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Use of Force: Hollywood vs Reality

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Sam Spade, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

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    And to quote another poster: "Not too hard to relate it to carry issues. Anyone who chooses to carry a firearm, or other weapon, and uses it, will go through many of the same processes. They're all homicides."
     


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  3. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

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    In Texas, all homicides go to the grand jury.

    Hollywood does make things difficult. I'm giving a lecture on wound ballistics and selection of defensive handguns, and I think about a third of it will be trying to dispel Hollywood myths. People do not get blown back 6 feet with a 44 magnum, people do not die instantly. They don't sit and give you words of wisdom then just go limp. The only round that I have seen that stopped a person instantly every time, were direct hits with 40mm grenades, and those are too heavy to carry around every day.

    One thing they didn't cover, on TV, someone shoots someone, and is still on the investigation 20 minutes later.
     
  4. Aw heck man... their SA revolvers are 60 shooters, the 'Homie stance' is a sign of toughness, and running with their gun in both hands (either right by their heads or between their legs) is SOP.

    Hollywood is, uh, Hollywood. By definition it is fake.

    Deaf
     
  5. scottydl

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    You'd think people would know that. But for many members of society, DirecTV and Dish Network are the only outside contact they have with the "real world" ... so it must be true, right? :upeyes:
     
  6. RussP

    RussP Moderator

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    Depending on shot placement, parts of them might... :whistling:

    Sorry, Doc, I had to... :cool:
     
  7. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

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    Melon shots due tend to spray, but


    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCzD5uhSViY"]Myths Revisited 2 - Blown Away - YouTube[/ame]
     
  8. Caver 60

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    Good thread. Thanks Sam. Lot's of people (I know no one on Glocktalk does) don't realize that a 'dead man' can still kill you. Lot's of people forget about the dead mans 'five seconds'.

    Most hunters have seen a deer run 10 to 40 yards and even jump a fence (like I have) when their heart has literally been blown to small pieces with a centerfire rifle hit that also broke the off leg.

    Imagine what a drugged up individual could do in that five seconds after a puny handgun hit, even from a dreaded 10mm.

    ETA Being a retired military pilot, I can well appreciate the fact that sometimes you only have seconds (or less) to make life or death decisions.

    Yet the investigative agency has days, weeks, or even months to analyze your actions and decide if you did right or wrong. Doesn't matter if you're alive or dead, they're going to look at everything and figure out what you did, or should have, or should not have done.
     
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012
  9. SCmasterblaster

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    I wonder if all homicides go to a grand jury in the twin states? :upeyes:
     
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    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    Human reaction to bullet wounds is an inexact science.
     
  11. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

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    Or maybe it is an exact science, with innumerable variables.
     
  12. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    You are probably right. I would expect that my 9mm 115gr JHP at 1400 FPS would destroy a significant length of the spinal cord or a notable portion of a brain or heart. 5 or 6 rounds would be certainly conclusive. :cool:
     
  13. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

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    Not if you hit them in the extremities only. I've seen a number of people shot more times than that and lived.

    That's why I normally recommend carrying the largest caliber that you can be accurate with.