Never!!!!. If I have to pull it I`ll use it.
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After 2 CoM, 1 H..."Well, I warned you!"
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Never!!!!. If I have to pull it I`ll use it.
Never! Enough said.
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Never.When would you fire warning shots?
Warning shots=bad idea
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I would never use warning shots on a human.
In the wild, I might. The Harold Fish case here in AZ comes to mind. Fish was hiking on a trail when he successfully deterred two dogs (one of which had a history of aggression toward people) who were poised to attack him, by firing two shots into the dirt. The dogs backed off. Unfortunately for Fish, the dogs' owner came after him menacingly and Fish shot him to death. (Google "Harold Fish case" for the long, sad story). I think Fish's action vis-a-vis the dogs was not out of line
My point is, lots of animals that would have you be the dinner and not the diner may be deterred by loud noises. If I'm lightly armed (i.e., with just a handgun, or a shotgun loaded with birdshot) I might think twice about seriously escalating a situation that I have doubts about being able to finish. I'm particularly thinking of dangerous animals such as bears or big cats
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In the State of Florida there's a mandatory sentence for firing a warning shot.
The only time I actually fired a warning shot at a person was in Iraq. It was a call by my team leader. I would have been happier to put that bullet COM but our squad leader was following ROE.
In civilian world, I don't see warning shots happening.
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Warning shots are only on a ship firing low enough velocity, large bore ammo that the other vessel's captain can see the round as it passes over the bow.
I don't happen to own a ship.
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If you are firing, it's because your life, or the life of a loved one, is in danger....and you have positively ID'd your target and you are engaging on the target.
At no time is a "warning shot" warranted or required. Someone who uses "warning shots" may/can/will take someone else's life--in that case, they didn't get the warning, they got shot.
If you decide pulling the trigger is a good idea, you better be ready to explain what you're aiming at to a judge and jury.
"I was only aiming for the grass"---"yes, and you negligently did not take into a account the possiblity of deflection or ricochet, killing Mr X"
Last edited by SIGguy229; June 7th, 2011 at 08:57 AM.
Magazine <> clip - know the difference
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Circumstances will dictate what you do when your gun is drawn. Hopefully, you realize that every round you discharge may have a lawyer’s name attached to it. Personally, I wouldn’t be inclined to fire my gun unless it was to protect my life or my loved ones’.
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I echo most of the replies so far. In SC, if you are CC and have a presumption of imminent danger of death or great bodily injury, you can present and fire your firearm at the offending party, be it animal, vegetable or mineral. If you are firing a warning shot, you do not have that same presumption by common sense definition; you just cannot have it--if you did, you would not be spending the time to fire said warning when your life is in imminent danger--it makes no sense whatsoever----your presentation of your firearm and the resulting warning shot is called "brandishing" and "unlawful discharge of a firearm" and they are illegal.