An empty beer bottle is not actually that brittle. Have you never dropped one? If you think it is, go ahead and ask someone to break one over your head. After the third whack and you're crying and it's still not broken, get back to us. A small projectile destroying (rather than knocking over) a hundred of times it's weight means a lot of force in a very small area.
#46 | POSTED BY SOHEIFOX
Have dropped many, full and empty, thats why I phrased my comment "since dropping a bottle on a tile floor from about 2 feet does the same thing", in my experience it's broken every bottle that has done that.
I have a little device on my keychain that can break a bottle at the push of a button, yet having it hit your hand doesn't even hurt, let alone break the skin. It's actually made to shatter auto glass, but does just fine with bottles, again I know because I've done it. Does that make it "lethal" or "dangerous"?
Again, because it's brittle, it doesn't take much to break a bottle, just the right force applied to a small area.
Hitting someone on the head isn't a good analogy either as the impact isn't a sharp impact but dissipated against a larger area as well as hitting something that absorbs much of the impact (skin, hair, bone, movement etc). Similar to the difference between dropping said bottle on a wood floor usually doesn't break it while dropping it on tile does. One absorbs some of the force, the other does not.
As for the knocking over rather than breaking, even the pop toygun daisy spring loaded air rifles break bottles..again, I know this from breaking many of them as a child. Even once shattered the glass of a sliding glass door with one of those cheap assed things. Would barely dent a tin can though and we've shot each other enough to know it doesn't even hurt if you hit clothing.
Whereas a 10 pump doesn't usually go thru the clothing, at least it never did on us, it does tend to sting a bit, so yes I have "taken one of those to both the chest and stomach" (and that was a 1200FPS, not 750FPS like the one the guy in the article used) and other than a few bee sting like welts, I'm no worse for the wear. Hell I've even been shot with rock salt from a pissed off farmer's 12ga because we were playing in his corn field. Never even went through my surplus army jacket or jeans (luckily) tho I did have some welts on my rear end and I never felt it through the jacket.
Now, if we were talking about .22 cal pellets that's a diff story, those are a lot heavier and have some pretty good penetration, especially with conical pellets (pointed or rounded rather than flat).
Now, all that said, it's granted that if you get hit in the neck or eyes, you're going to have a bad time, and no they're not toys and should be treated as if they are real firearms.
However, back to the story topic. Did the guy do something dumb? Yes, should have never taken it out of the packaging (if there was any) and taken it directly to his vehicle. Was he waving it around and pointing it at people? Dunno, eyewitness accounts are sketchy at best and insidious at their worst. Should he have been shot? Again, dunno. Real enough looking and if he pointed it at them? Probably side with the officers on that one. They would have been in a damned if you did/didn't do either way I think and I know I would have likely shot him in that situation.
Like I said, the video will answer a lot of questions, if it's ever released.