Archive for January, 2011

If you own any other type of handgun (besides a Glock), you probably get real tired of hearing the fanboys defending how “safe” a Glock is, despite the number of accidental discharges that have been documented while reholstering.  This is so common as to have spawned it’s own slang term: “Glock Leg“.

This picture below is a Springfield Armory XD45c. (“There are many like it, but this one is mine…”)

Gripping it like shown prevents accidental “snagged trigger” discharges while reholstering. Period.

The sear CAN NOT be made to drop (which releases the firing pin) if the grip safety is not depressed. Even with pressure applied (via a tool) directly to the sear.

On the flip side, I’m not able to envision a way I could grab hold of the gun to fire it in haste that I would not depress the lightly-sprung grip safety. It is an “automatic” (passive) effect of holding the gun in firing position.

It has one moving part, and one pivot point, resembling a “see-saw” whose far end fits under the sear to prevent it from moving down. I imagine it is possible that some grit could get under the “grip” end of the see-saw and jam it. However, the size of the holes leading into the mechanism seems to prevent anything large enough to jam the gun from getting in there. (But I dunno…  Could happen, I guess.)

I also carry a Kel-Tec P11, which has no safeties at all. It however, has a LOOOOOOOONG, HEAVY trigger that makes it unlikely to ever get pulled by accident. It is a pure CCW, not a range gun. It is not fun, or pleasant to shoot, because of the very trigger that makes it safe to carry as a loaded CCW.

Glocks are still great guns, and there are many positive reasons to own one.  However, the way the fan boys attack everything “non-Glock”, including a feature that makes a lot of sense, is appalling.

If I was going to carry a Glock as a CCW sidearm, I would probably want a heavier trigger bar installed. That would detract from it’s use as a range gun, but would enhance it’s CCW safety.

I pay for car insurance, even though I’ve never had an accident. I have fire extinguishers, even though I’ve never had a fire. I chose the XD over the Glock for CCW use due to the “just in case” factor.

All the gun forum cliches about “finger off the trigger” and “your brain is the safety” disregard the reality of human frailty.

No one plans to have a brain fart, but just in case, the grip safety prevents it from becoming a tragedy.  The XD has an added automatic layer of CCW safety, without diminishing it’s trigger feel one bit.

That’s my comfort level when carrying a CCW gun “+1”.  YMMV.

[ASBESTOS SUIT: ON]

Rented Mouthpiece“It is clear to all Great Americans that this employee-exploiting, sweatshop-promoting, corporation has no regard for society, and serves no purpose other than arming terrorists to wreak havoc upon the innocent children, and selfless politicians, of the Great Republic we hold so dear.”

“Therefore, along with the recent bills calling for the ban of high-capacity “clips”, Euro-terrorist plastic handguns, and the bill making it a federal felony for any private citizen to posses a weapon within 1000 feet of an elected official, I ask the members of this august body to join me in supporting my bill that will, once and for all, end the scourge that these multi-state retail Cartels of Death pose to the citizens of this Great Nation.”

“Further, I invite all members to join me at noon (in the Lenin Conference Room) for a “Lunch-and-Learn” seminar to help them understand the challenges that lie ahead for us. Representatives of various peace-loving worker’s organizations will also be available to answer your questions and validate your campaign-contribution vouchers.”

“Thank you Madam Speaker, I now yield the remainder of my time for an acappella rendition of God Bless America, sung by the Dixie Chicks…”

Rhetoric is the real weapon.

 

Like anyone, I am appalled by the senseless tragedy in Arizona that was perpetrated by a mentally-disturbed shooter.  Even more appalling, is how quickly this has led to partisan sniping as all sides seek to gather political capitol from the still-warm bodies of unarmed civilians.

“Sarah Palin is to blame”.  “Limbaugh,  Hannity, and Beck created this!”  “He’s a right-wing TEA-bagger!!!”, “No, he’s actually a left-wing pothead!!!” come the venomous cross-complaints.  It is a disgrace how many people are politically exploiting this.

He may be all of these, but at root he is a schizophrenic.  Watch any of the YouTube videos he produced and you will see the flight of ideas, delusions of reference, and word salad of a classic schizophrenic lurking there.

As a responsible gun owner, I am appalled that this incident (especially since it occurred to a politician) will fuel a new round of gun control reactionary frenzy.  The shooter used a very popular firearm, common ammo, and large magazines that he legally purchased.  This opens the door to more well-intentioned, but ultimately ineffective laws that restrict the 99.99% of gun owners who are NOT insane.

Other than an (unlikely) complete and total ban on the private ownership of firearms, there is no real way to prevent this type of activity from ever happening in a free society.  Even in societies with such restrictions, the committed assassin simply moves to explosives, inflammable liquids, or (even archery) to prevail.  A few years ago a motorist intentionally ran down pedestrians at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in his SUV because he could not legally purchase a gunAnything is dangerous in the wrong hands.

Gun restrictions just don’t work, time and time again.  Germany has super-tight restrictions on gun ownership, and has far less guns per capita, yet they show up frequently in the mass school shooting chronology.  Austrailia restricted gun ownership after a shooting spree in 1996 that left 35 dead.  (Years later, violent crime has risen sharply.)

In our own country, the District of Columbia, another region with a firearms ban, has been the historical leader in murders, yet by 2009 (a year after gun DC’s draconian gun laws were struck down by the Supreme Court) violent crime had plunged to HALF it’s level during the 1993 “Peak Nanny State” years! (The reported murder rate in DC during 2010 was down yet another 9%.)

A balanced sense of perspective is essential before we lose our minds in fearful legislation.  (I’m not counting on this to happen in a society where more people can tell you the names of the latest American Idol contestants than the names of three Supreme Court Justices.)

More people died in Chicago (1982) from tainted Tylenol than died in Arizona (2011).  While not minimizing those lost to evil intent, no one rationally calls for the removal of acetaminophen from society.  The benefits of responsible use exceeds the risk, even though many people attempt to kill themselves with it, and small children overdose on it frequently (if not daily).

But, being a student of history, (if you choose to speculate in the free market) I believe now is a good time to start stockpiling high-capacity magazines and ammunition.  Just like the 1994 Clinton gun grab, once this train leaves the station it will only pick up speed. [Sigh]