Does a BB gun count?

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    Does a BB gun count?

    http://www.10tv.com/?sec=news&story=...274740369.html

    Monday morning, two would-be thieves broke into a home on Starr Avenue, but they didn't count on the angry homeowner fighting back.

    The man who lives there came home, heard noises and called out. He then heard some glass breaking. It was the sound of the two suspects jumping out of an upstairs bedroom window.

    One got away, but the other suspect tried to jump off the overhang into the neighbor's yard. He miscalculated, and landed on the chain link fence.

    That gave the homeowner time to get his hands on him.

    "He had his BB gun and started wailing on the guy, so, I guess that did the trick," said Eugene McCurdy, the homeowner's nephew.

    Police found more than a damaged BB gun, they found a blood trail that would ultimately lead them to where the suspects had a getaway car waiting for them.

    Police tracked the car to a south Columbus neighborhood, where they caught up with one of the suspects. The other showed up bleeding at the hospital.

    The two suspects managed to slip past the family pet, but messed with the wrong man.

    "He's a family man and he's going to take care of his family just like I would," said McCurdy.
    As near as I can tell from this story, the guy fought off two robbers by beating them with a bb gun. Good for him, maybe he should upgrade to something a bit more substatial though, since his BB gun is now broken.
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    Rule #1 is have a gun.
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    Sounds like if he'd had a large rock or house brick, instead of the BB gun - there'd have been dead bodies LOL!
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    Yeah, BB gun wouldn't be my first choice, Heck, I'd prolly go for a couple of Jack bottles (empty of course) off my wall to throw/ hit them with first (It's college, it's "cool" to have empties hanging all over the place). For bludgeoning, a plastic BB gun would be somewhat lacking.

    At least he had the presence of mind to do something and fight back, as opposed to doing nothing which usually has pretty bad results.
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    Not all BB guns are Plastic, The pellet guns I have have metal and plastic. The one I bought my son 30+ years ago was all metal and weighed more then my 1911.

    He would have done better though if he had used a tire iron or a shovel handle.

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    They police said that they found the damaged bb gun, so I figured it was a plastic one, because most of the metal ones I have shot probably wouldn't have been really damaged if you hit someone with them. I shoot one almost every week that is metal and weighs more than my 1911 does.
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    if I had to have a BB gun for protection, it would certainly be a co2 powered repeater. No pump bb guns here! lol.. excuse me bad guy.. I have to pump my bb gun so I can shoot again.. give me a second.

    Maybe some people just don't care, but myself personally, I would not want to get shot by a bb gun.. no thanks. You pull a bb gun on me and I'm gettin the heck out of dodge.

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    A BB gun may count, but, not for much.
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    Sounds more like he had a BB "bat" than a gun. Still, the proper result occurred ... with the goblins in custody and the family okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones View Post
    A BB gun may count, but, not for much.
    I agree. Better than nothing, worse than being properly armed.

    In this scenario, with the bad guys running away already, there wasn't much use for a real gun... assuming they didn't turn around and come back, of course.
    eschew obfuscation

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    A pellet gun can put a hole in you. Mine will shoot through both sides of a metal garbage can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom G View Post
    A pellet gun can put a hole in you.
    So will a needle...


    Does a BB gun count?

    I guess it did this time.
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    If it puts the BG's on the run I'm not going to knock it, even if I don't trust it for myself.
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