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Fears In a Gun Fight. A Poll!

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by combatantr2, Aug 19, 2007.

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Fears in a gunfight, a poll!

Poll closed Aug 29, 2007.
  1. A firearm malfunction or a jam.

    226 vote(s)
    77.1%
  2. Running low or running out of ammo.

    67 vote(s)
    22.9%
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  1. combatantr2

    combatantr2 Member

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    So, whats your greatest fear in a possible gun fight, aside from getting shot? This poll question can also apply to a gun vs. knife encounter, gun vs. mob, gun vs. gun. Thanks.
     
  2. piranha45

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    malfunction
     
  3. ArchAngelCD

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    Neither concern me but for the sake of the Poll I'll choose the one that I can't control. I'm not worried about running out of ammo because I don't practice spray-n-pray. I carry a J frame revolver with 1 reload. If I can't get the job done with 10 rounds of .38 Special I have no right carrying a gun. Shot placement is everything. ;)
     
  4. Joshua M. Smith

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    Malf.

    Josh <><
     
  5. scubie02

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    getting thrown in jail afterwards ala great britain
     
  6. RH822

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    Uuuhhhh...Getting shot would be my biggest concern. My gun has never malfunctioned and if I can't do what I need to in 15 rounds (get away), somethings wrong.

    RH
     
  7. doc2rn

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    That is Y I carry a G brick, but anything mechanical can fail
     
  8. LSCurrier

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    The handgun I would carry, if I could carry in NY, has never failed in any way so that I would worry about its reliability - Dan Wesson CBOB in .45 ACP.

    For some reason my dreams of confronting armed guys nearly always involve 3 bad guys. Guess that is my subconscious kicking in the wanna be a super ninja James Bond type urges while I sleep. ;)

    Luke
     
  9. jad0110

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    Neither is a big fear for me. My biggest fear is of course having to be faced with such a situation to begin with. I don't want to be shot, stabbed, clubbed, etc etc.

    That said, my biggest fear in an actual fight would be not being able to react quickly and decisively enough to meet the threat.
     
  10. Geno
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    Neither to any degree.
     
  11. sansone

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    most home invasions with shots fired have a total of 1-5 shots. I'm worried about pulling the trigger and hearing "click" instead of BOOM:eek:
     
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    I trust my guns to fire reliably, and my aim to make the shots count, making capacity (15rds of 9mm or 30rds 5.56) a non-issue. What I fear the most is MDs fine tradition of gunny bashing. Some starry eyed DA looking for another feather in his cap, being forced to support the perps family for eternity, and the financial and social ruin that can and has happened surrounding a "good" shoot and 12 hoplophobes on the jury. MD also does not issue CC permits to protect the lives of common folks, only the elite, or their money, so if the incident did not happen at my home, well then my fist is fairly reliable, and I have a spare if I need the extra capacity.
     
  13. Browning

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    That would be it for me as well. That and getting arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for defending myself and/or my family by politically correct law enforcement and a DA looking to earn some brownie points.
     
  14. trueblue1776

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    Agree with Doc, I will fight like a Comanche regardless of the condition of my gun.
     
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    You don't list enough choices.
     
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    Getting gut shot.
     
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    Neither -- my biggest fear would be GETTING SHOT. :uhoh:

    Wes
     
  18. knockonit

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    poll

    I have a first hand experience with this, about five years ago, watching the tube a knock at the door, after opening it was an ex employee I had let go some months before, he immediately became beligerent and threatened me, i back up to the hall table where i keep a welcome committee, by the time i cleared the drawer with my s&w 38, he'd come thru the screen security door with a 10# log splitter hammer type tool, his buddy right behind him
    I got one shot off,hitting him in the hip before the sledge hit me in the shoulder on his way down, it broke my collar bone, I hit the tile floor with a thud, never lost the pistol, brought it up on the buddy holding a big pry bar staring at me with huge eyes, probably as surprised as I was at the turn out. Before I could get in position to shoot at him but he turned and ran like hell, the entry dude was all over the floor screaming and yelling, by this time my wife called the cops, 10 minutes later or so they showed up,
    Ambulance beat them.

    SO with that being said, I never dreamed it would happen to me, I always assumed that I would be able to put'm down before they got to me, Well now I have a weapon in my hand on a surprise knock, and step back after opening the door, my good friends know the story but new friends are sometimes a little freaked at me holding a 1911.

    Malfunction, never crosses my mind, and now fear feeds me.
    I always thought I was one of those guys always prepared, well I can say I am now.
     
  19. Gator

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    1) Actually getting into a gunfight!

    2) Not getting my gun into action soon enough.
     
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    Getting shot.
     
  21. vito

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    I'll bet if you only asked revolver users the same question, you would get very different answers. I would guess the main concern would be having the time to reload. I would rather have 5 or 6 certain rounds available in my various S&W revolvers than to worry that even round #1 might cause a malfunction in my semi. Other than my Ruger P97 I have not had a semi that was consistently reliable enough for me to trust in as a carry or home defense gun.
     
  22. jad0110

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    Well, if we are going there I think many of us guys would replace the "g" in gut with another letter. :eek:

    Trust me, it's not much better in NC (depending on where you live) from what I hear.

    knockonit,

    Glad to hear you are fine, more or less, but like you said I'd imagine something like that stays with you forever. When I'm home, I always have my trusty S&W 642 in my pocket for those rare knocks on the door late at night. When I peer through the side window, I've got my hand on the butt of that little J in my pocket. Very convenient. Luckily, all those knocks have been family and good friends.

    My wife on the other hand used to have a terrible habbit of simply opening the door without even looking :what: :eek: . I was at Wal-Mart one night (a place I rarely frequent at night, creepy parking lot). She called me, saying that some guy she did not recognize kept walking around the circle, looking about in an "odd" sort of way. She described him and I immediately knew who she was talking about, as I had recalled seeing him once late in the afternoon. Didn't think anything of it because I only saw him that one time, briefly. Before I could get a word in, he knocked at the door and she put down the friggin phone to go open it :banghead: . I stood still in terror for the next several moments, listening to the door unlocking. Nothing bad happened. Turned out he was a house-to-house saleman of some sort; so he claimed. At 9 pm though :confused:? Yeah, right. She said he left rather hurredly and we've never seen the guy again. I still think he was up to no good, I just think my wife is very lucky in that something spooked him. Someone walking a dog perhaps. That was about a year ago. Goes to show that even the nicest, safest neighborhoods like mine aren't impervious and you can't be too careful.

    After fussing her out, she does not do that anymore. I would prefer that she answered the door with a 1911 in her hand, but keeping the door shut until she verifies who is at the door is a BIG improvement.

    Sorry if that's a little off topic.
     
  23. Mikhail Konovalov

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    My biggest fear once I'm already in the fight?

    Killing the six year old girl who will always be standing behind the crook at the critical moment.

    Failing that, looking said crook right in the eyes while I pull the trigger on a contact-range head shot.
     
  24. theken206

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    acording to my dreams it would be a FTF but I say it would be not being able to protect those I had to, or myself for that matter.
     
  25. JCaraker

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    Close-in a malfunction would scheiss on my day. If I am somehow ever involved in a MOUT-type shindig, I would worry about ammo and why I am there to begin with.
     
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