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Has anyone had any experience with shooting out lights w/ an air rifle. I'm refering to a tactical setting where you have exterior lights on a house and you want to take them out so your entry team can approach. GAMO makes a line of air rifles that are very accurate and shoot the pellet at 1600 fps. Just wondering if anyone has any experience. Bean bag shotguns are not accurate enough and .308 bullets are a little too dangerous and loud.

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My neighbor has a varmint model that has a light and laser on it. He told me he can head shot a skunk at 50 to 60 yards. It shoots a .22 cal. pellet but I am not sure about the fps. I think it would do fine on a house light or street light.

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We just cut the main power line going in.


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JIMROC said:

We just cut the main power line going in.

That use to work, however now with all the solar powered lights it is nice to have an air rifle to take out any lights that can't be disabled by cutting power, also it works well with street lights when you have to act fast and can't wait on the power company. I have an 880 with a scope that works well and shoots both bb and pellets, I gave to the SRT/SWAT team some years back when it was needed in a hurry.

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We use them.

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I have this older gamo .22 air rifle.Very powerful and could take out a light...

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In Iraq one of my buddies used a slinghsot. It worked like a charm. Dead silent too.

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JIMROC said:

We just cut the main power line going in.

This is our main practice, but we also utilize a supressed .22 as a back up.

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I retired from the Oklahoma City Police Department Tactical Unit 3 years ago. I was in the unit for 15 years. During that time on tactical situations we also had a need to take out lights, both porch lights and street lights. Years ago I used a supressed MP5 but had to worry about the bullet after impact. Later on we used a pellet rifle then went to a scoped 22 caliber rifle with frangeable ammunition that blew the light out without over penetration. The 22 seemed to work the best. Ammo was cheap, the gun was quiet and it was very acccurate. A lot of street lights had to be shot multiple times because of the thickness of the glass lamp surrounding the bulb.

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Well I am not to experienced at taking out light for tactical reasons, I have taken out prairie dogs around our kennels at my last base in Montana we had a Air Force Talon with a mounted scope just for prairie dogs that took them out with little noise at all, I believe they make what was called the Talon SS that was set up like a full barrel silencer. if you get the Talon make sure to get the whole package they sell a hand pump that fills up a removable tank. great product recommend it highly.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Just remember that SOME street lights will actually get brighter when they are shot. The filament will get exposed to outside air and increase in intensity.

Maybe taking a different position would be the way to go, or contact the municipality to cut the lights.

Just another idea.

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

I would just walk up and unscrew it, ever think about throwing rocks at it? its a cheap and sometimes effective way. Or you can call the home owner and tell them to turn it off for you =]


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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

We used both pellet guns and a suppressed .22 pistol (Ruger) one guy also used his own suppressed Ruger 10/22. Just make sure you use subsonic rounds to lessen noise. The pellet guns were used on house lights and the 22's were used on street lights.


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We'd cut the power, if we had to do it in a hurry we'd use a .22


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Im glad to see this post here. I brought this issue to the team leader last year. Now I bring the .22 with the .308 on all call outs. I heard it  works good on Pit Bulls in the back yard for dual entry too. Have'nt done that one yet though.