13 thoughts on “Ambiguity

  1. Well, in the People’s Democratic Republic of California, the one is illegal, and the other is just not done. Gluten, you know.

  2. The obvious comeback is “Yes, she is thinking of the children, that’s the whole point”.
    Interesting reply, though. On the one hand, left bigots claim that “of course gays oppose guns” (totally ignoring Erin in the process) and on the other hand, here’s a bigot looking at a picture of an armed woman and reflexively calling her a lesbian.

    • That might just be the humor, needling the frothing-mouthed anti-liberty Leftists by bringing one of their competing shibboleths to the fore. It wouldn’t be quite as funny if the punchline were, “Women have always been able to buy bread, dumbass,”, or “Grandmothers have always been able to buy bread, dumbass.”

      If it can’t at least touch the edge, humor isn’t funny. I wish I could remember the name of the comedian whose ostensibly serious lecture on humor began with him undressing on stage. When he touched the snap on his boxers a woman in the audience gave an uncontrollable moment of laughter. He then dressed and began his lecture (of course, plunging over the edge isn’t funny, it’s suicide. Ask Kathy Griffin),

    • For those of us not well educated in such matters, could you elaborate? I know of the phrase “cocked and locked”, but is that the only correct way to carry a 1911?

      • Condition 2, hammer down on a loaded chamber, can in theory result in a bad ND if dropped facing upwards as the firing pin rebounds off the face of the hammer (this can be mitigated with a strong firing pin spring, depending on the generally overpowered for today’s ammo mainspring of the M1911).

        Cocking is dangerous, if your thumb slips before you reach the half-cock position, it might fire, and I’ve read you you don’t want to abuse the half-cock sear spurs. And it needless complicates bringing the weapon into play.

        Condition 3, no round in the chamber, is slow and difficult to impossible to execute without two hands, depending on whether the sights have a geometry that can catch on stuff.

        • Ok, so the standard way of carrying a 1911 is for faster deployment. That’s fine, but that doesn’t make the other way erroneous.
          I’m curious: when the hammer is cocked, it is held by the sear, correct? And the sear is prevented from moving by the safety? Given the fact that a sear is quite small, isn’t there another ND concern if the weapon is dropped and lands on the cocked hammer?

          • I’m curious: when the hammer is cocked, it is held by the sear, correct? And the sear is prevented from moving by the safety?

            No, it’s absolutely and totally directly blocked by the thumb safety (personal observation from detail stripping them, plus people have seriously bent hammers from e.g. door frame impacts during hand to hand combat). The only way you can make one go bang in Condition 1 is by dropping it hard on its muzzle (which isn’t a terrible direction, can also be mitigated by a stronger firing pin spring, and I’ve not heard stories of this actually happening), or letting it get captured by a super powerful magnet like the one in an MRI machine, which can also defeat the Colt Series 80 firing pin block (a real case).

          • Cool. Thanks, that’s my misunderstanding of how the mechanism is constructed. Time to do more reading.

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  4. My saintly and elderly mother, a permitted concealed carrier of a nice S&W .38SPL, has drawn her gun exactly once in public over several decades of carrying. She was approaching her vehicle in a parking lot and saw two men opening its doors and getting in it. She pulled her handgun, held it at her side out of sight, stood across the next car from them, and demanded to know what they were doing with her vehicle. They quickly explained it was theirs, and pointed to an identical car about two cars beyond theirs. Yes, two old white Cadillacs of identical model were parked almost next to one another. After my mom apologized profusely, they all had a good laugh.

    The two men were, amusingly enough, handgun instructors at a nearby range. She ended up taking a shooting class from one of them. He told the story about how an old lady got the drop on him and another instructor in a parking lot to the whole class, in regards to situational awareness.

    Watch out for old people with guns. They just might know how to use them.

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