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OEM Glock vs. Lone Wolf Timber Wolf vs. the law?

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I occasionally read that a carry gun should not be customized outside of its OEM condition for CC. Supposedly one that is changed to meet a specific owners preferences could be a legal point of contention if the gun had to be used in a self defense event as far as the legal right to defend is concerned. My question is then how would a specific gun like the Lone Wolf Timber Wolf bought complete from LW, which is completely custom, be looked at in such a circumstance. Would it be considered OEM?
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Someone with a better background in this area will surely chime in. I have three sources that have directed my way of thinking, and all of my defensive carry weapons are now OE. In Alaska, where I live, there is a "stand your ground" law, so citizens here are not required to do their best to leave or run from an attack, breakin etc. When it comes to civil court, things such as trigger pull are big areas of concern (especially in accidental shootings). Lighten one up and your opposition can make some hay. One of my sources was my son's father inlaw, who was a US magistrate and a very strong advocate of citizen carry. (His court was in upstate NY) We talked about what would and wouldn't look good to a jury. Ammo had as much to do with being able to convince a jury that you were at least partly at fault. Hangover from the "black talon" days. His advice was to stay away from military rounds, and stay away from anything named or made primarily for law enforcement. It seems that the anti's have done a good job of convincing a great deal of the non gun owning public that fmj is for piercing armor and that anything designed for law enforcement really should not be in the hands of civilians. Kind of scary, and it probably depends on where you live. He did say that things that were dubbed "defense" and "home defense" rounds were things that the antis had more trouble gaining traction against.

Your question about the custom is a good one. A retired police chief advised me against carrying any of mine. Again, it probably wouldn't affect the outcome of someone attacking me in my home, but say I got into a parking lot altercation that escalated to me pulling one of those out and it could be made to look like I was "spoiling" for a fight if there was anything else suspicious. Three sources, a man who sat the bench, one who defended people, and one who arrested people all agreed on was that in some cases, it depends on what a DA may have as far as future aspirations, when it comes to them building or considering a case against someone like me.

Reloaders are always starting from the penalty line it seems when it comes to juries. So I don't carry my own recipes anymore. If I really felt like I would be better off substantially by carrying a round that is specifically law enforcement oriented (but legally available to citizens), I would still do so, but again, that is the case where the three point rule (1 Shut up. 2 Shutup. 3 Shut up.) rule would definitely apply.

The most important thing in his estimation (the judge) for anyone who is going to be questioned about any shooting (applies elsewhere too) is to do nothing more than calmly identify yourself and state that you will answer questions as soon as you have advice from counsel, and DO NOT waiver on that. Worry less about how that will look, and more about what you are likely to say and how it will be made to look. Very hard, but sitting in any cell waiting for your counsel is a more optimistic situation than waiting your release.
 

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I think some of us are assuming some expertise here that probably isn't earned. It is why I rely more on those who have multiple experiences in the various phases. As for myself, and my friends almost all would look like good ordinary tax payers. Not too ripe for overzealous prosecution, but a prime target for lawsuits. Even if the other side is not awarded any money, you still "lose" those.
 

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Exactly, and it is why one of my friends who had a warning on his business about armed after hours protection was advised by friends in law enforcement and his insurance company to remove the sign.

The main issue is the perceived intent of the shooter not the weapon. For instance wearing a tee shirt that says something like “shoot them all and let god sort them out” when you are pleading self defense is probably a bad idea. If you fiddled with the safety like on a Browning High Power to get a drop free mag release and smoother trigger and had an accidental discharge you would have a more difficult case to make etc.
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I was also advised to say that you are having chest pains and are in need of immediate medical attention. This get's you an immediate ambulance ride out of there and several hours to get your ducks in a row with counsel.
I have heard that two ways: Some people have said that saying " I feel too stressed, sick etc" will give you some extra time. I was advised by the ex police chief and the attorney not to bring up any health issues as a reason for not talking as it may later be used to show you were not really up to making a critical decision. Just like getting in an accident with your car, you don't want anyone to know you were 20 hours etc without sleep. Just don't give them ANYTHING at that point, as your lawyer should know how to get you all the time you need to begin answering questions. he may tell the police that you need medical attention first. All of that is out the window in the case where you are actually having chest pains etc.

It is really crazy how certain things may work in one jurisdiction and work against you in another.
 

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Runs in line with what I was told for two reasons. NO additional information until you have an attorney present is one reason. The other being a more recent piece of advice that came from a policeman who says it is now getting to be common for opiut abusers/addicts to tell police similar things when they get picked on any sort of charges. That way they get taken to a medical facility first and are more likely to be treated for any easy time period while coming down or withdrawing. So lots of police are not too sympathetic and it may open an entirely new line of questioning and some complications. Honestly declining until your attorney arrives no matter how good of a politician you feel like you are is still the best from what the sources I have, say.

Probably not good advice, don't lie about anything, don't do anything to diminish your credibility, honesty is the best policy.

You can honestly say that you've been through a traumatic event and you want to cooperate fully with after you have met with your attorney.
 

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I am glad it worked too. I hope I have the presence of mind to stick to the advice I was already given should I ever get in that situation. The big take away is to pretty much do like the police do themselves and not to anything quotable until you have an attorney with you, all things being considered.

Well I've actually been involved in a defensive shooting. Requesting medical attention stopped the NOPD officer from taking me to jail for the weekend. Which was procedure when the corrupt Harry Connick was DA.
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If I recall that anything mistakenly said after requesting medical attention could be claimed to be under duress. ie I felt that medical attention was being denied until I said something...anything. BTW This advice was given to my by a family friend and Colonel in another Parish. I called him while I was waiting for the NOPD to arrive.
If for any reason you needed medical attention you should have asked for sure. As I understand you now, I think I originally misunderstood actual need.
 

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Well, which blue planet? Seriously, I have not been to court for a weapons charge. Closest I got was an over charge situation in calif where what was a case of two guys getting in a fight and both willing the whole way turned into an assault charge. That was in calif. Santa Barbara late 60's. I got to see how it was all fact based. Oh yeah. No conviction, but a lot of time and some money later.

I watched a friend and neighbor end up in court for saving his property with a rifle. Again lots of money and time and I think if you look up Neal Cameron vs the State of Alaska you can see how far you might go in clearing your name if you hold a gun on someone and tell them not to move or you will shoot. (No shots fired.)

All that plus what I was told by people on three sides of the system have convinced me that the more you look mainstream and your activities look mainstream will save you some grief in the gray areas. A justifiable shooting where the shooter explains what happened by saying "I pulled my ar10 just like I was taught to do in several tactical weapons courses I have taken,and btw it has all the greatest furniture and the best quick target acquisition tactical sight like the guys Blackwater uses and blew his shxt away, when he approached me with a drawn pocket knife" is probably going to cost you more than if you state your case in a different way. But all of this is off the subject.
 
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