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    "Because the work makes the weapon more expensive. Corporations and government agencies are concerned about the bottom line first. Look at all the aftermarket parts and accessories for cars or trucks. The manufacturer turns out a basic product and the consumer customizes it for their needs."


    If I were an attorney needing to refute this, I think I would ask why you need this but police agencies all over the nation use this gun without these mods. If it's good enough and safe enough for them how come you need to be different? And, if these are such good mods, how come the factory doesn't make them that way to start with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanksoldier
    "Because the work makes the weapon more expensive. Corporations and government agencies are concerned about the bottom line first. Look at all the aftermarket parts and accessories for cars or trucks. The manufacturer turns out a basic product and the consumer customizes it for their needs."
    Good response. Then it becomes an issue of who can best convince the jury.

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    You know, I was just thinking about this. Can you imagine an attorney that wants to prove you're a gun nut, putting you on the stand and in front of a jury consisting of people who likely don't own one gun, asking you how many guns you own? And then he asks, how much ammo you have on hand.

    Or worse, he just lays out your collection and ammo for the jury to see for themselves.

    I suspect trigger mods would never even have to come up.

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    If the attorney goes that route Ron - with that jury - then that's most of us screwed from the get go
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    For me, I've settled the matter. I did so by talking to one of my training instructors. When he said, "You have to survive the gunfight and your tools need to be everything they can be to do that. Reasonable trigger mods are not a problem, if you get into a very unlikely situation in court, expert witnesses will testify that the mods didn't make the gun unsafe and that 1000s of police officers have trigger jobs done on their gun. Gunsmiths will testify that the mods didn't make the gun unsafe."

    Then I thought what I would say if the attorney says I had made my gun into a killer gun. Now I know how I'd reply, "When I realized I was about to die and saw my tiny little gun and sights on this nightmare that was trying to kill me, I wouldn't want anything less deadly than the gun I used, in fact, if I had had any less deadly gun that horrible night, I probably wouldn't be here today."

    I'm keepin' my mods. They aren't match or competition mods, they're quite reasonable. In fact, how many have "match" triggers in 1911s, even if they come stock that way?

    I'm convinced it's a highly unlikely issue and I am quite content knowing that my gun is set up to give me the best results I can get from it if my life ever depends on it.

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