I've been commenting on all the cool and interesting stuff V and I found in the NRA Exhibit Hall. This is one item that I just do not like at all.
Safe Round. It is basically a dummy round that you would load as the first round in a pistol or revolver. If there is a negligent trigger pull, or if an intruder gets your firearm, the gun is locked up and unusable until the Safe Round is reset.
The first problem I have with this product is that it is a crutch and enables unsafe firearm handling and storage. It can be used as an excuse to leave a handgun where untrained or undisciplined children can get access to it. I can see the news report now. "Geeze officer, I thought I had loaded a Safe Round."
The second problem I have with this product is that it defeats the purpose of keeping a firearm handy for self defense. In an emergency situation where you need to use that revolver right now, are you going to remember to advance the cylinder? How about ejecting the first round in your semi-auto?
You do not need a crutch to maintain a safe, firearm owning, household.
If you watch the video and decide that this product really is for you, then head on over and pick one up. Just do me one favor and don't let this product lull you into a false sense of security and start developing lackadaisical firearm safety habits.
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