Thread: Unintended Fire
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Old December 28, 2012, 06:11 PM   #31
357 Python
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I had a firearms instructor once who said that the more you handle a firearm the closer you get to that unintended discharge. Glad nobody got hurt and the only damage was to property which can be fixed or replaced (most of the time). On the job I have access to several Mossberg 500s with 18.5 inch barrels. The shot will open up but it takes more than 5 feet to do it. In the size of a normal room in a house the shot would spread to roughly 1 foot. Like others I heard the stories that a shotgun with such a short barrel would spread near 5 feet wide at a 12 foot distance but the truth is that the spread is not quite that drastic.
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