Shooting Blanks

Shooting Blanks

This is a discussion on Shooting Blanks within the Home (And Away From Home) Defense Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; No, not a viagra ad... Someone made a comment to me that they carry a blank round as their first shot. While my first impression ...

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    Shooting Blanks

    No, not a viagra ad...

    Someone made a comment to me that they carry a blank round as their first shot.

    While my first impression is one of being aghast at the stupidity, I can sort of see their point. Which is using the blank as a warning shot, without the inherent dangers of a bullet.

    I wouldn't do it myself, but ok, people do fire warning shots, whether smart or not. A blank might prove the person really has the huevos to pull the trigger, and the BG might assume they missed and would't stick around for round two. Or my way of thinking, if it has reached the point of deadly force, make the first shot count, so it better be real.

    So what say you?
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    IMO any gun with a blank loaded for the first round is really only a hammer.
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    I am not familiar with blanks, but do they cycle the slide and chamber a new round? Is it a cartridge without a bullet or something? So for the stupid question.

    *sorry, not so.
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    My only experience with blanks is in long guns (M-16's, Ak's, and M-249's). All of those require a blank firing adapter screwed onto the muzzle in order for the cycle of operations to occur (hence why salute M-16's at funerals and memorials must often be hand cycled).

    Unless there is some reason that I am missing, I would imagine a BFA would be needed for a blank to actually cycle a pistol's slide too. Meaning not only would the first shot not have a projectile, it would require hand cycling a slide.
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    IMO , Mixing blank and live rounds is a accident waiting to happen i would not have them in the same storage area let alone in the same gun .
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    Good points, I didn't ask, let's assume it is a revolver. I wondered about cycling, forgot about the barrel piece - haven't shot an M16 since 1983.

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    Let me get this straight cuz ive never heard of doing this. Carry a blank as first shot so that if I need my weapon to defend myself where time available for me to prevail may probably will be counted in 10ths of seconds my first shot is a guaranteed miss with sound effects.?

    So I can prove that im willing to pull the trigger while facing someone who might well already be pulling the trigger or very comfortable with the idea of doing so?

    Nah I can just go sleep in the middle of the road at night if I want to die. And not have to deal with the noise and excitement.
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    I can only speak for myself,obviously.I don't carry a firearm to shoot blanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by high pockets View Post
    IMO any gun with a blank loaded for the first round is really only a hammer.
    I agee but I would NOT recommend using a polymer gun, M&P, Glock, etc as a hammer
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    The only use I see for blanks is sporting exhibitions, stage/movie props or scaring birds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunTeacher View Post
    So what say you?
    Not a good idea in a defensive pistol.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    My only experience with blanks is in long guns (M-16's, Ak's, and M-249's). All of those require a blank firing adapter screwed onto the muzzle in order for the cycle of operations to occur (hence why salute M-16's at funerals and memorials must often be hand cycled).

    Unless there is some reason that I am missing, I would imagine a BFA would be needed for a blank to actually cycle a pistol's slide too. Meaning not only would the first shot not have a projectile, it would require hand cycling a slide.
    Wow. I actually didn't know that and thought the adapters were just for safety, but it makes sense. We used to pull the adapters off and use blanks to kill rattlesnakes. The rifles failed to cycle every time. They were also less reliable than normal even with the adapters.
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    What are, 'whovos'? Isn't it bad enough that I can no longer easily locate the men's room at a Lowe's, or Home Depot? Now, I've got to google, 'whatvos' in order to decipher the correct meaning. What happens if I get caught up in a restaurant fire, somewhere? I might make a mistake and run for the Salad Bar instead of an exit in a confused effort to escape!

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    As for the guy who's shooting blanks? Statistically he's, probably, never going to need to use his pistol (A revolver, I hope!) for anything really serious, anyway. If he's having fun and, otherwise, enjoying himself, I'd just leave him alone.


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    The only time I have ever used blanks was in Advanced Infantry Training at Camp Pendleton with an M-16 and the blank firing adaptor. I can think of no reason to carry one for self-defense, especially in a semi-auto.
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