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5 Pieces of Gun Advice That Are Way Off Target

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Some advice is better then others. Here are five pieces of gun advice that could have been better.

There is always that one guy. You’ve seen him. He hangs out at the local gun store. He’s constantly at the range. He’s a member of the gun club down the road. He always has a bit of advice for new and old shooters alike; something that was passed down to him from his father, uncle or the last instructor he worked with.

He wants to make sure he shares his knowledge. But how good is it? Is it accurate for the modern world? Is it exaggerated? Did he make it up to sound gun-smart?

Now to be fair, there are a lot gun aficionados who have good advice. There are things they have learned over the years that could help you from making the same mistakes. They all mean well, but sometimes the advice is not so good. Ok, it’s downright bad. Some “tips” might just get you killed. Being able to distinguish the good, from the bad, from the dangerous is sometimes harder then one might think.

Here are five of some of the worst pieces of advice that has been circulated.

  • “When someone is breaking in, just rack the shotgun slide. When they hear that sound, they will run off in fear.” 

    I am very surprised this one is still being perpetuated. While in theory this is something we would all prefer, it can go terribly wrong. What if the intruder doesn’t hear it? What if they don’t care? They could be high on drugs or just that determined. I would hope this is not your only home defense plan. Are you ready to take the next step if they don’t run?

  • “You don’t need/shouldn’t use an AR-15 for home defense. A shotgun is better because it won’t penetrate a wall.”  

    This is just another shotgun rumor being spread around, and it is just not true. Bird shot, buckshot, or slugs will all penetrate drywall. There are many ballistics test videos on YouTube showing this. Always know your target and what’s behind it. Besides, not everyone in the household can use a shotgun. They are big, heavy and have a lot of kick. An AR-15 is lighter, easy to operate and control, and has less recoil.

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  • “Don’t use hollow point rounds. If you go to trial, they will use that against you.” 

    While none of us want to have to use our firearm to defend ourselves, the reality is there may come a day when we need to. Unfortunately, whether we use hollow point rounds or not, that is not the only thing the prosecutor will focus on. Besides, if law enforcement uses them, that’s good enough for me. A good defense lawyer could even argue that point.

  • “Drag the body inside before calling the police.” 

    We’ll have to assume someone was obviously shot in this scenario. I’ve heard this one more than once in various discussions/arguments/classes (thankfully the instructor never said it). Not only is this a bad idea, it’s illegal. That is tampering with evidence and can get you in a lot more trouble with the police. If you have to defend your home, leave everything as it is and call the police. Let them sort it out later. Besides, no matter how well you think you covered it, they will know.

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  • “Never carry with one in the chamber/under the hammer.” 

    My response to this is always, why? I have heard many answers. “That way if you accidentally pull the trigger/drop it, it won’t go off,” “It’s illegal in my state,” or “I want to be as safe as I can, so I will just rack one into the chamber when I need it.” All of those are fallacies. First off, don’t put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire. Yes, some older revolvers and early striker-fired pistols could possibly go off if one was in the chamber, but modern pistols are designed not to discharge. Since most revolvers are not percussion cap fired any longer, it has less of a chance of happening. As for getting ready before it’s needed, I wonder if those people have ever run a Tueller Drill. With someone coming at you, you won’t have time to get your pistol ready.

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As you can see, there are all kinds of advice from all kinds of people. It’s up to you to research and find out what is true or not. Believing bad advice can cause you more trouble than you need. Be smart about your guns.

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5 Pieces of Gun Advice That Are Way Off Target