displayed gun safety

This is a discussion on displayed gun safety within the Basic Gun Handling & Safety forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; I was curious about why people stick things in the trigger guard to display them? Pencils/pens/dowels. I have seen it numerous times. With all the ...

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    displayed gun safety

    I was curious about why people stick things in the trigger guard to display them? Pencils/pens/dowels. I have seen it numerous times. With all the gun safety stressed, why would anyone do that?

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    Why? To prop the gun up to get a better photo angle.

    Absent any force other than gravity, what do you see that would cause the gun to discharge if it's sitting there inertly?
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    I've done it from time to time, for photographic effect.

    Have yet to do with with a loaded firearm, though I have seen some do that.
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    I'm not a super fan of anything thru the trigger guard. I just use an appropriate length cartridge behind the unloaded, subject firearm. It lets you control the shadows better......

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    The reason I ask is that safety is often stressed that no finger or anything else should be on the trigger unless on target ready to fire, treat all weapons as loaded, frowning on pocket carry w/ anything else in pockets etc.... this seems to run contrary to the safety protocol instead of just propping it up on something underneath.
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    Well, exercise a little common sense. Displaying an unloaded firearm in this manner is fine.

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    I don't put anything inside the trigger guard. Prop it up for pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCents View Post
    I was curious about why people stick things in the trigger guard to display them? Pencils/pens/dowels. I have seen it numerous times. With all the gun safety stressed, why would anyone do that?
    Because they don't know how to photograph guns properly and they saw it done like that on the Internet so it must be the "thing" to do.
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    Someone call the internet gun photography police quick, I may post more......
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    I like the ones with the knife blades propping them up. They're extra dangerous!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCents View Post
    The reason I ask is that safety is often stressed that no finger or anything else should be on the trigger unless on target ready to fire, treat all weapons as loaded, frowning on pocket carry w/ anything else in pockets etc.... this seems to run contrary to the safety protocol instead of just propping it up on something underneath.
    OK, here's what you do... keeping your fingers away from the trigger while pointing the gun in a safe direction, depress the magazine release and remove the magazine. Then, rack the slide fully to the rear, ejecting the chambered round. Lock the slide to the rear after racking it a few more times, and examine the chamber visually and physically to ensure there is no round in the chamber.

    Pose and photograph the gun as you see fit.
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    I've seen gun stores use both wooden rods, poorly pictured here.

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    and I have also seen them use both full, loaded, and the empty hulls of shot shells before.

    I don't recall seeing shotshells used recently, maybe that practice has waned off.

    I think I have recently seen the wood dowel thing.

    I believe I have also seen this at gun shows.

    I see your point OP, and I suppose it could potentially reinforce bad habits, especially in a beginner.....

    I'm not a photographer, I will likely be too lazy to hunt down a shot shell, correctly sized dowel or flashlight to use. I will just prop it on, whatever. I have been curious about using an open knife, I would be concerned about the knifes edge damaging the guns finish, or the gun damaging the knifes edge.
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