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Old 01-16-2012, 06:25 PM
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Using a paintball gun for home defense?

I am soon moving from my quiet Kentucky town to St. Louis, MO. Luckily I will be living in a nicer part of South STL (East STL is the worst) but I am still more concerned with my safety moving to an urban area with a much higher crime rate than where I am currently. I have a ground floor apartment with a huge sliding glass door that is the prime source of my concern.

I had the idea of keeping my spare t8 mag loaded with glass marbles in my nightstand (separate from my paintball gear and t8 to avoid any possible accident).

Have any of you used or considered using a paintball gun for home defense in this way? Is there anything I should know about operating my t8 or even a5 this way (legality, gun/barrel wear, safety, etc)? What are your thoughts?


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Old 01-16-2012, 06:33 PM
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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

Jesus man! Idk if you could do that without ruining your T8. Wouldnt it be safer and easier to get ahold of some pepper balls?
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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

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Jesus man! Idk if you could do that without ruining your T8. Wouldnt it be safer and easier to get ahold of some pepper balls?

I am not sure. I would be open to that but a pepper ball isnt going to do anything if I only hit them in the arm or leg or something. I'm pretty sure taking a marble to the ribs, or other bony part would not be fun.

As far as ruining goes I am curious as to if it would harm the internals of the gun. I have a spare t8 barrel and have a beatup stock barrel around for my a5 so I dont care if either of those get torn up but obviously i dont want to do it if it will just jam the gun and break it and leave me standing in the open helpless.

I am also curious about the laws around doing this. RAP4 sells glass rounds but they are only for purchase by law enforcement or military I think so perhaps its illegal. Honestly though if it came down to my safety, i could'n't care less about the legality if it prevents me from being injured.

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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

In terms of home defense, accept no substitutes when it comes to your saftey. If you don't like the idea of owning a real gun, then get yourself a good can of wasp spray. Those things are pretty accurate up to 30 feet. You hit someone in the face with it and they will need to seek medical attention immediately.

Another good tip is to keep your car keys by the bed. If you don't have an alarm system on your house or apartment you can set off your car alarm and make some noise or at least create a temporary diversion. That alone may be enough to scare a potential intruder away.

I think paintball guns are just a bad idea for home defense. What if the intruder had a real gun and you're stuck with a paintball gun. Pulling a fake gun on someone has the potential to escalate the situation very quickly. It's just not worth the risk.

Shotguns are great for home defense. Buckshot followed by a slug.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:04 PM
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In terms of home defense, accept no substitutes when it comes to your saftey. If you don't like the idea of owning a real gun, then get yourself a good can of wasp spray. Those things are pretty accurate up to 30 feet. You hit someone in the face with it and they will need to seek medical attention immediately.

Another good tip is to keep your car keys by the bed. If you don't have an alarm system on your house or apartment you can set off your car alarm and make some noise or at least create a temporary diversion. That alone may be enough to scare a potential intruder away.

I think paintball guns are just a bad idea for home defense. What if the intruder had a real gun and your stuck with a paintball gun. Pulling a fake gun on someone has the potential to escalate the situation very quickly. It's just not worth the risk.

Shotguns are great for home defense. Buckshot followed by a slug.

great advice. noted and rep'd.
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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

you can always get a crossbow.If you use the paintball gun get some reballs instead.Go full auto on them ..... Don't think a robber would stay after getting hit like 100 times with full auto reballs.
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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

I believe that home defense with a PB gun is a bad idea.
1st - intruder could have a real gun and if he sees yours, your toast.
2cd - if police are invovled and its low light, a PB marker looks too much like a real gun. How many times has this happened... some teen fatlly shot (by a cop) having a squirt gun or something similar ? too many.

If your going to have something in your hands that looks like a real firearm, it better be a real firearm. If you dont like that idea then there are options.

Lots of other (less lethal) ways to defend your self/property. Loud sirens, alarm systems, dogs, mace, baseball bats...

Basically the further away you are from a dangerous person/situation the better. So a dog / alarm might be your best bet for early detection. Figure out a strategy and practice it in the middle of the night by setting an alarm clock.

Hope this helps... search the internet, ask police, hire an ex cop or something for a hour security class, maybe a shooting range might have some suggestions. Just start calling/asking professionals in the business if you take this seriously.
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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

Are you going to have the air ready to go, or pre-puncture? Neither choice is optimal – you're either out of air, or wasting time.

If this is how you want to defend yourself, I'd use re-balls. At least they are designed to be fired from a marker.

I'd personally invest in a wireless security system. The skylink SC-100 is under $100, and can be expanded easily for any areas you need to protect. It doesn't include a dialer, but an potential burglar won't know that when the alarm sounds.
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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

You can place fake security camera stickers everywhere on your windows the most cheap and helpful way to keep people out.No one wants to get caught so no one goes into a home with security cameras.Another way .... dangerous if you don't remember.But it can work.Get a square flat piece of wood 2 ft out and however long the glass door is.Put a lot of nails through the wood and place a thin matt over it.So when someone breaks in through the door and trys to sneaky step they step there foot through nails.Plus you just got someones dna hahaha.
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Re: Using a paintball gun for home defense?

From a quick search I found that Missouri is a "shall issue" state. That is meant for residents but that usually means that their gun laws in general are reasonable. Find out what applies to non-residents as far as possesion of a shotgun. They are recommended often to folks for home defense that aren't necessarily proficient with firearms. A 20 gauge would probably be more than enough for the average situation and a shotgun is usually less complicated to buy. Get a pump. The noise of you racking a shell in the chamber in a quiet house will probably send 'em right out the same way they came in. Team that up with a large dog and you've got a great combo. Dogs hear things so much better than we do and will give you time to arm yourself in case the barking isn't enough to stop the intruder. If you want to go less lethal, a large dog and a baseball bat will stop most unarmed break-ins. If the guy is armed....... well you probably will wish you bought the shotgun, huh?
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