A newly-produced video, funded by ArmaLite and supervised by Boone County, Ind. Sheriff Ken Campbell, demolishes the myth surrounding so-called “high capacity magazines” that banning these devices will prevent the rare mass shooting events that currently fuel the gun prohibition movement.
The video, obtained by the Citizens Committee for the Right to keep and Bear Arms in Bellevue, is now spreading across the Internet. In a series of shooting exercises involving an experienced male shooter and novice female, Sheriff Campbell demonstrates that shooters using smaller capacity magazines can fire just as fast, and in some cases even faster despite having to reload.
Sheriff Campbell told Examiner in an exclusive interview that the video demonstration was filmed in early February at the American Institute of Marksmanship near Cave City, Ky. Because of his background as an instructor and rangemaster at the famous Gunsite Academy, Sheriff Campbell was recruited to provide a no-spin, matter-of-fact explanation of what is in the video, which is now available on YouTube.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, in a statement, said the 14-minute video “throws cold water on anti-gunners who argue that magazine limitations are necessary to prevent mass shootings. We are all indebted to ArmaLite for this informative effort.”
In separate exercises, the male and female shooters fire strings of 30 shots, first using two 15-round magazines, then three 10-round magazines and finally five magazines each loaded with six cartridges. They are shooting at targets and the drills were designed to put hits on these targets to simulate how rapidly a person can change magazines and still hit multiple targets.
The results are startling in a couple of instances.
The man, identified as “Jim,” using a Glock pistol, fired his first string with two 15-round magazines in 20.64 seconds, then with three ten-round magazines in 18.05 seconds and finally with five six-round magazines in 21.45 seconds. The woman, identified as “Christy,” fired the same sequence, with two 15-round magazines in 22.9 seconds, three ten-rounders in 25.51 seconds and the final five six-round magazines in 26.93 seconds.
In addition, “Jim” fired 20 rounds from an AR-15 rifle using a single magazine, in 12.16 seconds. He then fired 20 more shots using two ten-round magazines in less time, 10.73 seconds. Significantly, “Jim” managed better times with both the handgun and rifle when he changed magazines.
Sheriff Campbell said the test was conducted to “try to provide factual data…to make policy decisions.”
Appearing in uniform, the sheriff said he hoped that viewers would observe the exercise and its findings and conclude “there’s some credibility there.”
“They said they want to do this and be non-partisan about it,” he explained, “and let the data speak for itself.”
Sheriff Campbell also noted that he is a constitutional office holder and he is now in his second term as Boone County’s chief law enforcement officer.
“I’m an office holder,” he said. “I’m not a department head. A chief of police serves at the pleasure of a mayor and the chief needs to do what the mayor says to retain that position. I answer to the voters every four years.”
Sheriff Campbell notes in the video that, “One of the reasons that the magazine restrictions are being proposed is the perception that if the active shooter has fewer bullets in magazines he will have to reload sooner and this will create an opportunity for someone to tackle him during the reload.”
A demonstration proves that impression to be dangerously false. Both “Jim” and “Christy” run a drill where they fire a few rounds from the pistol and then change magazines. Off to their left, a man is crouched who rushes toward them from a distance of about 25 feet, at the point they need to reload. In neither instance does the man get near enough to disarm either shooter before they are reloaded and can fire again.
After viewing the video, Gottlieb noted that, “Imposing magazine capacity limits creates a horribly false sense of security. This video puts the lie to this politically-motivated disarmament strategy.
“Magazine capacity limits offer no panacea to the rare mass shootings that have alarmed the country,” he added. “It is time to stop this nonsense and expose magazine limits as the monumental fraud they are.”
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