Which gun 'just goes off'? (honest question)
Daughter just emailed me asking "Which gun is it ... which can just 'go off'?"
Of course we all know they don't 'just go off' by themselves. What I'm trying to do is get to the basis for the myth she's voicing. Note that my daughter is pro-2A and is likely asking because a friend asked her (so she can say, "stay away from ___ and you're good to go").
I'm thinking that the basis for this myth might be:
- Older revolvers, if dropped to land on the hammer, can 'just go off';
- Just about ANY weapon, if stuffed into a pocket with keys and such can 'go off' because the trigger is pulled;
- Just about ANY weapon without a grip safety, can 'go off' if you catch it by the trigger as it slides down your pants or is falling; and
- Very light, single-action triggers, can 'go off' pretty easily (such as finger-on-the-trigger-under-stress-situations), though not by themselves.