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Old 03-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #21
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Ok guys, what's the deal with "Don't put all your eggs in one basket"?

I mean maybe you only have access to one basket at the time. Maybe your backup basket has a hole in it. WTF?

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:54 PM   #22
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We've run out of reasonable topics to discuss
Couldn't agree more, Hoss. I can't believe how complex a thread about such a simple rule has become.

I guess there will always be people who want to put moving parts on cast-iron skillets.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:15 PM   #23
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You're right, guys, I do take it literally, though I believe if something is going to be stated for purpose of rule it should say what it means. I like to intellectualize things, this was an easy one for me.

I still think it an absurd thing even when in hand... Holstering it it's in my hand and pointed at my leg/knee/foot.

When I shot Archery the teaching of safety was never point anywhere but down range or at the ground. I thought of applying that to guns, but it can't be. A gun is kept loaded as it's use is more than recreational or for food, it's for self defense which leaves it loaded at all or most times.

Anyway, I've determined I will no longer use this guideline or consider it intelligent or sound advice. I'm going to stick with finger off trigger until ready to fire and treat as though always loaded until proven otherwise.

Thanks for participating guys.

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #24
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so are you never going to go to a gun show with all the guns pointed at you?

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so are you never going to go to a gun show with all the guns pointed at you?
I'm saying I have no problems with guns pointed at me as long as fingers are off the trigger. Loaded or un-... I never really have. That was my whole point here, that this paranoia has gotten overboard.

I look at it like this, if I were so afraid of inanimate objects I'd never step foot out my door, never have a microwave or oven, etc, etc, etc. Sh!t happens & I firmly believe the beauty of life is in the unpredictability of it all, no matter how much we'd like to convince ourselves we have control.

But hey, to each their own. I'm just another ahole with an ahole & opinion.
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I almost got shot in the butt by a buddy's girlfriend who lost track of this guideline. As far as she knew, the little pistol was unloaded, and she was just examining it like one would at a store, ONLY MY ASS WAS DOWNRANGE next to the stove, in the kitchen.

I really try to monitor where the barrel is pointed, loaded or not. Sitting on the seat in a holster, I don't much worry about it though. It's the addition of a hand to the pistol that makes it dangerous.

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It's the addition of a hand to the pistol that makes it dangerous.
Precisely!

And that's a great story for the grandchildren! ;P
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Common sense must prevail. I do assume every gun is loaded until I check it myself to be sure its not.

As to pointing a gun, I dry fire at animals on Animal Planet, a target hung on my wall in my shop, living room or where ever. I've aimed at little pitchers in my wife's curio cabinet, even nail heads in the walls.

And, no, I've never shot any of these. Rule No.1 with me is to clear all guns first of all. That rule has stood me in good stead all my life, in over 65 years of gun handling, I've never had a negligent/accidental discharge. The opnly exception was an accidental discharge with a Thompson Contender, but obeying the rule to keep the pistol pointed downrange prevented any injury or damage. In this case I had aimed and pulled the trigger on a loaded pistol which failed to fire.

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My interpretation of the "rule" is "Don't point your gun at anything you are not WILLING to destroy". Just because I am WILLING to destroy it, does not mean I will. I have pointed guns at countless people over the last 28+ years. They comply and no shot fired, yet. I am willing to destroy them, if it gets that far. So far, they have sensed the willingness and abandoned the endeavor.

AFAIAC where the muzzle points while in the holster is NOT a part of this equation.

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Precisely!

And that's a great story for the grandchildren! ;P
YES!! Precisely! So why are you worrying over having it in your holster?

You're flipping back and forth here man. Like my granddad used to say, "talking to hear your head rattle".
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