On a neighborhood forum, people were commenting on a recent car break-in. One person said:
I think the sound of cycling an empty pump action 12 gauge might do the trick for a situation like this. You don’t even have to get very close for someone to recognize it and drop a deuce in their pants. I guarantee they’ll think twice next time However, for the home make sure it’s loaded.
Can we please stop with this?
- Sounds aren’t always what you think. Ever hear a sound that you weren’t expecting, didn’t hear it again, and you shrug it off because you can’t figure out what it is? Yeah, that would happen here.
- So rack it twice? No…
- If you must make noise, how about yelling (from a safe place), “Stop! Police are on their way!” (and hopefully you have called the police prior to making this claim).
- If the simple act of racking a shotgun is sufficient to make someone shit their pants, I’d hate to be in the Remington or Mossberg factory because the workers there must be knee-deep in it with the sounds of racking all day long.
- Yeah I know, hyperbole.
- Ever met a determined individual that has nothing to lose? Think a sound is going to deter them?
- Bluffing is what you fall back on if you have nothing else to offer. It’s not a good strategy to lead with.
- Having an empty shotgun is reckless. What good will it be to you if things go pear-shaped (and they can, and go there faster than you think)?
- It’s a vehicle break-in. While it sucks and I understand the emotion, and while Texas law may allow for the use of deadly force to protect property (under certain circumstances – if you don’t know what they are, go read the law code), just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Beer & TV time, people
Please people. Stop with this “just rack a shotgun, they’ll shit their pants”. It’s terrible advice.