Bird-Shot as a Self-Defense Load? (With Video)

September 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Trail Boss Videos

We have done tests with various bird shot loads. The problem with bird-shot is that it does not penetrate enough to be effective as a defense round for the most part. The wound it leaves is gruesome, yet the lack of penetration can be a problem.

However that being said at close range if someone frail or infirm taking up a defensive position behind  a bed shooting at a perpetrator coming through the door, it is doubtful the bad guy would soak it up and keep coming.  Number 8 has 1 1/8 ounces of shot moving at 1255 FPS  and as shown holds a tight pattern at home defense distances, as does #6 and #4. That is a lot of lead hitting all at once.  Further a well aimed shot to the neck underarm, belly  or crotch area at 10 yards or less would most certainly sever an artery and or cause a tremendous amount of damage.  In colder claimants heavy cloths worn by a perpetrator would be an issue when taking upper body shots as the clothing would stop and slow down a good deal of the shot. Read more