Quote of the Day: 2011-04-12

Today’s Quote of the Day comes from Tam, in comments about a negligent discharge that took place at a gun show.

If your daily rounds require handling your pistol that much, invest in a holster that allows you to take it off with the gun.

If your state has dumb laws that make you finger-[frig] your pistol in the name of safety, get the laws overturned.

Emphasis mine. No, she did not say “frig”, but I do generally try to keep at least a PG-13 rating here. Remember, it’s not going to fire if you’re not fiddling with it. If you leave it in the holster and don’t touch it unless you need it, there is effectively zero chance of a discharge – negligent or otherwise. No matter how skilled and careful you are, every time you load or unload there is a small-but-non-zero chance of a mechanical failure causing it to fire (i.e., slam-fire in a semi-auto), and a small but distinct chance of unintentionally frobbing the trigger either during the process or when holstering the loaded weapon.

Don’t mess with it unless you have to. If you have to take it off, leave it in the holster and take the whole holster off – which is why all my holsters have (secure) clips rather than belt loops. Constantly having to load and unload it in the name of safety isn’t safe.

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  1. No matter how skilled and careful you are, every time you load or unload there is a small-but-non-zero chance of a mechanical failure causing it to fire (i.e., slam-fire in a semi-auto)

    Yup. Shootin’ Buddy had his 870 slam-fire at gun school. My old downstairs neighbor bounced a 115gr Gold Dot off his gun safe dropping the slide on an HK P7M8. It happens.

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    • Yikes! I assume new underpants were required in both cases?

      Fortunately, “down” is a safe direction in my house – hardwood floors with a gravel-floored crawlspace underneath. At worst, I’d have to replace a board or two and some pex pipe or wiring.

      I still should get a bucket of sand, though.

      On a side note: Squee! Tam commented on my blog! 😀

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