March 1st, 2005 12:57 AM
March 1st, 2005 01:19 AM
We need to track this guy down and invite him here I'm thinkin'....
Coimhťad fearg fhear na foighde; Beware the anger of a patient man.
March 1st, 2005 01:29 AM
He obviously has no business carrying at this point in time....IMHO that's worse than not carrying at all. He's damn lucky they didn't find and take the gun from him...could have been much worse!
Cocked & locked, cocked & locked...practice, practice, practice.....repeat!
(or whatever fits your firearm)
Kimber Ultra CDP Elite STS II
A gun is a tool...the real weapon is between your ears!
March 1st, 2005 02:50 AM
1952 - 2006
Deke45 I knew that there was something about you I was going to like.
Your post echos my thoughts exactly.
Heroes are people who do what has to be done, when it has to be done, regardless of the consequences
"I like when the enemy shoots at me; then I know where the ******** are and can kill them."
DE OPPRESSO LIBER
March 1st, 2005 04:09 AM
An unloaded gun at a gunfight is worse than no gun at all.
You've just escalated with no ride off said escalator.
March 1st, 2005 06:29 AM
I gotta admit, I too felt uneasy at first carrying a cocked and locked 1911. I had previously carried my Beretta, which is a double-action, with a chambered rd., and was not concerned with accidental discharge. The 1911 though, having to wear against my body, made me a little nervous about rubbing that safety to the off position.
March 1st, 2005 08:48 AM
seems 1 he needs for weapons familiarity, training
2 needs a gun he can feel confident and safe carrying
3 needs to work on his situational awareness
4 got lucky this time someone was not looking to hurt him or his GF
March 1st, 2005 09:24 AM
Yep...the unlaoded gun syndrome. Oops. Lucky to be alive.
If total government control equals safety, why are prisons so dangerous?
March 1st, 2005 09:25 AM
I have to agree. If you aren't ready to carry with a round in the chamber ready to fire, best not to carry. Also if you do not have the correct mindset and attitude, don't carry. I talked to someone who was carrying, but wasn't sure they could actually shoot another person. They figured that they could just show the gun and the BG would run away. I told them not to count on that, and it was probably better if they didn't carry until they resolved their issue with possibly having to shoot another person. I'd hate to see them pull out their gun, have it taken away and used against them and possibly other people.
March 1st, 2005 09:47 AM
Security Blanket Carry Syndrome
This is exactly what happens when folks carry a firearm as a security blanket that "they know they will never need but, it's good to have it anyway" and that thinking WORKS OUT JUST FINE...until they actually NEED it & then everything falls apart!
He was so mentally unprepared & untrained ~ that it is actually GOOD that there was no round in the chamber because IF the thugs would have "got hold" of his pistol then they could have easily "caught a few" from his own firearm.
At the very least his firearm is discovered and STOLEN along with his $$$ & then another deadly firearm is "out there" & in the hands of Bad Guys!
They will then use it to rob 20 more innocent people.
Liberty Over Tyranny Μολὼν λαβέ
March 1st, 2005 11:13 AM
"All I have to do is rack the slide." I've heard that one a few times. As proven in this scenario, you may not have have the time or the ability to do so.
I've said it before.... if you think your carry gun is so unsafe that you carry it unchambered, pick another gun.
I'm glad the man and his girlfriend came out this situation OK, but I hope that now he has this rare second chance, he seriously rethinks his carry options.
"Americans have the will to resist because you have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power." - Yoshimi Ishikawa
March 1st, 2005 12:29 PM
Itís extremely easy to armchair quarterback something like this, but you know what, there but for the grace of God go I. I empathize with this guy because this could have been me!
There are three things Iíve learned about this whole concept of concealed carry:
#1. Realize that the use of a firearm is a lifelong skill that one can hone to better participate in modern society. Being a responsible armed citizen is a moral imperative if you are physically, emotionally, and mentally capable of it. An equally responsible decision is deciding youíre not capable of it. It is my personal belief that most well adjusted people are capable of learning these skills with time, but I think no ill of anyone who says to me ďIíd rather not be an armed citizenĒ because this is a free country and thatís your personal decision.
Itís a very simple but deep decision. When you look in the mirror, would you kill someone to save yourself or someone else if there was absolutely no other choice?
#2. Be prepared to discard a lot of your old notions about what is and what is not the proper way to use a firearm. Modern media does not portray the use and ownership of a firearm correctly. Even those of us who were raised in a house full of guns often believe things that are just outright folklore. As children, our parents sometimes go off the deep end on safety to the point where they may instill a fear of the tool in you. I have a lot of this old baggage that I am still struggling with, and I donít think Iíll ever totally overcome it all. And the more you learn, the more you realize you donít know.
