Thu Jan 24, 2013, 03:10 PM
Playinghardball (11,604 posts)
When It's Easy For Anyone And Everyone To Get A Gun, This Happens
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When It's Easy For Anyone And Everyone To Get A Gun, This Happens (Original post)
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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:23 PM
spin (16,772 posts)
2. This is a good video that gun control advocates will love but responsible gun owners should watch. ..
Obviously firearms and alcohol do not mix. Of course the same is true of drinking and driving. I avoid doing either. Even when I am drinking I do my best to stay under the legal level for driving in case there is an emergency. (One drink per hour.) If I exceed that limit I don't touch a firearm or the driver's wheel of a car.
A number of the segments of the video showed inexperienced people firing a high powered rifle, shotgun or handgun for the first time. For some reason a few more seasoned shooters seem to get a big kick on seeing a kid or a small female land on their butt after shooting a shotgun or rifle. It must be a macho thing to give your girlfriend a .44 magnum handgun to show her how manly you are as I have witnessed this numerous times on the range. It probably merely teaches the girlfriend that her boyfriend is an asshole.
My ex and my daughter both were 5' 2" and weighed less than 100 pounds. They had no real problem shooting hot loads in my S&W .44 magnum revolver but they had previous experience with a number of lower recoiling handguns. Both women were also able to shoot 12 gauge shotguns or high powered rifles as they knew to keep the butt plate of the stock firmly pressed into their shoulder and had braced for the recoil.
Some segments in the video were accidental discharges. A knowledgeable shooter always checks to see if his firearm is loaded when he picks it up and he knows how to do it. If he lays the weapon down, he rechecks it when he picks it up again.
One time a friend stopped by and we were discussing shooting. I had a revolver out of the safe for demonstration. The conversation lasted for about an hour and at the end my friend laughed and told me that I had checked to see if the handgun was loaded at least five times which was every time I picked it up off the table. There was no ammo in the room.
It's also very important to keep "your booger hook off the bang switch" when handling an weapon especially a loaded firearm unless you are on target. While this is true of any firearm it seems for some odd reason even more important if you own a Glock pistol. On a Glock and similar pistols the safety is on the trigger. That's somewhat like having the brake on the accelerator pedal. The Glock is a safe pistol as long as you keep your finger away from the trigger and use a quality holster.
Finally I would like to remind all gun owners that there are two classes of shooters. Those who have had an accidental discharge and those who will. Always avoid pointing the muzzle of the weapon at something you do not wish to destroy.