Many moons ago, we tested the Charter Arms Pitbull revolvers, which fire rimless cartridges. We tested both the .40S&W and 9mm versions:
Well, Charter recently announced that they were redesigning the Pitbull to reduce capacity from 6 rounds to 5, in the interest of improving spent case extraction, which was one of the problems we encountered when we tested them.
While that would remedy one of the problems that we identified with the Pitbull, it won’t address the others.
If you read Jeff Cooper’s wikipedia entry, it defines Condition Yellow by quoting The Carry Book: Minnesota Edition, 2011:
Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”. You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”
What the hell is going on here?
Dumbo Zumbo shoots his career in the foot by going full-Fudd.
Then Dickless Metcalf starts carrying the anti-gunners’ water for them, and his mealy-mouthed editor at Guns & Ammo helps him do it.
Now Bob Owens of BearingArms.com has joined their illustrious company on the anti-gun side. This, after Owens took Metcalf to task for acting as a puppet for the anti-gun cultists!
In an op-ed for the anti-gun liberal L.A. Times, Owens badmouths Glock because of a rash of police accidental shootings due to what he claims to be an overly-light trigger pull & too-short trigger travel distance (and a lack of a manual safety) on Glock handguns.
“For more than 35 years, officer-involved accidental discharges with Glocks and Glock-like weapons have been blamed on a lack of training or negligence on the part of the individual cops. What critics should be addressing instead is the brutal reality that short trigger pulls and natural human reflexes are a deadly combination.”
So, all of a sudden the minimal firearms training requirements (partly budgetary in nature) for police are absolved of guilt for these officers’ negligence?
And the Glock trigger (which is longer and heavier than a 1911) is suddenly a problem, despite this rash of police-initiated incidents that has not been mirrored by a commensurate increase in civilian negligent discharges? And the police Glocks use an even heavier trigger than civilian Glocks (the “New York Trigger”).
Owens talks about going back to issuing police guns that have long DAO (double-action only) triggers. Which will make the already abysmal track record of police firearms accuracy even worse.
Owens tried to deflect & defuse the controversy on his own blog:
“Mechanically, Glocks and similar pistols are incredibly solid and reliable designs. What they aren’t is forgiving…Unfortunately, until they start manufacturing failure-proof people, Glocks and other short trigger pull guns are going to be a bad choice for professions where high stress is a constant.”
There isn’t anything I can think of that has higher stress than a self-defense situation. And by Owens’ standard, the 1911 (with its lighter and shorter trigger) is even worse than a Glock for such situations. The Walther PPS and PPQ have lighter, shorter triggers than a Glock. My Springfield XDM has a shorter, lighter trigger than a Glock. Haven’t shot a S&W M&P lately but its entirely possible that their triggers are comparable or lighter/shorter than a Glock. Owens tries to suggest that the Beretta 92/96 design (which has proven to be prone to breakage in military service) is the answer. He also suggests the Ruger SR series…which has a Glock-like trigger. And the discontinued 1st-3rd gen S&W pistols. Hey, Bob, how about a Nagant M1895 revolver? Is that a heavy enough trigger for you?
Some have claimed that Owens has a relationship with a rival firearms manufacturer, and this is what is driving his sudden attack of foot-in-mouth disease. Or maybe he just needed to get some attention, like an infant throwing his pacifier on the floor and crying.
Regardless of his motivation, Owens proved himself to be a willing tool of the anti-gun crowd, and an ignoramus.
Enjoy your infamy, you chinless hayseed.
The late, great character actor Strother Martin had many memorable lines in Cool Hand Luke. Among them:
“What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it… well, he gets it.”
That message was what came to mind as I read this recent article by Kurt Schlichter at townhall.com which compares his experiences with inter-faction conflict in Kosovo with the culture war in America today.
The popularity of 9mm handguns continues to grow.
And the rights of Americans to carry concealed handguns for self-defense are becoming more entrenched across the country. Even if some areas only try to pay lip-service to them.
In light of recent product introductions, it is time to update our round-up of little 9mm handguns.
Back in 2014, Ruger released a striker-fired version of their LC9s pistol.