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.
A gun charged with the role of self defense, in the case that you are faced with an imminent and deadly threat, needs to be loaded and ready to use. Otherwise you are wasting time, dealing with a problem that you will have the rest of your life to figure out.
Your ASSumption here is that you will have time and opportunity to RACK that magical round into firing position to make the sound that saves the day. You might be right, or you might be wrong. 50/50 are not my kind of odds.
Chances are you will be on the reactionary side of the curve, responding to a bad persons initiative, late at night, with boogers in your eyes, in your new Christmas jammies, half asleep and confused.
"It takes fractions of a second, requires no extra equipment, and could very well save their life and a huge court battle as opposed to just shooting." -Zach
Time is relative 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.
"I simply chose to execute a less than lethal reminder of the possible consequences of their choices". -Zach
My point is, you may not have the luxury of your choice. You are assuming you will.
+1 Beside agreeing with your agreeing with me...
Mark makes a couple of valid points support the OP's position of NOT counting on the racking sound to have a "saving" effect.
The vastly quoted FBI studies have long supported the fact that action beats reaction and the added time that it takes to rack reduces the amount of actual reaction time that you have while increasing the distance that a perp can close with and disarm you before you have a chance to fire.
Recently, there are the videos of the officer, drawn down on the suspect and yelling at the suspect to drop the gun. The suspect waits a few moments and then raises the gun, firing off several shots before the officer could return fire, killing the officer.
moyler wrote:50/50 are not my kind of odds.
Finally, walking around your home [presumably at night] with a shotgun (not ready) and then racking it when you "feel" the need based on a perceived threat is ludicrous. You don't know how many perps are present, their locations, and you just gave away your "element of surprise" by making that [arguably familiar] sound of racking your shotgun.
The fallacies are piling up...
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D. DeWitt - MGySgt USMC (RET)
USMC Rifle Expert,
USMC Pistol Expert,
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