In a dramatic video from Maine, a neighbor uses his shotgun as a club to drive off Pitt bulls attacking a neighbors Basset hound. It is a bad idea to use your firearm as a club. The firearm may be damaged, and not operable when you need it. In the video, the man in the blue shirt (MIBS) is showing clubbing the attacking dogs with the shotgun, then shooting one of them.
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That is what is shown, until you look at the time stamps. When you check those, it is clear that the man in the blue shirt runs up, shoots one of the attacking dogs, then starts using the shotgun as a club. Could it be that he ran out of ammunition?
The sequence of events from the moment he first appears on the scene until he is returning, takes 27 seconds.
The video has been heavily edited for television distribution. Let this be a lesson to those who take video as gospel. Events may not be as they seem.
You can see the MIBS running to aid the Basset hound. He is in the upper right corner of the frame. Time stamp 5:29:29, camera 1. TV video 1:41
MIBS shooting attacking dog about six seconds later. Time stamp 5:29:35. TV video 0:39. Camera 1
MIBS using shotgun as club, six seconds later. Time stamp 5:29:41, camera 2.
Here the MIBS is returning, past the dog he shot 19 seconds ago. Time stamp 5:29:56. Camera 1.
There is another lesson to be learned from this video. Bring more than one cartridge. Did the MIBS just grab one cartridge as he ran out the door?
Keeping a tube full for what appears to be a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 could have been very helpful. Maybe the shotgun was set up for migratory birds, with a two shot magazine, and a warning shot was fired.
If more details become known, I will update the story.
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