Even firing a small pistol with the cap only isn't as safe as it sounds like it should be. I think if you're under 10-15 yards, you're into the "bang" territory. There's just no way to discharge a pistol in someone's direction at close range safely. If you're in an unscripted tactical, that may simply have to be an understood given. I use my revolver regularly when I do Eastern Front tacticals and often have to simply say "bang" because of the distance.
I may actually be getting old, but the idea of taking a hit early in an engagement, then being forced to sit the rest out as a casualty lying in a tent is starting to look pretty good. OR maybe I just had a bad day yesterday and need a rest...
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