Remarkably, many handguns don’t even have a loaded chamber indicator or even a magazine safety. Dumb oversights. #kidsngunschat
— Art Kellermann, MD (@ArtKellermannMD) May 16, 2013
[I love it. Let’s disguise total BS as “gun safety.” Lets look at his two examples shall we?
– Magazine Disconnect
Means you have to load a magazine into an empty firearm to show clear. Often if you go to a match of any kind and see someone with a gun with a disconnect, they have to carry an extra magazine to show clear after a stage. Tell me, how does it make things safer to drop the mag, rack out the round and then have to reinsert a mag. Guess that’s why it’s the one safety USPSA allows you to disable or remove.
Otherwise known as the excuse people use not to observe proper gun handling. Instead of using your own damn two eyes, you rely on a mechanical device that can, and will eventually fail. It will either result in your gun failing, or start giving false positives, or indicate empty when hot.
Even worse though is the idea, and there will be people who do this, that some people will use the chamber indicator to assume the weapon is unloaded. Then they’re finger !%^* the damn trigger and act all surprised that they just ventilated someone because they violated god knows how many of the 4 rules because “the chamber indicator said it’s unloaded”.
Safeties are all well and good folks but lets be realistic here. What do any of those two safeties actually provide?
Not a damn thing that simple education or proper storage couldn’t take care of. Instead of education he wants to modify firearms, in such a manner as to aid in careless gun handling mind you.
This folks is why you don’t take advice from people who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. –B]
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.