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No one likes the TSA rules, mainly because they are not logical. That said, if you are planning on flying you need to abide by them or you simply will not get on the plane.  Because of this I just grin and bear it in order to get pushed through the line faster and get where I need to go.

Fellow gun blogger SaysUncle is trying a different approach though:

I’m going to get all absolutist at the ticket counter today. They’re going to ask me to certify that my checked firearm is unloaded. I will say all firearms are always loaded. Then they’ll have to call some one from the local police to handle the weapon. Then, they’ll ask me to certify that it is unloaded again. I will say all firearms are always loaded. And we’ll be stuck in a loop. (Source)

Now don’t get me wrong.. in a normal everyday situation outside of an airport I’d see that as a perfect opportunity to go all “Jeff Cooper” on someones ass too.

At an airport though, where even a 3.1 oz bottle of handsanitizer in a carryon is a threat to national security… I’d play their stupid game.

Otherwise it might be:

“Yes sir/ma’am my firearm is unloaded” is probably your safest bet.

Godspeed SaysUncle… Godspeed

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The Zippo lighter stopped the bullet, leaving Brad Cooper with just a bruise on his leg. He says, “we’ve started making jokes about it at work, They say wind proof…I say bullet proof.”

Full story – HERE

Pretty stupid to keep walking towards a guy with a gun after he already shot you once. If the guy aimed anywhere else this post would have been about a Darwin award winner rather than a lucky break.

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The suit asserts: “At eighteen years of age, law-abiding citizens in this country are considered adults for almost all purposes and certainly for the purposes of the exercise of fundamental constitutional rights.

Full Story – HERE

At least some states allow private transfer of a handgun, or giving a handgun as a gift to an 18 year old.

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He said he believed his finger was outside the trigger guard and not resting on the trigger.

Classic line which is said by most negligent discharge bozos.  Has the “blame it on the gun” angle ever worked? Looks like he got proven wrong by the pictures they managed to recover anyway.

Full Story – HERE

Oh Jeff Cooper… why can’t you have influenced EVERYONE in your short time on this earth?

What a shame that a young girl is dead all because of poor gun handling. To top it off, her boyfriend who killed her only gets 3 years and 4 months in jail? WTF?  I am not entirely familiar with the minimum prison term for manslaughter in the United States, but I hope it is a lot more severe than that.

Thank got at least he got what he did. There is a video on the page I linked where it says that a “range of sentencing options are being considered including a home detention.”  Wow…. so this guy kills someone and there was actually consideration in sentencing him to stay in his comfortable home rather than jail?

He put her in his car and took her to a medical centre but refused to give a statement to police for three days.

That’s pretty shady too, but maybe he was advised on that by a lawyer.

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What you get if you violate all 4 of Jeff Coopers “Rules of Firearm Safety”:

Philip Collopy, 29, a member of a gang in Limerick, Ireland, apparently did not realize his Glock 9mm pistol was loaded when he pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger in front of shocked onlookers.

Collopy, who was aligned to the Keane-Collopy gang in a long-running gangland feud, had emptied the magazine from the handgun, but there was still a bullet in the chamber.

Full Story – HERE

Seeing as he was a member of a gang in Limerick, I figured this post deserved a good related Limerick poem. I failed to come up with anything that didn’t violate the rules of form though (HERE).

Can you guys come up with anything good?

  • For those that are not familiar with the late Marine Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper’s rules of firearm safety:

  1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
  4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

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You’d think that since Russians apparently invented the stupid “game”, they would know how it works.

You can’t put one round in the magazine of an autoloader, and not expect it to fire after you rack the slide and pull the trigger.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTxyS6SxxPw[/youtube]

Full Story – HERE

After watching the video, this is how I believe it went down:

20 seconds – Guy #1 is carrying the gun (a Makarov PM) in some type of small (pocket?) holster.

23 seconds – Guy #1 removes holster and throws it onto the table.

24 seconds – Guy #1 pretends to load the gun by racking the slide, but only pulls it back slightly, so no bullet chambers.

29 seconds – You can tell that Guy #1 does not pull the trigger.  The sound you hear is likely him clicking the slide mounted safety off.

32 seconds – Guy #1 racks the slide and puts a round into the chamber.

35 seconds – Guy #2 pulls trigger and discharges round into his head, as 2 of the onlookers realize he does not know the “click the safety for the sound” trick  :roll:

I would never in a million years consider doing anything so stupid with a gun. “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes” as they say.

As usual, Jeff Cooper‘s rules apply here.. most relevant are #1 and #2:

  1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
  4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

Hat Tip: SayUncle

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