident proves that they are the weapon of choice of criminals and they should be outlawed. Only the police and military should be allowed to carry blowguns.
     
  14. Blueduck

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    Two words: Sectional Density:D

    Plan A: Stick cop with pointy object then....:scrutiny: :uhoh:
     
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    We've got a blowgun kicking around here somewhere. Very fun. Pretty darn accurate. Seems like it penetrates more than it should. I'd call that a serious attack and throw the punk to the wolves so to speak.
     
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    Gary,

    Easy to make. Take a length of conduit 3-5' long.

    Get some conical paper cuts, and cut off the tips at about an inch. Take a razor and cut vertically about 1/4" to the tip. Take a screw and "screw" it into the slot. You can solidly set these into plywood .
     
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    Just what you could expect from a (insert word of choice)
    Bring a blowgun to a gunfight!!!
     
  18. sasnofear

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    gotta luv blowguns ;) esp when u shoot friends with em!
     
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    does anyone know if you can kill squirrels with the cheap blowguns that you buy at gun shows? i've always wanted to get one to zap all the tree rats in my back yard, but didn't know if they'd actually kill one.
     
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    "does anyone know if you can kill squirrels with the cheap blowguns that you buy at gun shows? i've always wanted to get one to zap all the tree rats in my back yard, but didn't know if they'd actually kill one." - cookhj

    I'm going on memory here, but as I stated in my previous thread, the blowguns used to be specifically advertised for hunting. Keep in mind, these were 4'-7' models. The forty-pound anteater was used as an example. As other posters said, the penetration is suprising. Pliers are required to remove the darts fired into a 2X4. A dart with easily pierce both sides of a water-filled plastic shampoo bottle. One rascal fired a bead (without the wire) at my college roomate's denim-clad buttocks. It produced a violent response and a large bruise. (Sorry about that, Ron, I attribute it to youthful foolishness.)

    My blowgun came with a number of lengths of 12" wire and a bunch of plastic beads and cones. You had to cut the wire to the desired length (generally 3-4 or so), and stick it in the plastic beads or cones. Heating the wire allowed it to melt the plastic and hold it in place. The instructions specifically stated to cut the wire at an angle with side cutters, but not to sharpen it any further, as a semi-sharp tip increased tissue damage when hunting. They had a bunch of testimonials wherein people claimed to kill animals as large as rabbits. That being said, and having hunted a few squirrels and rabbits with firearms. I'd say that hunting squirrrels with a blowgun would be inhumane. They're just not powerful enough. Headshots would probably kill, but you'd need to be probably no more than 5 or 6 yards away. A more likely scenario would have the squirrel running away with a dart stuck in his belly, to slowly die later. Field mice are probably the biggest "game" I'd consider appropriate for the blowgun. I tried this in my father's barn some years ago, but the mice seemed to know what was afoot and evaded me.

    Keep in mind, I'm talking about the 5-7' long models. I've fired the 2' models seen at gunshows, and they seem to have considerably less power. When firing my blowgun, a long exhalation expelling a large quaintity of air is far superior to a short, quick puff. I guess the short barrells don't allow sufficient time for acceleration.

    If you do a Google search for "blowgun hunting", you'll find a wealth of information.
     
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    I've had one of the 5 or 6' models for years, and yes they're very accurate and surprisingly powerful. I'd bet you could put the point of a dart into the skull of a human.

    If I made a traffic stop and some heathren shot me with one (or even shot at me) we'd probably have a short game of "Catch the Gold Dot".

    Rick
     
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    Oleg! Runt!...<whistle> here ya go...'nuther poster idea. Some dude uses a blowgun for hunting/ sporting/recreation [positive] contrasted with an ijit above. Ain't the thingee its the intent.

    What next ...close gun-shows because somebody chokes on the jerky they bought? Stain on clothing from spilling a soda?

    Ever feel like using an eraser and wiping the slate clean??
     
  23. HadEmAll

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    It's a shame Beasley survived the incident.
     
  24. Bruce in West Oz

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    Prohibited weapon here in Western Australia (and the rest of Oz, I think) since, oh, about the 1960s IIRC.

    Annoyed me no end as a kid to see the very same advert SkunkApe mentions in American comics -- and know I could never own one!

    But then, the ads for BB guns made me even sadder. (Yes, BB guns are prohibited weapons here, too.)

    Bruce
     
  25. DeltaElite

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    I might use my high pressure blow gun, aka Glock 22 on him if on duty and off he might get a Glock 20 blow dart. :p

    Of course, using a baton on him would have felt so goooooooood. :cool:
     
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