Itís actually okay not to know everything right off the bat as long as you obey all the safety rules at all times. Gun safety is an easy skill to learn and by far the most important. Be prepared to ask a lot of questions; gunnies love to set you straight when you are wrong even if they tend to be a little gruff about it. But also be prepared to think critically and decide a lot of things for yourself. Collect all the information you can and then act on it as best you can.
#3. Realize that consistent practice is fun and effective. You donít have to live on a pistol range to learn what youíre doing, and sometimes you have to take care of other things first, but if you keep plugging away at it, it will get easier.
Itís also important you realize that youíre going to have to do some things that you may not necessarily like. Most of the time however, you can practice a lot and overcome an obstacle. I donít like shooting a semiautomatic pistol but I have owned one and Iíve practiced with it for some time now. It has improved my attitude about the semiautomatic pistol a lot and Iím even planning to purchase another one.
But sometimes you stumble on something that you simply may not be capable of overcoming at the present time. It may be completely contrary to your whole experience and way of thinking.
One of the things I donít like is the idea of carrying a semiautomatic handgun around with a round loaded in the chamber. I donít like it because it creates in my mind a potential for ambiguity that does not exist with a revolver. With a revolver you clearly know there is either a round in the chamber or there is not. With a semiautomatic you may have no earthly idea depending on its exact configuration. Unless you have X ray vision there is that ambiguity.
The intuitive way to deal with this ambiguity is to simply not chamber a round and rather require oneís self to rack the slide. At first glance this seems entirely reasonable. However under stress, for someone who isnít quite in harmony with the semiautomatic pistol to begin with, it is not. I speak from personal experience as I too had considered this option and thought it wise for a time, and then figured out that it was in fact ridiculous.
I was fortunate to figure out I have no business at present carrying a conventional style semiautomatic pistol. I want pull trigger go bang. I donít want to be fumbling around with a gun I donít trust 100% just yet. I will be carrying a revolver for some time to come.
I was almost this guy, but I had the great fortune of forgetting to turn off the safety when I took my proficiency examination and realizing thatís not the style of gun that suits me and my needs at present. What Iím going to do to correct this problem is investigate a Glock style sidearm without an external safety that more closely mimics a revolver. This seems to be the more logical tool from my point of view and may provide a transition point into the correct carrying of a semiautomatic pistol.
The gun world is full of brilliant innovations and solutions to every possible problem you may encounter so that you can avoid mistakes and problems like this one. An enjoyable part of the ďsportĒ or ďhobbyĒ aspect of firearms ownership is learning more and more about what is out there. There are whole worlds of pistols, revolvers, shotguns, and rifles out there that Iíve never even heard of and Iíve been at it since I was 9 or 10 years old. The quest for the best pistol or rifle never ends, and itís a lot of fun to try to find it.
Couple this knowledge with knowledge of more effective techniques and you will reap the benefits; otherwise youíre just messing around with a very dangerous toy and no one wants that. Be serious, be prepared to learn, and practice practice practice.
March 1st, 2005 12:41 PM
Choosing to carry a gun chamber empty is more of an emotional issue rather than a
distrust of the gun's method of operation.
Some people flat out distrust their own level of competency (usually due to lack of training or familiarity) to the point that they just don't want to accept the responsibility of carrying 'hot'.
Even with proper training and familiarity, they still end up carrying chamber empty. People like this really have no business carrying a gun in the first place. An unloaded gun is nothing more than a talisman or a security blanket that is eventually going to bite them in the butt.
March 1st, 2005 12:48 PM
I must wholeheartedly disagree triggertime. Given the chance, a rational human being will learn to use objective information gained from knowledge and personal experience to overcome subjective emotional problems.
In other words, almost everyone is tough enough to get over it and deal with the real world. It doesn't matter if we're talking about guns, math, social anxiety, or a phobia.
I used to be afraid of the dark when I was a child. I'm certainly not any more.
We all have our problems and we can all deal with them.
March 1st, 2005 12:48 PM
Thatís one of the reasons I picked Glock as my sidearm of choice. No external safeties to fumble with. Point and click. Itís funny when some people ask how I can have a handgun without an external safety. I point out that itís like a revolver and you can see the light go off in their head. For some reason some people will except that in a revolver, but not in an auto. I know some will argue that there is a difference because a revolver has a heavier trigger pull. Well, neither a Glock, nor a double-action revolver (nor any handgun for that matter) should be carried without a holster that covers the trigger so I donít think the difference in trigger pull matters.
Originally Posted by Euclidean
Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
Si vis pacem, para bellum
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