#1 Buck Rubber Explained

Used by Police, Military and Security Personnel for years with great effect, Rubber shot pellets offer a less lethal option when a strong response is needed but a lethal one is not acceptable. Initially rubber  bullets were used in Europe in the 1970's to quell riots.   The 1.5 inch rubber bullets were designed to be used as an indirect fire projectile.

Unfortunately, during The Troubles of the early 1970's in Northern Ireland, the bullets were used as direct fire munitions causing many serious wounds and some deaths.  This lead to the development of rubber bullets and buckshot that is able to be used in a direct fire mode, without being as likely to cause injury as the older rubber bullets.  However, it must be noted that any firearm projectile has the potential to be lethal and rubber buckshot is not a non-lethal ammunition.

#1 Buck Rubber And Home Defense

When discussing home defense and the use of rubber buckshot, people are usually very opinionated on whether they will use less lethal munitions or not.  Some believe that rubber buckshot and other less lethal options are a great option to have when confronting someone in your home. 

One idea is that carrying one round of rubber buck in the chamber and regular buck in the magazine.  This allows for the user to simply cycle the action and switch to lethal ammunition.  This option can help avoid accidentally shooting a family member or spare someone from the potentially devastating effects of shooting someone who was mistakenly in the home.Fiocchi Rubber Buckshot

On the other side of the spectrum are those who feel that less lethal munitions are pointless for use in the home.  Some feel that they may be dangerous, as if they are not deployed appropriately, the less lethal shot could actually enrage the target and cause them to attack the defender instead of fleeing.

Another point is that many believe that firearms are never to be pointed at something they do not intend to destroy.  This would eliminate the need for less lethal ammunition in that the target would be identified and a threat before the firearm was brought into use. 

Regardless of where your opinion is, rubber buck does offer another choice in the plethora of shotgun loads available.

Other Uses

Rubber shotgun rounds like the #1 buck rubber type are very useful among farmers as well as civil authorities who need to chase off  animals now and again. It’s less damaging than rock salt and ensures you’re not going to kill the animal at long range. This is typically neighbor’s dogs or the occasional rogue bull that’s too stubborn and mean to approach. It’s a good idea to use this as a last resort and only if the animal is threatening your livestock, crops, pets or family members.

If you decide to go with this type of ammunition, just take your time and do a bit of research. Fire some rounds at a shooting range to confirm they will function in your gun, confirm accuracy as different ranges as well as pattern spreads.

You can pick up the rubber buckshot from Fiocchi, Sellier and Bellot and quite a few other manufacturers.