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Old January 3, 2009, 05:21 AM   #126
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very good idea (with big IFs)

...if there is a secure backstop. I met five guys who owe their lifes to a decent warning shot. And I know a guy who could avoid killing these five because he placed a warning shot into a secure backstop.

If the BGs are not drugged, the "sobering" effect of a warning shot whith a loud fast supersonic caliber (e.g. 9x19, .357 etc) is amazing. Even out in a free area the unexpected blast of such a gun totally resets your perception of the situation.

So, IF and ONLY IF
- there is enough time (i.e. distance between BG and you), and
- there is a secure backstop,
I'd prefer a warning shot over every other nonlethal first action such as pepper etc.
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Old January 12, 2009, 10:39 AM   #127
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I use what I call a warning shot. The BG hears the shot fired as the round hits him in the COM.
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Old January 17, 2009, 03:38 AM   #128
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Good idea

1.) Never go clear your house.
2.) Protect your loved ones but retreat and call 911.
3.) When you move in your house, you give all advantage away.
4.) A friend did exactly that once. Heard burglers at night. Opended bedroom window (2nd floor) and shot into his yard with a 12ga. BGs ran for their lives.
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Old January 17, 2009, 05:14 AM   #129
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As a retired Police Officer, Rangemaster and Military Policeman, Squad leader and Senior M.P.I. all warning shots do is decrease your firepower by one round, give the perp the chance to claim he fired back in self defense and increase the chances that YOU wil cause collerateral damage to another
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Old January 17, 2009, 09:40 AM   #130
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+100, on your post. There are rules of engagment that require warnings, those few instances aside, your post cut the X ring.

Nice to have somone with your experience with us.

Good Luck & Stay Safe
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Old January 17, 2009, 09:46 AM   #131
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Having used warning shots, saving me from having to kill, I favor them if the circumstances allow for them...(as posted above)
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Old January 17, 2009, 10:00 AM   #132
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Warning Shots

Verbal warning then shoot! Just make sure they are facing you. But if they decided to leave on there own you can not shoot them in the back.
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Old January 17, 2009, 01:13 PM   #133
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As a citizen, I do not believe in a warning shot. I will fire a weapon as a last resort, period. A warning shot is hardly a "last resort".
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Old January 17, 2009, 01:42 PM   #134
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I think in some situations, such as a woods area, a warning shot is a very good deterent. My "procedure" if in an open area if I feel a threat from someone while I mind my own business:

If I have the time:

1) Draw, present, but do not point the gun
2) If he continues to approach, verbal to back off, point gun. If they do not back off decide if a warning shot to left or right is acceptable for area. No weapon present from them makes this more likely.
3) If they continue to come with motive and threat to my life or obvious weapon pressent, then they meet a .40 S&W.
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