| >> >
| >> >>
| >> >> I don't see anything in the article that indicates that his weapon
| >> >> was unloaded. Many times I will rack just to make sure. So, perhaps
| >> >> he ejected one while injecting another. Maybe he racked for effect.
| >> >> Lots of ifs and maybes here. Anyhow, all's well that ends well.
| >> >
| >> > The robber's weapon was unloaded.
| >> Quote;
| >> The newspaper noted that Officer Jason Bockting, in his documentation
| >> of
| >> the incident, said when the suspect seemed to hesitate, "Merrell
| >> racked
| >> the slide on his gun to load a round in the chamber."
| >> endquote
| >> "to load a round in the chamber";not "load another round".
| >> Sounds empty to me.
| > When I was doing my quals training as a reserve deputy in the late
| > 70s, unloaded was generally nothing at all in the firearm. Not having a
| > round in the chamber was scoffed at in this context, probably less so in
| > a civilian, but was still considered loaded. Don't know if usage has
| > changed any in the meantime.
| >> Merrell could easily have been shot while racking the slide.
| >> that is an "effect"....not a good one,though.
| >> I would have just shot the robber;2 rounds to the center of body.
| > Two in the torso, one in the head. You are now safe and the bad guy
| > is now dead.
| no,double tap,then EVALUATE.
| doing a head shot after a double tap with the threat already neutralized
| Jim Yanik
I disagree. One, two or even three shots right to the head. I've two bullet
scars in the chest to prove that someone can still get off a kill shot AFTER
being shot in the torso. If you wait to "assess" the threat, your chances of
survival are very slim. I was very, very lucky over 40 years ago, that my
encounter was with a drunk gone crazy in a beer joint. I have since made it
a promise to myself that if I ever have such an encounter again, I'll shoot
first, ask questions later and take my chances.