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Rubber Bullets?

This is a discussion on Rubber Bullets? within the CCW and Open Carry Talk forums, part of the Use and Training category; Has anyone ever discussed, or tried, using a less-than-lethal (rubber) round as the first shot fired...then follow up with lethal rounds. I was thinking about ...


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Old 01-25-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
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Rubber Bullets?

Has anyone ever discussed, or tried, using a less-than-lethal (rubber) round as the first shot fired...then follow up with lethal rounds. I was thinking about trying to leave one of those in the chamber in case of an accidental discharge. That would allow me to feel a little safer about keeping the gun cocked...and if I did have to use it....I know that I'd be firing more than once anyways. I'm sure that this has been discussed before; what do you guys think?
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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Interesting point and definitely something to think about...something to remember though is every situation is different and that one round could make a great difference in life or death...In the heat of the moment of a violent attack would you fire the 1st round and lower your pistol or peak around the pistol to see if it worked to give the B.G. another second to work with? If you are in a setting like a mass shooting i guess you could just rack the round out and proceed with real bullets but you will have essentially shorted yourself out of one round...
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:17 PM   #3
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If my gun is ever needed, it will be ready and loaded with real bullets. I don't plan on ever using it but there are no second chances. I would never even consider a rubber projectile.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:18 PM   #4
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I was thinking about trying to leave one of those in the chamber in case of an accidental discharge. That would allow me to feel a little safer about keeping the gun cocked
No offense but if thats what you feel, you probably have no business carrying a gun in the first place.
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NO NO AND HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!


first off do you think you will have time to get multiple rounds off? You need to hit them with lethal the first time or leave the gun at home. Secondly a "non lethal round" will not cycle the slide properly!


As a LEO and instructor I would advise against it!
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:25 PM   #6
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Seems rubber would have a high coeffecient of friction and be unsuitable to fire. How do they do rubbbber bullets?

Logistically, firing a nonlethal round in a situation where you are exercising deadly force is a bad idea.
It would be like someone offering a liferaft to a drowning man and him asking for some kids floaties instead.
Or someone handing you a steak and putting a balloon on your tongue while eating.

The discussion of birdshot in a shotgun for home defense is along these same lines, and deemed a poor choice, if someone is threatening my life I cease to worry for theirs.
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If my gun is ever needed, it will be ready and loaded with real bullets. I don't plan on ever using it but there are no second chances. I would never even consider a rubber projectile.
I agree.

I acquired my XD40 through a trade from someone who wasn't comfortable carrying it because it didn't have a manual safety. The gun ain't going off unless your hand is on the grip safety and the trigger is pulled.
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No offense but if thats what you feel, you probably have no business carrying a gun in the first place.
I understand where your coming from. But, I have a long history with long guns and would rather carry a rifle around except that it is kinda impractical. I've owned handguns for quite some time now and spent considerable time at the range over the years...but up until recently never even considered concealed carry. So what I'm getting at, is that I'm not clumsy with guns...just havent gotten used to shoving a loaded and ready-to-fire weapon down my pants...yet. Probably everybody has felt like that early on but we have to start somwhere.
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No offense but if thats what you feel, you probably have no business carrying a gun in the first place.
I agree 100%. Get a pair of nunchucks.
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Honestly, I think you could get in more trouble using a less lethal route.. If your forced to pull that trigger your better off being lethal and taking out your attacker. But knowingly "injuring" without the intent to kill could land you in more legal trouble then a justified shooting from other stories i have read.
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