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5 Ridiculous Gun Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies)


4 Responses to “5 Ridiculous Gun Myths Everyone Believes (Thanks to Movies)”

  1. nk Says:

    I remember reading one time that in the Korean War we had 50,000 rifle cartridges fired for every enemy casualty. The author attributed it to soldiers firing to miss.

  2. ben Says:

    Not quite 100% accurate, but pretty close.

  3. Lyle Says:

    There several others;
    Cop killer bullets.
    The AK-47 is one of the most powerful rifles ever.
    High capacisy magazines mean you can kill more people (you could sumply reload more often – it takes just a second).
    Little if any distinction between the power of a pistol and that of a typical centerfire rifle.
    Little if any distinction between calibers in general (unless it’s a 50 cal)
    Little if any distinction between hit probability when using a handgun or a rifle.
    The handgun in your face, within super easy reach, as the ultimate method of subduing anyone, totally, any time, always.
    The idea that being hit by a bullet or a charge of shot will knock you down or shove you across an alley.
    A one-inch pine tabletop, etc. will stop a 45 Colt pistol round, whereas a .38 snubbie will stop a semi truck at 100 yards.
    Getting hit almost always results in instant death, but getting hit in the shoulder is often something you can shrug off after a day or two wearing a make-shift sling.

    There are new ones every day– far too numerous to mention. We were told the oither day on the History Channel that a “7.62” (in this case, the .308 Win, AKA 7.62 x 51 NATO– they showed us the cartridge) was an “AK-47 round” and commenced to show us how this “AK-47 round” could penetrate a particular type of “bulletproof” glass. That myth;
    A 30 caliber is a thirty caliber. Never mind that there are dozens of them, ranging from pathetically wimpy to hyper powerful, and the AK’s 7.62 x 39 mm is somewhat on the light side.

  4. Huck Says:

    How about the super wide scatter effect of a sawed off shotgun? Where the hero or villian cuts loose with a short barreled shotgun and covers half of a wall at less than 10 feet.

    I have a double barreled Stevens 12 gauge with the barrels cut down to 20 inches and the pattern is pretty tight at 50 feet. All a short barrel on a shotgun means is that it’s more compact and lighter, nothing else.

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