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Handgun Myths/Rumors/ Urban Legends

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by ryan3465, Jul 30, 2013.

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  1. ryan3465

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    Hello Everyone!

    First off, let me thank everyone on this forum for many hours of reading pleasure. Although I don't post on here very often, many an hour of my time is spent perusing and enjoying the discussions here. I am currently hosting a new podcast called Handgun Radio on the Firearms Radio Network, and I have been doing a little potential brainstorming for future show topics. One topic I've been considering is going over some of the most prevalent/famous handgun myths, rumors or urban legends. I thought that I might query the members of this forum and ask: what is your favorite or most heard handgun myth, rumor, or urban legend?

    Thank you!
    Ryan
     
  2. Guy Smiley

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    That dogs will talk to you if you own a .44 Special Bulldog revolver. :evil:
     
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    That someone would rather be shot with a .45 while wearing a bulletproof vest rather than a .22.
     
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    I liked the one years back about Glocks being undetectable at security checkpoints. Remember all pastic? Pfffff
     
  5. Guy Smiley

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    That a .22 short can't kill you. Yet the people who say this won't allow themselves to be shot with one. Interesting...
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Glocks aim themselves magically and hit everything you shoot them at.

    SO you can hold them sideways over your head while going the Gangnam Style, and you will still hit everything within your field of fire if you shoot all 17 rounds.



    The other one I always like is:
    All a .25 ACP is good for is PO'ing somebody you shot with it so he will come kill you.

    Ever see the ballistics gel specs on a .25 ACP FMJ bullet??

    I thought not.

    rc
     
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    Thanks for the great responses everyone! And Joesolo, i remember that Glock being undetectable garbage. I'm 24, and i remember renting a book from my JR. High library about guns that had a section on Glocks that said "96% Plastic, Glocks can easily pass through metal detectors". Being a smartass 13 year old, I showed it to my teacher who was a gun guy as well and said "if it's only 96% plastic, won't that 4% of steel set off the metal detectors?" Last time I rented a book on guns from a public institution.
     
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    rcmodel,

    I completely agree with you on the .25 ACP thing. While it may not instantly STOP an attack, it still hurts! My grandfather who used to carry a small .22 revolver used to say "I don't give a damn what anyone says about caliber; ain't nobody that wants to get shot with anything. Anybody that tells you otherwise is a damn fool."
     
  9. Guy Smiley

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    Indeed. Anyone who might question the validity of a .25 ACP sidearm would do well to watch this: http://youtu.be/vm3CP3ijPIs
     
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    Well, that was way wrong in the first place.

    The steel slide, steel barrel, steel springs, steel sear, steel striker, steel lined magazine, and steel magazine spring is for sure way more then 4% of a Glock.

    I'd almost have to guess it's closer to 50/50 steel & plastic, but that's just a WAG.

    Then you still have to throw in the metallic cartridges, that are all metal except for the powder inside them, to make it shoot anyway.

    So now we are much closer to 25% plastic / 75% metal I would also WAG.

    rc
     
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    Oh I knew it was way wrong when I saw it. It was a book called "Guns of Law Enforcement" and it was clearly intended for a younger crowd. I knew enough from reading magazines and forums that that was total BS.

    At least I didn't believe John McClane and say that "it's not plastic! It's a Glock 7 and it's porcelain!" :)
     
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    I just thought of a great one. In all your westerns (classic and modern), we see gunslingers loading all six chambers of their revolvers and then holstering them. Nope. The only people who did that would likely wind up severely injured or dead as there was no hammer block or transfer bar type safety on guns of that era. There were a few exceptions to the rule such as the Colt 1860 Army where the hammer could be rested between chambers, but those were VERY expensive pistols to own at the time. Twenty bucks I believe. In those days, a small fortune.
     
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    Ratshot/snakeshot will ruin your barrel.
    That's my favorite.
     
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    That glocks are reliable
     
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    Well, good point.

    But I can GayRonTeeYa if I was Wyatt Earp, or Dallas Stoudenmire on my way over to a gun-fight, or a night keeping piece in a cowtown??

    I would have 6 rounds in my Colt SAA's!!

    Some things you might do today are more dangerous then other things you might have done in 1880!
    And no good reason for them to be in 2013 at the range or hunting.

    For everyday carry?
    Certainly not.

    But hoofing it on over to a gunfight in the O.K. corral??
    You betcha it would be stuffed full as I could get it!!!

    rc
     
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    That a Glock will make you Neo.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    I have no idea what that means??

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    That anyone hit anywhere in the body or nearby will be killed instantly. (Many, many shows.)

    That the good guy can be shot in the shoulder with a .45-70, ol' doc digs out the bullet, and the good guy is practicing his fast draw next day. (Gunsmoke)

    That a cop can look at a wound from 30 feet away and tell that it is from a 9 millimeter. (CSI Miami)

    That all cops are gun experts and expert shots. (Many shows.)

    That a 22 "sniper" rifle comes apart, can be packed in a briefcase, then can be taken out, assembled, the scope put on, and can hit the target at 1000 yards. (Forget the show, but the rifle was a AR 7.)

    That a snubnose revolver can be concealed in a bikini without anyone noticing. (Charlie's Angels.)

    Jim
     
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    I was making a reference to "The Matrix" and how people think they've become a superhero just because they lay hands on a modern firearm. :D
     
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    Hmmmm? :confused:

    I Do not Remember looking for sub-nose revolvers in the bikinis when Charlie's Angels was on TV??

    Are we talking about the same time frame in our lives??

    I can't even remember looking at the J.C. Higgins guns in the new Sears & Roebuck catalogs much before about age 15 or 16!

    Never mind!
    My mind drifts sometimes. :eek:

    rc
     
  22. Guy Smiley

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    That silencers make even the biggest, baddest caliber as quiet as a gnat's fart.
     
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    That there is something 'magical' about .22 LR that makes it more lethal than a centerfire round, i.e. 'it doesn't exit and bounces around in the head/chest' often followed up with that they know an E.R. doc/paramed/x-ray tech that can corroborate these 'facts'.
     
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    I well remember a bikini-clad(?) Jaclyn Smith arresting the bad guy after reaching behind her back and whipping out a Colt (DS?). I confess that I was not really concentrating on the gun, but I wondered where it had been concealed. (Of course, the answer was nowhere; on those shows the prop man passed the gun to the actor just before the scene was shot, and the guns were often plastic copies anyway.)

    Jim
     
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    RC I love your replies the one about Gangaham style had my laughing so hard i was in tears at the mere thought of someone doing that :D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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