Which gun myth(s) did you used to believe?

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  1. caribou

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    An acquaintance once told me a .22lr wont kill you like a 30-06.

    Dead is still dead Im sure.

    Lots of guys claimed the 50$ M-44 Mosin's were worthless junk made by pesants.

    Add a Zero to that figure now, 10 years later.
     
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  2. DustyGmt

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    My buddy's dad told me that if you put a stack of dimes in a 20ga shell that it would cut you right in half. I guess I believed him because he was a combat vet and was horribly disfigured in war but he also liked to drink JD and tell wild stories and commit felonies, if 1% of his tales were true, his life was crazy.

    Not really a myth but it's funny that my sister and a few other women I know thought that bullets, brass case and all, is what came out of the barrel of the gun. Like a lil missile I guess, lol.
     
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  3. hkp2000

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    ...that I should load SD mags like hollow point, FMJ, hollow point, FMJ, hollo point, FMJ, ... order. This way, I can stop intruders wears winter jackets.
     
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  4. DoubleMag

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    The term ''High Velocity'' on a box of ammo inherently meant better quality. The reality was it just sold more bullets. Sells more bullets.

    I guess ppl equate HV with better.
     
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  5. GooseGestapo

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    Actually true!
    I have to sell off a few ever so often as my gun room over populates....
    And my sock drawer is nearly full.
    Shouldn’t I call it a pistol drawer? More pistols than socks!
     
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  6. Carl N. Brown

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    The wild west stack of eighteen dimes in a shotgun shell myth.

    In my repro 1890s Sears, Roebuck, & Co catalog, $1.80 would get you at least four boxes of twenty-five 12ga buckshot shells.

    Mythbusters TV show showed that coins have horrible aerodynamics and poor penetration at what I'd consider cross-the-room distance.

    Maybe someone at sometime in the Olde West someone loaded washers in a shotgun shell as a less-lethal "rock salt" butt stinger load. But eighteen dimes in a shot shell at a time when a nickel could buy a pint of beer with a bowl of beans and chunks bread? The more you think about it the crazier it seems
     
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  7. Carl N. Brown

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    Remember the hoopla that the .22 short RG10 revolver was the deadliest weapon ever devised and the bullet would ricochet all over your inerds, shot in the chest the bullet could end up in your brain or leg?

    I read a forensic pathology book that documented that rounds like the .22 short or shotgun birdshot penetrated about three inches of flesh, could enter a vein or artery, circulate, and end up stopping in a blood vessel smaller than the projectile.

    Not quite the same as ricocheting around the body ripping up flesh as it tore about as described in the Saturday Night Special op-eds. More like a blood clot circulating til it stopped someplace inconvenient.
     
  8. C.R.

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    The dimes in a shotgun shell came out of some old western movie I cant recall the name. The fellow with the shotgun lets fly and then says "the best two bucks I ever spent"
     
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  9. Rex in OTZ

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    Actually knew a guy get some prision time for murder 2.
    Long haul trucker wed a divorcee w teen daughter.
    He left for a job, broke down a few miles away and hitched back home to find loving wife and daughter in his bed loving on some guy they brought home from town.
    Angery be grabbed his Ruger Single- 6 full of rat shot he had hanging by the washing machine and peppered both skank's in the butt, he shot playboy in the arm (raised to shield his face) and some that rat shot, like you said entered a vein on soft underside of arm according to the medical examinor killing the guy.
     
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  10. Carl N. Brown

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    Sometimes when shot inside a vein or artery reaches a stopping place, in the brain it may trigger a stroke, in the heart a stoppage.

    Hmm. My .410 with birdshot potentially could kill an attacking bear. After it ate me and pooped me out.
     
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    More likely the shot severed the brachial artery, which runs down the inside of the upper arm, and is covered by a relatively thin layer of muscle. A cut brachial artey can result in unconsciousness in as little as 15 seconds, and death in as little as 90 seconds.
     
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  12. The Last Outlaw

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    That would be Young Guns
     
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  13. Speedo66

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    The reputation of the vaunted recoil of a 1911 with the powerful .45 auto cartridge, that it was hard to hold onto.

    When I finally shot a 1911 I realized it was a pussycat compared to my 2" S&W 36 Chief Special with +P loads.
     
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    Bad analogy.
     
  15. P5 Guy

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    Using handloads for self defense will assure one is convicted for murder.
     
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  16. derek45

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    That the M16 was an unreliable underpowered poodle shooter made by Matel, and we should go back to the M14
     
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  17. BLACKHAWKNJ

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    The ideal self defense handgun has a high capacity magazine.
     
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  18. Bennj

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    Not only a bad analogy, but an incorrect one as well.
     
  19. John_R

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    A .22LR will just barely kill you. ;)

    And the police always confiscate the crime victim's gun.

    I used to believe, or more accurately just assume, that a "silencer" made gunshots make a cute little pew pew sound.
     
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    Before I joined the Corps I believed that there was such a thing as stopping power. I lost that belief in the first few minutes of the my first firefight in Nam. My platoon sergeant had simple advice. Keep shooting the until they fall down.
     
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  21. Oldschool shooter

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    I and probably several more are guilty of this one as well.
     
  22. Tommygunn

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    :what: This is actually true!!!! I've had it happen!!! I swear it HAS HAPPENED!!!:D






    (Who said it was a bad thing???)
     
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  23. Riomouse911

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    Squeezed in a Buggles reference with the .41 Mag and .44 Spl., awesome!

    One more I forgot... the .243 Win and .410 bore are “kids guns”.

    Stay safe.
     
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  24. Old_Grouch

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    Back in the 60s everybody who knew anything about guns knew that a .44 Magnum would disable any vehicle by knocking the motor loose from the motor mounts.
     
  25. Bristol Mt.Man

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    I heard many Viet-Nam vets talk about how the enemy used "tumbling" bullets and that they could use our ammo but we couldn't use theirs. In other conflicts around the globe, enemy combatants would turn their rear sights up to maximum yardage to increase the power of the bullets they were firing. The biggest myth of all is that if you buy just one more gun, you will have enough!
     
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