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Offline TJ

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Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« on: March 17, 2009, 09:55:34 PM »
Forgive me if I put this in the wrong section, but I guess a paintball gun could be considered an "airgun". Ill start this off after watching a training video of LEO's using paintball and reball (think rubber "paintballs"). I paintball a lot and I was thinking, if either in a small riot situation or confrontation that would not require the use of deadly force, something like a paintball pistol loaded with rubber or hard cased paintballs could be a decent use with the exception of the target possibly having a deadly weapon, you would want to have a backup. The actual paint could prove as a marking ability for identification also. I will also add that one company (cannot remember name) makes "paintballs" that have the equivilent of OC/ Pepper spray in it, I think it is a rapid foaming agent that also releases fumes but I dont remember exactly.

So tell me: Stupid Idea, or Plausible as the use(s) described above?

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Re: Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2009, 01:15:43 AM »
Do everything you can to avoid violence, including running away or fast talking if practical. 

If you have to defend yourself, go for the jugular, attack with your most lethal option and don't stop until they can not attack you again.  Paintball will just piss them off and throws away surprise.  If you drive them off with a paintball they will come back at night and light your house on fire, then shoot you as you come out.

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Re: Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2009, 07:13:13 AM »
In my opinion, you want as many deterrents as possible.  This is especially true if you are faced with teenagers.  You don't want to be "that person" who gunned down the 15-year-old who was just doing a prank or doing a little vandalism. 

However, you don't want to be caught in a situation where you were facing a small group of people and then suddenly become overwhelmed and beaten to death because you only had Less-Than-Lethal munitions.

The argument really is situational and can't be painted with such a big paintbrush as to whether or not it's a good option.  In some cases, sure.  If you are in a place you can readily retreat to a real weapon, I think it could work.  However, quelling a small mob with just a paintball gun will just get you injured or worse if they really put their minds to it.

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Re: Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2009, 07:33:13 AM »

The argument really is situational and can't be painted with such a big paintbrush as to whether or not it's a good option. 


Nice pun. 

I would be leery of paintball guns even with dumb teenagers.  Pre-SHTF they'll call the cops and sue you.  Post-SHTF they'll bring their friends with baseball bats.

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Re: Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2009, 11:13:22 AM »
It actually wasn't even intentional...go figure!

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Re: Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2009, 11:19:32 AM »
My advice is to only pull the gun you want to be in a gunfight with. If it is post SHTF/riots whatever and I see some draw its 2 in the chest and one in the head. Think about it. Its some sort of chaos and you see some post up on you. Its real hard to tell exactly what type of barrel you are looking down at 20 yards. I think it would likely be a trigger for someone else to exert deadly force against you leaving you not much in the area of options.

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Re: Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2009, 07:32:10 PM »
although paintball guns do sound like a really good less-than-lethal weapon, I don't consider them the best option.  If a neighbor sees you from a distance shooting a paintball gun at some kids... maby some screams.... their going to call the cops and the cops then believe you have a weapon and won't likely hesitate to fire upon you. In my opinion, sap gloves, brass knuckles, slap jacks, stun guns, mace, and other similar weapons are the best. they can be easily concealed, work great, and produce as much pain as you want, limited only by your strength and persistence. 

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Re: Paintball Guns As A Less Lethal Defense...
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009, 04:37:55 PM »
i dont know you might make things worse they might pull out a real gun. but it would scare the hell out of them!