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Sued for using reloads or having mods?
#1
On a non gun forum I visit, there is a reloading discussion going on, and and someone butted in with this;

"To those that choose to reload ammunition. Something for you to think about. If that ammo is used in a self defense situation and you are sued (which probably will happen regardless) the attorney for the victim will use that against you. Conceal carry instructors advise against it as it will enhance that attorney's position. Too, they also advise against any internal modifications to weapons that did not come that way from the Mfg for same reasons."

This doesn't make sense to me, as a good shoot is a good shoot. Why would ammo and mods be relevant? I also can't find any court cases to support what he said.

Thoughts?

Justin
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#2
I have a Glock 19 with a 3.5 lbs trigger that I carry frequently. I'm not worried about what you mentioned above, but worst case scenario I'll tell them I am more accurate with a lighter trigger pull and if I ever had to use my firearm in self defense, then I want to be as most accurate as possible as so that I can eliminate the threatening behavior as soon as possible, with as little ammo as possible, and as to not harm any innocent bystanders
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This has been brought up for at least 12 years that I can remember hearing about it. I cannot think of a single self defense case where the person has been sued for having their gun "more deadly".

It's an urban legend, but not in the same vein as Bigfoot is an urban legend, cause bigfoot is real.
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#4
Ask the person claiming that to show them a single case where a defensive shooter was successfully sued because of a modification to the gun or because they used non factory ammo. It doesn't happen. Plus in most states with Castle Doctrine, you can't be sued if the shooting was deemed self defense.
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#5
I did ask for his evidence, it's been crickets since. Smile

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#6
I would not use reloads for defense only because you can't count on them 100% percent of the time. I know it's possible to have a failure to fire with factory ammo too, but less likely.
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nomad;63664 Wrote:I would not use reloads for defense only because you can't count on them 100% percent of the time. I know it's possible to have a failure to fire with factory ammo too, but less likely.

Reloads are made with factory components. Why would they fail more than factory ammo?
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Warpt762x39;63669 Wrote:
nomad;63664 Wrote:I would not use reloads for defense only because you can't count on them 100% percent of the time. I know it's possible to have a failure to fire with factory ammo too, but less likely.

Reloads are made with factory components. Why would they fail more than factory ammo?

Because the person doing the reloading might have screwed up, put in too much powder or too little powder. While that's possible with factory, it's more common with home reloaders.
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#9
You are not allowed to make your weapon more deadly per the Geneva convention, but that's more directed at using glass or poison or the like.

Maybe that's what he's thinking about?

I would have to say that putting punisher grips or "I eat souls" on the barrel might make you look bad in court, so there is a fair debate in that POV.
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streaker69;63671 Wrote:
Warpt762x39;63669 Wrote:

Because the person doing the reloading might have screwed up, put in too much powder or too little powder. While that's possible with factory, it's more common with home reloaders.

I did that ONCE.....Angry with my 50. Forgot to put powder in it. Well that wasn't fun trying to get the bullet out of the barrel. Ended up removing a bullet from a charged case and taping the end up and putting it in the chamber and using a broom handle to push the butterfly trigger down while i was standing in the bed of my truck and the gun was under the tail gate (for shrapnel protection)Ninja Talk about keyholeing..damn near took a 12" dia tree downAnim_50cal

Other than that, reloads are just as good if not better than factory ammo.
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