moyler wrote:I strongly AGREE with Dewittdj.
Look guys, the sound of anything less then the hand of God smashing the earth to pieces, is nothing to rely on. Are you going to ASSume the sound of you racking your SG is some magic talisman that will make the evildoers flee for their lives? You are kidding yourselves and setting yourselves up for potential failure.
Uhmmmm.... No, I'm not kidding anyone. As previously stated; if I just closed the action on my shotgun my shotty is now hot, and pointed at the perceived threat. Once the threat is identified, there is no question about using deadly force. But if the guy is a 14 year old neighbor kid who thought I was out of town and is looking for something to pawn, I don't want to shoot him.
Time is realative to immediate action. And if an imminent, deadly threat is attacking you inside your home, you should worry more about your children and your wife, than the life of that POS. And if the scenario is as described, a court battle is not likely.
"IF" is PRECISELY why I have no problem giving the dirt bag a final opportunity to re-think his actions.
I don't know the who or the why. I wish to NEVER take a human life, and if I took one unnecessarily I can't even comprehend the emotional mess I would find myself in. To me, killing a man for taking my TV is not warranted.
As far as "Time is relative to immediate action" is concerned, at least at my level of training
; I simply do not believe the significance of time lost by slamming the action closed to give an auditory indication of my intent to defend my family to the death.
I have put thousands of rounds through my shotty. Atleast 98% of them have been directed towards clay pigeons. I have played around waiting for a random "pull" with my action open, and closing it as my barrel finds the intended target and have noticed no difference in my speed or accuracy. I feel comfortable and confident in closing the action as my gun finds its mark.
On the other hand I have seen several new shooters ND downrange when they were nervous or uncomfortable. I have never been in a situation where I have found someone in my home and can only assume I will be edgy if the situation did arise. If that shadow turns out to be my daughters boyfriend, who snuck-in for a little one on one time, who is rummaging to find a cup in an unfamiliar kitchen and I shot (intentionally or unintentionally due to edginess) without asking questions or giving him the opportunity to identify himself, do you really think there wouldn't be a terrible guilty conscious and a court battle? I simply do not believe in shooting first, and walking around with my action open until I see a shadow or threat gives me a little more security about not bumping the trigger or thinking the situation through.
I almost never use the safety on my shotty. It is either unloaded, or the action is open until I am en route to acquiring my target. For me, slamming that action forward is a heck of a lot faster than disengaging the safety, and I doubt its different for most other people. Using your trigger finger for two different actions in series as opposed to one hand to ready the firearm for service and the other for eliminating the target IF necessary. I've never run scientific tests, but I don't buy the time argument, especially if people really use their safety.
I see stories of people shooting through windows at intruders, and I think its stupid. I can think of thousands of situations where I would regret shooting at an unidentified perceived threat. Maybe I will lose my life for it someday, but I need to get rid of the "IF" before I take another persons life.