Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Good Idea?

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.

A couple related links:

Kids and Firearm Safety

Educating Your Kids


Lewis Burwell said...

That sucker is not the solution. As you point out, education of our children is the solution. Why on earth would anybody want one of those mickey mouse pieces of their weapon?

Anonymous said...

I'll give credit to an innovative idea, but it's simply a horrific idea. For one, I can only see this causing more problems than solving.

I think the chances of needing to fire off a round are MUCH greater than wanting one to get stuck.

Fits said...

None of my semi-automatics come with clips, so that leaves me out. Damn. And here I was thinking the thing was a good idea too.

Mike W. said...

This is a solution to a non-existent problem. I'll leave it at that, because this really deserves a blog post of it's own.