Thursday, March 29, 2012

Where'd Dick Cheney's New Heart Come From?


At March 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JP I know this comment is off topic but...

I don’t know anything about guns, but wouldn’t a person have to use two hands to chamber a round? Would it be normal operating procedure to carry a pistol like this with a round already chambered?

Mike in Moo Hampshire

At March 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Not necessarily. In the SEALs, we were trained to do it the right way but you have to remember that cool scene in Valkyrie when Tom Cruise chambers a round into his semi auto by pushing down the tip of the slide against the edge of a table. So, yeah, theoretically, you can do it one-handed.

Why do you ask?

At March 30, 2012 at 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That’s the weapon that George Zimmerman used to shoot Trayvon Martin. I’m thinking, and that always gets me in trouble, if I had a gun like that I wouldn’t walk around with a bullet in the chamber and the gun in my waistband. But, I would pull the slide back and chamber a round if I were planning on using it. I personally don’t believe Zimmerman had his weapon holstered when he met up with Trayvon. The website says it’s a Double-Action Only with an automatic hammer block safety. I have no idea what that means. What is the right way to carry a holstered pistol like the PF9?


At March 30, 2012 at 8:31 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

There's no right way or wrong way to holster any sidearm, Some guys are more comfortable going Old School with a Sam Browne holster, other guys feel more comfortable with the classic pancake holster under the armpit. It's all a matter of how comfortable you are with whatever format. It's like there's an age-old debate about which is the better shooting stance: Isosceles or Weaver. Neither is. It's just a matter of what makes you more comfortable.

As for Zimmerman and the hammer safety block: It's just a fancy way of saying safety. That's what the safety does (when a gun has one- not all do): It keeps the hammer from striking the bottom of the cartridge and setting off the primer. It's OK to chamber a round in the pipe as long as you have the safety on. It can be effortlessly thumbed on and off. But WHY would Zimmerman have a round chambered for a neighborhood watch that wasn't even registered?

Now, I still haven't heard how many shots were fired at Trayvon but since it's a double-action handgun, I wouldn't be surprised it if it was two and here's why:

Double actions to even experienced marksmen can be tricky because you could easily double-tap the trigger and feel only the initial recoil. The recoil comes with the expanding, exploding gases when the bullet's primer is detonated. If you rapid-fire a second round half a second later, you don't give the second ignition a chance to do its usual thing. Essentially, it almost feels like one shot because the recoil on the second with a double action is so soft.

This could've been happened with Zimmerman in the heat of the moment. If he already had a round chambered, it would've been child's play to thumb the safety off, which is probably what he did. Then again, you can also chamber a round even while holding a cell phone as he was.

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