Common Firearm Myths

Posted by RailScales on Apr 21st 2021

Common Firearm Myths

Generally speaking, there is a lot of misinformation floating around about firearms. Some of this is what is seen in movies and TV shows that aren't real. Some are just misguidance from those who have no experience with firearms. Others are simply old wives tales that have been perpetuated and tweaked over the years.

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People Fly When Shot

This is a Hollywood myth that has been ingrained in many people's heads: when you are shot, you are pushed backwards. Any hunter will tell you that when you shoot an animal, it either runs away because you only wounded it, or it drops because you got a kill shot — you'll never see something being propelled backwards. The same is true for humans. While a bullet does have a considerable amount of velocity (speed of travel), it is very small, meaning it has very little mass. Something so small cannot push someone backwards, let alone have them fly through the air. Most likely, if you are shot, you will crumple to the ground or stay standing.

When Dropped, a Gun Fires

This is a myth with uncertain origins. It could be from the movies as well. Firearms work by pulling a trigger in order to fire. It does take a certain amount of pull in order to have your gun go off. Thus, when you drop a gun, it's virtually impossible for it to go off. All new firearms go through extensive testing, including drop tests in order to gauge the chances of an accidental discharge. Older firearms with different firing pins could go off when dropped but, again, this is quite rare as well. If a gun is taken care of, well-maintained, and works properly, the chances of it discharging when dropped are slim to none.

Gunfire is a Fire Hazard

Another movie myth that is ingrained in people's minds: guns create sparks when fired. We see this in a lot of movies where bullets will ricochet off objects, creating a spar. This was created by movies so that viewers could see the path of bullets, or believe that the hero was almost shot. While it is true that metal against objects can spark, most bullets are made from copper or a copper alloy. Copper does not create sparks when it strikes other objects due to its chemical composition. The only real-life instance where you may see a spark from gunfire is from a rifle. This is because when shooting a rifle, the barrel and subsequently the bullets get really hot so when they hit objects, they then can spark. Still, this is a rare occurrence.

Polymer Handguns Escape Metal Detection

This myth, again, comes from the movies. This one in particular comes from Die Hard where a Glock is touted as a porcelain gun that "doesn't show up on your airport metal detectors." Well, in fact, Glocks are made with a polymer frame, which is a type of plastic. The fact of the matter is that a polymer-frame handgun will still show up on a metal detector — it will just be less faint. However, technicians will still be able to see the gun's outline. Furthermore, all guns have some metal components to them. Parts of a polymer-framed gun most likely have metal barrels, slides, springs, and triggers that will obviously show up on a metal detector scan. In the United States, it is illegal to have an undetectable firearm, regardless.

Hollow-Point Bullets are More Dangerous than Regular Bullets

RailScales is unsure how this began. This gun myth may have begun because a hollow-point bullet can do more damage than a regular bullet. Hollow-point bullets have been around a lot longer than many people think — since the latter-half of the 19th century when handguns were still catching on. A hollow-point bullet reduces its mass and therefore it can travel faster and go farther.

Hollow-point bullets do expand when they hit their target. This can cause more damage to the target, but it penetrates less deeply. Hollow-point bullets are used for target shooting because they are more accurate, and in some sniper rifles in the military for long-range accuracy needs. They are also used in hunting in order to ensure the target animal goes down. In truth, all bullets can do harm, which is why safety at all times is paramount.


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