I was reading Stilletto’s page.
She is talking about buying guns. And is sort of worried about automatics jamming.
Okay. Here is the thing. All automatics jam. But. You just slam that gun handle down on the nearest hard surface, jam fixed, and keep firing — usually.
A bad jam? Release the cartridge, slam it back home. That is three seconds. The end.
A thousand rounds down, you get real good at this.
And of course there is the other answer. A smart man once told me, The back up for a gun gone wrong? Is another gun.
Glocks are good for women because the trigger pressure is light. If you have to pull against trigger pressure so hard it throws your aim off, you will not hit your target. One thing should be moving when you pull a trigger. The finger pulling the trigger. That is it. If more things are moving, well you have a problem.
Most guns have a high pressure on the trigger. They are built for guys. Humans with big hands, and strong hand muscles. [And I am totally going to be delicate here and not point out why those hand muscles are developed.] But. Glocks are light. You can pull and not throw off your aim if you have computer wrists and small hands. [Translation : If you are me or Stilletto.]
You can adjust other guns. But, trigger pressure is the reason most cops will tell a woman to get a Glock. It is already there. And you can pull that trigger without throwing off your aim.
Glocks have one safety. That safety is in your head. No button you have to pull or click or punch or shift or turn — the gun is on. The gun is always on. The safety, i.e. whether or not to pull the trigger or not, is in your head.
I like that. One, because safeties are not fail safes. Guns with safeties on have fired. So it is stupid to trust a safety. They do not always work. And, putting the safety in your head? To me that is the right safety. I mean, why would you fire a gun if you did not mean it? Something stopping you from pulling that trigger when you have full intent is stupid to me. And, not knowing it is entirely up to you and you better be right, that too is stupid to me. The safety should always be in your head. Not in the gun.
I have a buddy in Texas whose life was saved by another kind of safety. Jimmy Lee. I totally love Jimmy Lee but he is was and always will be a total rake. Jimmy Lee – I will save that story for another time.
I have two buddies who seriously hate Glocks. One is an Army Ranger. The other is Singer Guy. I never got exactly the story on why Singer Guy hates Glocks. He just seriously does. The Army Ranger says Glocks kill their owners. He might be right. He spent enough hours in a trench shooting at people who were shooting back trying to kill him to know something about guns. He also lost a good friend on a trip to I-Hop thanks to a Glock. [Has anybody ever figured out the term friendly fire? I have not.] He thinks they fire without warning and with intent. He thinks they are possessed. Me? I take his warning under advisement. I think I have to have a gun I can aim. And, when you get a Glock? Make sure you get one with night sites, keep a flashlight under your bed, work on shooting with one hand both right and left, and also, get the extra cartridge magazine and always triple tap.